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Badih enrolled at Seminary College, [[Balamand Orthodox Theological Seminary (Tripoli, Lebanon)|Balamand]], in 1952 with the support of Metropolitan Abourjeili. Five years later, he was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] with the name of Paul and sent to the [[seminary]] on Patmos, Greece. A year later, he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by Metropolitan Abourjeili and went to the University of Athens for further theological studies.
1963 saw Deacon Paul graduate and serve in Tripoli under Metropolitan [[Elias (Kurban) of Tripoli]]. Dcn Paul was appointed teacher to Orthodox schools, member of the spiritual court and secretary to the diocesan board. In 1965, [[Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch|Ignatius (Hazim)]], the [[superior]] of Balamand Monastery (
now Patriarch of Antioch), appointed Dcn Paul as teacher at the Balamand Orthodox Theological Seminary. The next year, Metropolitan Elias ordained him to the [[priest]]hood and, in the same service, made him an [[archimandrite]].