Alumnus Reaches Ministry Milestone: Metropolitan Elias of Beirut

Virginia Nieuwsma

A television documentary produced and aired in Lebanon in October 2015, marked the 35th anniversary of the enthronement of His Eminence the Most Reverend Elias (Audi) of Beirut, metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Beirut, Lebanon, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. Metropolitan Elias graduated from St. Vladimir's in 1969, and served for a time as rector of the Virgin Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Yonkers, NY, before returning to Lebanon to take the post of Assistant Dean at the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand in Lebanon.

In more recent years, Metropolitan Elias has represented the Church of Antioch in meetings of the Council of Middle East Churches and the World Council of Churches. He has also chaired the Joint Dialogue Committee between the Vatican and the World Council of Churches.

View the documentary (in Arabic)