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Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand

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His Eminence Grace the Most Reverend [[ArchbishopBishop]] '''Gibran (RimlawiRamlawey) of Australia and New Zealand''' ([[September 14]], 1931 – [[January 1416]], 1999) was the [[primatePatriarchal Vicar]] of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand from 1969-1999. {{AusEpisStub}}
===Early Life and Education===*1931 Sep 14 - Gibran Rimlawi Ramlawey born in Tripoli Mina, Lebanon, to Yacoub Ramlawey and Farfoura (née Ishak).*1948 - Gibran graduates from Saint Elias Orthodox College, and enters the is tonsured a monastic order under the tutelage of Metropolitan Theodosius of Tripoli. Brother Monk Gibran serves as his personal secretary until 1953.*1954 - Br. Monk Gibran graduates from College of Three Hierarchs in Beirut, with diploma in psychology and philosophy.*1954 - Metropolitan Elia of Beirut ordains him a [[deacon]] on Pentecost. Dcn Hdcn Gibran teaches Arabic, French, Literature and Ethics at St. Saint Elias College.*1959 - Metrop. Elia ordains Dcn Hdcn Gibran a priest. Fr Gibran continues to teach.*1962 - Fr Gibran receives graduate diploma in literature from St. Saint Joseph University in Beirut.::===North America===*1962 - Metropolitan [[Anthony (Bashir) of New York|Antony Bashir]] calls Fr Gibran to join the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America|Syrian Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America]]; . Fr Gibran serves at St. Saint Nicholas Church in Montreal, Canada, from February of this year.[]*1963 Nov - [[Archimandrite]] Gibran transferred to St. Mary's Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Archim. Gibran continues theological and academic studies.
*1964 - Archim. Gibran receives Bachelor of Theology from [[Christ the Saviour Seminary (Johnstown, Pennsylvania)|Christ the Savior Seminary]]. He begins to teach Logic and Ethics.
::Archim. Gibran also teaches French at Johnstown branch of University of Pittsburgh, and continues postgraduate work at Duquesne University. He also serves as president of Council of Orthodox Clergy of Greater Johnstown.
*1968-69 - Archim. Gibran teaches philosophy at John Carroll University.
*1969 Apr - Archim. Gibran elected president of Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy.
 ===Patriarchal Vicar of Australasia=== *1969 Appointed [[Exarch]] and dispatched to Australia from USA by [[Church of Antioch|Patriarch of Antioch]] to investigate future needs of the Antiochian Church in Australasia.::Oct 17 - Archim. Gibran elected Exarch [[Patriarchal Vicar]] by Holy Synod of Antioch for newly created [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand|Australia, New Zealand and All OceaniaDiocese of Australasia]].*1969 Oct 22 - Archim. Gibran notified about election. North American archdiocese asked to consecrate him, which is led by Metropolitan Archbishop [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|Philip Saliba]]. Bishop (later Archbishop) Gibran ruling bishop is patriarchal vicar of Australia and New Zealand for the next 30 years.*1999 Jan 16 1998 Northern Autumn - Archbishop Holy Synod of Antioch nominates Bishop Gibran reposes for elevation to rank of ischaemic heart diseaseArchbishop but he reposes before appointment. Buried in  ===Administrative problems surrounding repose=== Bishop Gibran's death certificate incorrectly records burial at Rookwood Independent Orthodox Lawn Cemetery. Burial was in the bishop's section of the Greek Orthodox Cemetery, Rookwood , Sydney , immediately behind the Greek Orthodox Chapel of St Athanasius. His headstone records his date of repose as 14 January 1999, however, a coronial inquiry found that he died "on 22 or about 16 January 1999, of ischaemic heart disease"Subdeacon Hanna says Sayidna Gibran was found on the morning of Saturday 16 January 1999 by himself and Father Elias both of Saint Nicholas Church Punchbowl. Subdeacon Hanna says there was fresh blood on the floor where he hit his head after passing out. Subdeacon Hanna says it was obvious he had died that morning. ===Difficulties with name=== Bishop Gibran was born in an Arabic speaking country. His name was written in Arabic. There is no standard for translation of Arabic names into the French language or the English language.  Gibran is the English transliteration of the Arabic name. Gabriel is the equivalent English name.  In Australia his surname was usually spelt Ramlawey. This spelling is used on his Australian passport, his NSW death certificate, and his gravestone. His passport and his death certificate are held in the Australian Archdiocesan Archives. 
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before=&mdash;[[Nicolas Mansour]], Exarch|title=Bishop Patriarchal Vicar of Australia and New Zealand and All Oceania <br>([[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand|Antiochian Diocese]])|
after=[[Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand|Paul (Saliba)]]}}
==External links==
* [ Official Biography] from the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand
*[ Biography] from the Orthodox Research Institute
*[ Bishop Gibran's Consecration Sermon] from the Orthodox Research Institute
[[Category:20th-century bishops]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in New Zealand]]

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