Victor (Abo-Assaley) of New York

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‘‘‘Victor (Abo-Assaley)’’’ was a bishop consecrated in 1924 by the Patriarch of Antioch and assigned to organize the Syrian parishes in North America into a common Syrian diocese following the disorder created by the breakdown of the Russian North American diocese created by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.


Victor was consecrated on September 11, 1924 and began his efforts in the United States shortly thereafter. Bp. Victor’s efforts were met with limited success among the Syrian parishes led by Bp. Aftimios (Ofiesh) within the Russian North American diocese. The majority of parishes remained loyal to Bp. Afitmios.

Bp. Victor died on April 19, 1934. After his death the parishes loyal to him were administered by Archimandrite Anthony Bashir who had come to the United States independently in 1922 as “a missionary to the unchurched Syrians of America.