Our Community

What We Believe

Orthodoxy is more a way of worshiping God and living in community with our fellow Christians and the created world than it is a set of dogmatic axioms. Nonetheless, there are certain things Orthodox Christians believe about God, the Church, and the creation that we all believe and which we would never change. We remain …

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Church of Martyrs and Confessors

We all know that the disciples of Jesus were “first called Christians at Antioch” (Acts 11:26). Orthodox Christians, however, have never left the environs of Antioch which is now a fairly large city in southern Turkey called Antakya where people still speak Aramaic. The Patriarchate of Antioch has been known for raising up great preachers …

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Our Pastor

Our pastor, the Archpriest John Atchison, was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop ANTOUN at St George Antiochian Church in Cicero, IL in April, 1995. He was then ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop BASIL at St Elijah Antiochian Church in Oklahoma City in June of 1995. It is appropriate to refer to him as “Father” John …

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Our Bishop, ANTOUN

ANTOUN of MIAMI and the SOUTHEAST Sayidna Antoun was born in 1931 in Damascus on January 17th, the feast-day of his patron saint, Anthony the Great. He was educated in Orthodox primary school and then entered the minor seminary at Balamand Monastery. While a young student at the monastery, Sayidna met his lifelong friend, our …

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Metropolitan Joseph

Our Metropolitan, JOSEPH

Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Alliyeh schools in Damascus and …

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Our Patriarch, JOHN X

Our Patriarch, His Beatitude JOHN X of Antioch and all the East His Beatitude was born in Lattakia, Syria in 1955. His father, a poet and a teacher of Arabic was from the Syrian ‘Valley of the Christians’ and his mother was from Tripoli, Lebanon, the site of the Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand.Patriarch …

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Our Church Building

When you come to visit us you will notice that our church building is different from most American churches. The ‘Church’ in Biblical Greek is called the Body of Christ, or the People of God or the Saints (Holy Ones). People worship in a temple and that is the word we traditionally use for our church …

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Fresco of Saint Nicholas

Our Patron: Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

Our Patron: Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Saint Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra in Lycia (present day Turkey). He is known not only for many miracles but also for his love and compassion for both the poor and children. He was also present at the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea (c. AD 325) and was …

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