Metropolitan Antony Bashir, Antiochian Missionary in America

Metropolitan Antony Bashir, Antiochian Missionary in America

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Preserving Holy Traditions

An integral part of the Orthodox life is preserving, honoring, and passing down the Holy Traditions we have received from our forefathers. Some of the people who are most essential in this mission of the church are our bishops.

February 15, 2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the repose of a Metropolitan who devoted his life to evangelization, feeding his flock, and nurturing the seeds of Orthodoxy in America: Metropolitan Antony Bashir of the Antiochian Church in North America.

There are not many people still alive who personally knew Metropolitan Antony, but his legacy lives on strong, especially in the heart of Father Constantine Nasr, who has written a biography of the late Metropolitan entitled: Antony Bashir: Metropolitan and Missionary.  Father Constantine has also donated many items to a museum dedicated to Metropolitan Antony in his hometown of Douma, Lebanon, which will be dedicated by His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch later in the spring.

Traveling across America

He led the Antiochians in America for 30 years through many times of trial such as the Great Depression and World War II. Like St. Raphael, he spent much time traveling across the land, visiting churches or establishing new communities.

Sayedna Antony once tried to help Khalil Gibran translate his poems from English into Arabic and was responsible for the beginning of the publishing of The Word magazine in English, a magazine founded in Arabic by St. Raphael a few decades earlier.

You can learn more about Metropolitan Antony here.  May his memory be eternal.

 

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