In Memoriam: His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (1931-2014)

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Memory Eternal, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (1931-2014)

Washington, DC | | March 20, 2014 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) sends deep condolences over the passing unto life eternal of His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. May his memory be eternal! Metropolitan Philip passed away on the evening of March 19, 2014. 

Metropolitan Philip served as First Vice Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, Vice President and Vice Chairman of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission. Metropolitan Philip also served as an Advisory Board Member of ADC, was a strong voice in the fight for justice and equality, and a strong believer in Arab unity.

Under his leadership, the Archdiocese has also undertaken numerous charitable campaigns to aid victims of disasters in the United States and throughout the world. For his many charitable deeds and renowned humanitarian concern, Metropolitan Philip has been commended and decorated by many governments. 

He has met with United States Presidents, Eisenhower, Johnson, Ford, Carter and Reagan, as well as with Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II and many other world leaders on behalf of a just and durable peace in the Middle East. He served as chairman of the Standing Conference of American-Middle Eastern Christian and Muslim Leaders, which represents the two million Americans of Arabic heritage.

Metropolitan Philip was born on June 10, 1931, in Abou Mizan, Lebanon, the fourth of five children to Elias and Saleema Saliba. To read his full bio please click here

For those in Washington, DC, a Memorial Liturgy in his memory will be held this coming Sunday, March 23, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church (4335 16 Street, NW, Washington, DC.) beginning at 10:30 AM. To inquire about memorial services in your city please visit the official website of the The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America by clicking here


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