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Metropolitan '''Basilios (Qoudsiah)''' or '''Basil (Kodseie)''' is bishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, the Metropolitan of [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines|Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines]]. Prior to this He is fluent in Arabic, he had been serving as Patriarchal Vicar since the repose of English and Greek, and celebrates his predecessor, Metropolitan name day on [[January 1]] for St [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia, New Zealand and Basil the Philippines|PaulGreat]].
==Biographical Details==
On [[April 21]], 2010, Fr Basil arrived Born in SydneyLatakia, AustraliaSyria, to assist in the administration of the ArchdioceseGeorge (reposed Dec 2014<ref>http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/resources/news/English_Monthly_News_Bultein_May_201011NewsItem.pdfaspx?i=524</ref>)and his wife, the future Metropolitan studied engineering at Teshreen University, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Fr Basil was appointed He then went on to study at St John of Damascus Institute of Theology at the parish priest University of St Mary's Balamand, Lebanon, where he graduated with a Master of Theology in Mount Pritchard2003. In the same year, Sydney. Fr Basil's father he was Georgeordained to the diaconate, before being ordained to the priesthood and elevated to Archimandrite in 2005 by Metr [[Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo, Alexandretta and Dependencies|Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo]], who reposed and serving in December 2014<ref>http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/NewsItem.aspx?i=524</ref>that diocese as Archdiocesan Vicar until 2010.
In November 2014He continued his theological education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Fr Basil participated attaining a Ph.D. in Theology in 2008 within the inaugural NSW Religious Leaders' Forum on behalf Department of the Archdiocese<ref>https://www.insights.uca.org.au/news/inaugural-nsw-religious-leaders-forum</ref>Pastoral Care and Christian Ethics.
On July 1, 2017, after the repose of Metr. [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines|Paul (Saliba)April 21]], 2010, Fr Basil was appointed by Patriarch [[John (Yazigi) of Antioch|John X of Antioch]] arrived in Sydney, Australia, to be assist in the Patriarchal Vicar administration of the Archdiocese<ref>http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/NewsItemresources/news/English_Monthly_News_Bultein_May_201011.aspx?i=776pdf</ref>. Initially, he was the hierarchical assistant of Metropolitan [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines|Paul]], before being assigned parish priest of St Mary's in Mount Pritchard, Sydney, in 2012. During his time there, he transformed their youth and adult education programs. He also founded St Raphael Antiochian Mission in the same year he was assigned there - this Mission was a philanthropic body serving the needs of Sydney's homeless by serving food and distributing clothing and social support each week and on major holidays.
Fr Basilios delivered Basil had many achievements during his time as a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese. He was a trained volunteer in palliative care, via Calvary Hospital, and continued formal training in counselling and community welfare, completing several courses through the University of Sydney's Centre for Continuing Education and through the Centre for Community Welfare Training. In November 2014, Fr Basil participated in the inaugural NSW Religious Leaders' Forum on behalf of the Archdiocese<ref>https://www.insights.uca.org.au/news/inaugural-nsw-religious-leaders-forum</ref>. He served as chief lecturer at St Paul Theology School, and guest lectured at St Cyril's Coptic Orthodox Theological College - including delivering a presentation there entitled ''The Spiritual Father in the text of the Philokalia of the Holy Neptic Fathers'' at the 'Day of Orthodox Spirituality'. In 2016, organised by he not only received teaching accreditation from [[St CyrilAndrew's Coptic Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney]], but he also received his Australian citizenship.
On July 1, 2017, after the repose of Metr. [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines|Paul (Saliba)]], Fr Basil was appointed by Patriarch [[John (Yazigi) of Antioch|John X of Antioch]] to be the Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese<ref>http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/NewsItem.aspx?i=776</ref>. Then, on October 4, 2017, the Holy Synod of Antioch elected Fr Basilios to be the Metropolitan of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines<ref>http://antiochian.org/axios-axios-holy-synod-antioch-elects-two-new-metropolitans</ref>. He was consecrated on [[November 19]], 2017, at Balamand, Lebanon, and was enthroned at St George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Redfern (Sydney), on [[December 16]], 2017.
== References ==
* [http://www.stmarymtpritchardchurch.org.au/ St Mary's Mount Pritchard] - official website.
* [http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/NewsItem.aspx?i=771 Eulogy for Metropolitan Paul]
* [https://www.thegoodshepherd.org.au/meet-metropolitan-basilios Meet Metropolitan Basilios]]
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