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Aftimios Ofiesh

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In 1932, Archbishop Aftimios was invited to come to St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to arbitrate a dispute regarding the transfer of its priest, Fr. Constantine Abou-Adal. When Fr. Constantine left St. Mary's in November of 1932, the parish was without a pastor, and so Archbishop Aftimios served in that capacity until February of 1933, organizing a choir and Sunday School at the parish. During this time, he met and became involved with one of St. Mary's parishioners, Mariam Namey, then subsequently married her in a civil ceremony in April of 1933.[http://www.antiochian.org/1112460492]
[[Image:Aftimios Ofiesh2.jpg|left|thumb|250px200px|Aftimios in [[mantiya]]]]
Reports vary at this point as to what happened regarding Aftimios' episcopacy. According to the parish records of St. Mary's, he "was retired" and lived in nearby Kingston until his death in 1966. With the withdrawal of support for the American Orthodox Catholic Church, it lost its canonical status. According to the book ''Orthodox Christians in North America (1794-1994)'', however, Aftimios "resigned his episcopacy and married."[http://www.oca.org/MVorthchristiansnamerica.asp?SID=1&Chap=CH5]
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