Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church of Antioch

Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church of Antioch

260 Elm Avenue
Attn: Archdiocese for the Eastern U.S.
Teaneck, NJ 07666
United States

Attesting Officer
Very Rev. Chorepiscopus John Meno
Ecumenical Officer


Media Contact
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The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch traces its origin to the Patriarchate established in Antioch by St. Peter the Apostle. It is under the supreme ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Holiness the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, now residing in Damascus, Syria. The Syrian Orthodox Church--composed of several archdioceses, numerous parishes, schools and seminaries--professes the faith of the first three Ecumenical Councils of Nicaea, Constantinople and Ephesus, and numbers faithful in the Middle East, India, the Americas, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The first Syrian Orthodox faithful came to North America during the late 1800s, and by 1907 the first Syrian Orthodox priest was ordained to tend to the community's spiritual needs. In 1949, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Athanasius Y. Samuel came to America and was appointed Patriarchal Vicar in 1952. The Archdiocese was officially established in 1957. In 1995, the Archdiocese of North America was divided into three separate Patriarchal Vicariates (Eastern United States, Western United States and Canada), each under a hierarch of the Church.
There are 32 official archdiocesan parishes in the United States, located in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. In Canada, there are six official parishes - three in the Province of Ontario and two in the Province of Quebec and one in the Province of Alberta.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2009
32,500
0
0
32,500
32
2008
32,500
0
0
32,500
32
2005
32,500
0
0
32,500
31
2004
32,500
0
0
32,500
31
2003
32,500
0
0
32,500
31
1999
32,500
0
0
32,500
22
1997
32,500
0
0
32,500
21
1995
32,500
0
0
32,500
17
1994
32,500
0
0
32,500
17
1993
32,500
0
0
32,500
17
1992
33,000
0
0
33,000
16
1988
0
0
0
30,000
28
1987
0
0
0
30,000
28
1986
0
0
0
30,000
22
1985
0
0
0
30,000
22
1984
0
0
0
30,000
18
1983
0
0
0
30,000
13
1982
0
0
0
30,000
13
1980
0
0
0
30,000
13
1978
0
0
0
30,000
13
1972
0
0
0
50,000
10
1971
10,000
0
25,000
35,000
8
1969
30,000
0
0
30,000
7
1963
0
0
0
25,000
7
1962
0
0
0
50,000
7
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2009
24
1
0
25
2008
24
1
0
25
2005
28
3
0
31
2004
26
3
0
29
2003
26
0
0
29
1999
18
3
2
23
1997
14
0
0
20
1995
14
0
0
20
1994
14
0
0
20
1993
14
0
0
20
1992
14
0
0
18
1988
20
0
0
25
1987
20
0
0
25
1986
20
0
0
25
1985
20
0
0
25
1984
20
0
0
23
1983
14
0
0
18
1982
14
0
0
18
1980
14
0
0
18
1978
14
0
0
18
1972
14
0
0
14
1971
10
0
0
10
1969
32
0
0
32
1963
7
0
0
77
1962
7
0
0
50
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2009
22
85
1,500
1,585
2008
22
85
1,500
1,585
2005
22
85
1,500
1,585
2004
22
85
1,500
1,585
2003
22
0
0
1,585
1999
17
80
1,300
1,380
1992
12
0
0
1,245
1978
0
0
0
335
1971
8
0
0
2,050
1969
18
0
0
350
1962
7
17
140
157
1955
100
750
5,000
5,750
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
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