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Anthony (Bashir) of New York

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His Eminence the Most Reverend '''Anthony (Bashir) ''' Archbishop of New Yorkwas the ruling [[bishop]] of the North American arch[[diocese]] of the [[Church of Antioch]] from 1936 to 1966 and successfully led the splintered members associated with the Church of Antioch into an efficient, tightly-knit and financially sound organization. He recognized early the need to introduce English in the American milieu and accept converts into the Church including [[ordain]]ing many to the [[priest]]hood.
His Eminence ==Life==Anthony Bashir was born on [[March 15]], 1898, in Douma, Lebanon. He initially studied at the [[Balamand Orthodox Theological Seminary]] in Tripoli, Lebanon, then continued his education at the the Law School of Baabda, Lebanon and at the American University of Beirut where he later taught Arabic literature. He was ordained a [[deacon]] in 1916 and actively worked for the Church in Lebanon. In 1922 the [[Patriarch]] of Antioch sent him to the United States where for the Most Reverend '''Anthony next 13 years he was active organizing societies, building churches, and serving Syrian (BashirArab)''' Archbishop parishes of the "unchurched Syrians in America." In 1923, he was elevated to the rank of [[Archmandrite]]. On [[April 19]], 1934, Bishop Victor Abu-Assaly of New York was the ruling bishop died. He had been appointed head of the North American archdiocese of the Church of Antioch on [[September 11]], 1924, by the [[Church Patriarch of Antioch]] from 1936 . Thus, Archmandrite Anthony was to administer those parishes that had been loyal to Bishop Victor until a successor would be named. After 1934, he provided much needed leadership to 1966 and successfully led the splintered members dis-associated with Syrian communities. His actions were recognized when he was consecrated archbishop in the Church jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Antioch into an efficient. He was consecrated at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York, tightly-knit by [[Metropolitan]] Theodosius of Tyre and Sidon and financially sound the Russian Archbishop Vitaly of New Jersey on [[April 19]], 1936. In the ensuing years Archbishop Anthony brought organizationand unity to the Antiochian community and pursued reconciliation of the division in the Syrian community created when Samuel David was also consecrated as the Syrian Archbishop of Toledo, Ohio.  He recognized early the need to introduce English for Orthodox cooperation, being instrumental in the organization in 1942 of the ''Federation of the Primary Jurisdictions of the Orthodox Greek Catholic Churches in the American milieu Americas'' and accept converts its re-organization into the Church including ordaining many more effective ''Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas''. He died on [[February 15]], 1966, to the priesthoodbe succeeded by Archbishop [[Philip (Saliba) of New York]] who has continued his tradition of energetic leadership.
{{start box}}{{succession|before=Victor Abu-Assaly|title=Life==Anthony Bashir was born on [[March 15Church of Antioch|Archbishop of New York]], 1898 in Douma, Lebanon. He initially studied at the |years=1936-1966|after=[[Balamand Orthodox Theological SeminaryPhilip (Saliba) of New York|Philip (Saliba)]] in Tripoli, Lebanon, then continued his education at the the Law School of Baabda, Lebanon and at the American University of Beirut where he later taught Arabic literature. He was ordained a }}{{end box}} [[deaconCategory: bishops]] on 1916 and actively worked for the Church in Lebanon. In 1922 the Patriarch of Antioch sent him to the United States where for the next 13 years he was active organizing societies, building churches, and serving Syrian (Arab) parishes of the “unchurched Syrians in America.
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