Timely Montreal visit from head of Antiochian Orthodox Church

    Metropolitan Archbishop PHILIP Saliba to discuss the election of the new
    President in Lebanon and the interaction between the various religious

    MONTREAL, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Montreal's St-George Antiochian Church
will host a monumental event for the self-ruled Antiochian Orthodox Church of
all of North America. On Saturday, June 7th 2008, the Metropolitan Archbishop
PHILIP Saliba, who is the primate and highest ecumenical figure of this church
in North America, will join his parishioners in Montreal to celebrate his
leadership of the largest Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church worldwide for
over forty years.
    Born in 1931 in Lebanon, Metropolitan PHILIP was ordained to the holy
diaconate in 1949 at the young age of 18 years old. Awarded scholarships to
the Kelham Theological School and the University of London in Great Britain,
he also earned a Bachelor's degree and subsequently a Master of Divinity as
well as an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. In 1966 Metropolitan
PHILIP was consecrated and enthroned. Over the years, Metropolitan PHILIP's
illustrious career and leadership has included activities in Middle Eastern
affairs, a trust fund to provide scholarship to Arab refugees, many charitable
and humanitarian deeds as well as several books which he has authored. In 2003
in a historic move, under Metropolitan PHILIP's leadership the Archdiocese of
North America requested and was granted the status of self-ruling archdiocese.
    St-George Antiochian Church will host a gala evening on Saturday, June
7th at the Hyatt Hotel and a hierarchical liturgy the next day at their Church
located at 555 Jean Talon east on Sunday, June 8th.

    Press Opportunity: His Eminence will meet the press on Saturday, June 7th
    at 11am at the Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Hotel. The press is
    requested to rsvp by contacting one of the press representatives
    indicated below.

    For one-on-one interviews and further information contact:

    English press:                 French & Arabic press:
    Terry Diab                     Nicolas Sayegh
    (514) 731-4111                 (514) 969-8242

For further information:

For further information: Father Antony Gabriel, (514) 276-8533,
info@saintgeorgemontreal.org; Event coordinator: Cynthia Courey, (514)

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