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John (Abdalah) of Worcester

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His Grace the Right Reverend Bishop '''John (Abdalah) of Miami and the Southeast''' is an [[auxiliary bishop|auxiliary]] [[bishop]] of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]].

===Early years===
Bishop John was born and raised in Boston, MA. His home parish was St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. From an early age, he had a desire to serve Christ through the holy priesthood and so, after college, he attended [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]] near New York City. While in seminary, he became engaged to Joanne Josephs to whom he was married in August of 1978. He was ordained to the priesthood and diaconate shortly afterwards.

Fr. John and Kh. Joanne are the parents of three children, Gregory, Joseph, and Maria.

Unfortunately, on May 25, 2008, after a long battle with cancer, Kh. Joanne reposed.

After his [[ordination]], Fr. John was assigned to the Antiochian parish in Little Falls, NJ, where he served for a year, after which point he was transferred to New Kensington, PA, where he served for sixteen years, and then to the St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA, where he served for another sixteen years.

For the last fourteen years, he has been the editor of The Word magazine. Bp. John has also served as advisor to Antiochian Women and the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. He has also taught Antiochian seminarians at the annual Antiochian House of Studies and is seen as a mentor to seminarians, bringing with him the wisdom of long pastoral experience and practice.

After his wife's repose, Fr. John was elevated to the rank of [[archimandrite]] by His Eminence, Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|Philip (Saliba)]].

In 2011, at the convention of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Fr. John was elected as one of three new auxiliary bishops, and assigned to the diocese of Worcester and New England.

After this decision was accepted by the Holy Synod of Antioch, Fr. John and the other two bishops-elect, Fr. Anthony Michaels and Fr. Nicholas Ozone, were consecrated at the [[Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand|Balamand Monastery]] on December 11th, 2011.

==External links==
*[] (official biography)
*[ Diocese of the Worcester and New England] (Archdiocese site)

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[[Category:Bishops of New England]]
[[Category:Bishops of Worcester]]

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