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Please keep the two abducted Archbishops
in your prayers as the Mother Church does

Both Archbishops were abducted
on Monday April 22, 2013

Syriac Orthodox Church News:

October,13 2017
Cairo-Egypt: A Coptic Orthodox Christian priest was murdered and another was injured in a knife attack yesterday morning in the Capital city of Cairo.

Father ‘Samaan Shihata’ (Fr Simon) from Bani Suief, Upper Egypt, was on a visit to Cairo with another priest. They were attacked by some unknown person who killed Fr Simon.

Local media reported that police have arrested the culprit and he is curr...More

October,11 2017
On Sunday October 08, 2017 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II has arrived San Diego city to consecrate St. Paul the Apostle church in San Diego, CA.

At 5 pm. His Holiness assisted by His Eminence Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Western USA and His Eminence Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar of Zahleh and Beqaa, started to consecrate the St. Paul church, in the pre...More

October,5 2017
Born: 1926 Hasakeh, Syria
Died: October 03, 2017, Burbank, California

With submission to the will of God, with great sorrow, we announce passing away of faithful Ishak Masoudi on Tuesday October 03, 2017 in Burbank, California.

Condolences: Are accepted on Wednesday and Thursday October 04-05, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at St. Ephrai...More

October,3 2017
Born: Syria
Died: October 03, 2017 Bakersfield, California

With submission to the will of God, with great sorrow, we announce passing away of faithful Azar Assaf, on Tuesday October 03, 2017 in Bakersfield, California.

The late Azar Assaf’s:
Najwa Haroun
Children: Tony Assaf, Katya and Jewel.

September,28 2017
Damascus (AFP) - A Christian legislator was Thursday elected speaker of parliament in predominantly Muslim Syria for the first time in decades.

Hammudeh Sabbagh, a 58-year-old and member of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, graduate in law and member of President Bashar al-Assad's Baath party from Hasakeh province in northeast Syria, won 193 votes out of 252 cast, state media reported.

He became the first ...More

September,25 2017
On Saturday September 23, the Annual Clergy and Sunday School Teachers retreat of the local churches was held at St. Ephraim Cathedral. The topic of the retreat was "How do we connect to God in our everyday lives?"

After opening prayers His Eminence provided a handout to all teachers and clergy which stressed on the importance of the following 5 points:
1- Personal Application of God's Truth must...More

September,22 2017

صبيحة يوم الأحد 17 أيلول 2017 وفي أجواء فرحٍ روحي عظيم وغبطة كبيرة ، إحتفل صاحب النيافة مار اقليميس أوكين قبلان النائب البطريركي لأبرشية غربي الولايات المتحدة بالذبيحة الالهية بكاتدرائية مار افرام السرياني في بربانك، عاونه كاهن الكاتدرائية الاب الفاضل كبرئيل حنا ونخبة من الشمامسة وجوقة المرتلات بأصواتها الجميلة وحضور جمهور غفير من المؤمنين وحش...More

September,20 2017
With submission to the will of God, with great sorrow, we announce passing away of faithful Ibrahim Kettaneh on Monday September 18, 2017 in Orange, California.

Born: December 12, 1954 Bethlehem, Palestine
Died: September 18, 2017, Orange, California

Parents: Abdallah and Hanneh Kettaneh
Brothers: Samir, Hanna, Elia, Adel

September,19 2017
With submission to the will of God, with great sorrow, we announce passing away of the very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Al-Banna (Brother of very Rev. Fr. George Al-Banna priest of St. Ignatius, Portland, Oregon) the priest of St. Ephrem Cathedral, Jordan, on Sunday September 17, 2017 in Amman, Jordan.


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