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January,25 2016

Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch News:

Following the directions of His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, His Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar in the Archdiocese of Western USA, celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Ephraim Church in Rhode Island. He was assisted by their Eminences Mor Athanasius Elia Bahi, Patriarchal Vicar in Canada, and Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Assistant and Patriarchal Delegate in the Archdiocese of Eastern USA.

During the Holy Qurobo, His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak presided over the funeral service of Late Lamented Mor Athanasius Aphrem Barsoum.

His Holiness’ obituary was read in the church followed by eulogies from the Archbishops present.

The body of the late archbishop was then buried at the cemetery.


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The Western Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, providing spiritual guidance and leadership to the Syriac Orthodox community, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of 18 churches and parishes in 17 western states. It was established in 1952 as the Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church encompassing the entire United States and Canada. In November 1995 by the Holy Synod, the Western Archdiocese was formed to exclusively serve the 17 states of the western half United States.

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