[[Image:Ignatius Hazim.jpg|right|thumb|200px|[[Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch|Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch]]]]
[[Image:PatriarchofAntiochandAlltheEast.jpg|right|thumb|150px|[[Ignatius Zakka I Iwas]].]]
The [St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology (Tripoli, Lebanon|
[St. John of Damascus Patriarchal Institute of Theology (Tripoli, Lebanon)]] was established by the patriarchate in 1970, and in 1988 it was fully incorporated into the University of Balamand. The Institute functions as the primary seminary for theological schooling for the patriarchate's clergy and lay leaders.
The [[Holy Synod]] of Antioch includes the [[patriarch]] and all the ruling [[bishop]]s. Meetings are held each year in Spring and Autumn at the patriarchate to consider church-wide issues, and to elect the patriarch and other [[bishop]]s as needed. The patriarch and holy synod govern the Church of Antioch to preserve the true faith, to maintain ecclesiastical order, and to carry out the commandments of Christ. In addition to the synod itself, a general conciliar body meets twice a year to see to the financial, educational, judicial, and administrative matters of the patriarchate. It is composed of members of the synod and of lay representatives. When a new patriarch is to be elected, this body selects three candidates from whom the holy synod chooses the new patriarch.