About Archbishop Joseph


His Eminence Archbishop Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus. From 1991 to 1995 he served as Bishop of Katana in Syria, Patriarchal Assistant, and Secretary of the Holy Synod of Antioch. He became Auxiliary Bishop in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America in 1995 and was assigned to the West Coast Chancery by Metropolitan Philip.

When Self-Rule status was awarded to the Archdiocese, His Eminence was chosen as bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West. On September 12, 2004 he was enthroned at St. Nicholas Cathedral by Metropolitan Philip.

On December 11, 2011, at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand, Balamand, Lebanon, Patriarch Ignatius elevated him to the rank of Archbishop, in honor of his many years of service as a bishop both in the archdiocese and in the patriarchate.

Archbishop Joseph has served as dean of St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, Syria and as overseer of Holy Cross Church and other parishes in the suburbs of Damascus. He pastored the Antiochian Orthodox Church in London from 1983 to 1986 and the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cyprus in 1986.

Archbishop Joseph was born in Damascus, Syria on November 2, 1950. He attended the St. John of Damascus and al-Alliyeh schools in Damascus and then the Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He received a degree in philosophy from the Lebanese University in Beirut and a degree in music and languages from the University of Salonika in Thessalonike, Greece. In November, 1976, he was ordained a deacon. Patriarch Ignatius IV ordained him a priest in Damascus in 1980.

His namesday is the second Sunday after Pascha (Joseph of Arimathea).

Photos from Archbishop Joseph's enthronement.

Read about Archbishop Joseph's elevation.