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Joseph (Al-Zehlaoui) of Los Angeles

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#REDIRECT [[Image:BishopJOSEPH.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Archbishop Joseph of Los Angeles and the West]]His Eminence the Most Reverend Archbishop '''Joseph (Al-Zehlaoui) of Los Angeles and the West''' is an [[auxiliary bishop]] of the Self-Ruled [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]], serving as head of the [[Diocese of Los Angeles and the West (Antiochian)|Diocese of Los Angeles and the West]]. ==Life=====Early Years===Joseph G. Al-Zehlaoui was born on November 2, 1950, in Damascus, Syria to Georgi and Mathil (Baghdan) Al Zehlaoui. He received his elementary education at the St. John of Damascus and Al Assiyeh schools in Damascus, and his secondary education at [[Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand|Balamand Monastery]] in Koura, Northern Lebanon. He then studied philosophy at Lebanese University in Beirut and theology, languages and music at Salonika University in Greece. He is fluent in Arabic, English and Greek. ===Early pastoral roles===Bishop Joseph was [[ordination|ordained]] to the holy [[deacon|diaconate]] while a student in Salonica, in December, 1976. Subsequently, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Beatitude, Patriarch [[Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch|Ignatius IV]], at St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus in December, 1980. While a deacon, he served parishes in Salonica. As a [[priest]], he was dean of St. Mary Cathedral of Damascus, and overseer of the Holy Cross Church and other parishes in the suburbs of Damascus. In 1983, he pastored the Arab Orthodox faithful living in London, England, and in 1986 was sent to Cyprus to minister to the Arab Orthodox living on the island. His election to the holy [[episcopate]] was on [[May 5]], 1991, and the [[consecration of a bishop|consecration]] was on [[June 30]], 1991, in the Holy Cathedral of the [[Church of Antioch|Patriarchate]] in Damascus with the title ''Bishop of Katana, Syria''.  [[Image:Joseph Al-Zehlaoui.jpg|left|thumb|250px|Bp. Joseph serving the [[Divine Liturgy]] at the side of Metr. [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|Philip (Saliba)]] in Brooklyn, New York.]] ===Administrative roles===During his clerical ministry, he served as General Supervisor and Professor of Religious Education at the Al Assiyeh Orthodox College and supervised the Patriarchal headquarters in Damascus. Besides being the Patriarchal Assistant during the past several years, Bishop Joseph served as the secretary to the Holy Synod of Antioch, Editor-in-Chief of the Patriarchal Bulletin and participated in several theological conferences in Greece, Texas and Australia. ===A bishop for the Western USA===At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York]], His Grace was selected by the [[Holy Synod]] of Antioch on [[January 24]], 1995, to be an [[auxiliary bishop]] for the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]].  On [[September 12]], 2004, His Grace, Bishop Joseph, was [[enthronement|enthroned]] as the first bishop of the Holy Diocese of Los Angeles and the West by Metr. Philip and the Local Holy Synod of the Archdiocese.  {{start box}}{{succession|before=?|title=Bishop of Katana, Syria|years=1991-2004|after=?}}{{succession|before=—|title=[[Diocese of Los Angeles and the West (Antiochian)|Bishop of Los Angeles (Antiochian)]]|years=2004-present|after=—}}{{end box}} ==External links==*[ Archdiocese Website] *[ Diocese Website] [[Category:Bishops]][[Category:20th-21st-century bishops]][[Category:Bishops of Los Angeles]][[Category:Bishops of Katana]]

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