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Metropolitan Philip (born Abdullah Saliba; June 10, 1931 – March 19, 2014) was the Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, which is the leadership position for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. He held the position from 1966 until his death in March 2014. His tenure as an Orthodox bishop was the longest serving in American history.

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Saliba was educated at Balamand Orthodox Theological Seminary in Lebanon and at schools in Syria. He later studied in England at the Anglican Kelham Theological College and the University of London. After moving to the United States he studied at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and at Wayne State University, where he received a B.A. in history.

On March 1, 1959, Saliba was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Anthony (Bashir) and assigned to the pastorate at Saint George Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

He undertook graduate theological studies at Saint Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York, and was graduated from that institution with a Master of Divinity degree in 1965.

In March 1966, the Antiochian Archdiocese, meeting in special convention, nominated Saliba to succeed the late Metropolitan Anthony (Bashir) as Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America. In July of that year, the Patriarchal Vicar for the widowed See of New York, Metropolitan Ilyas (Kurban), Archbishop of Tripoli, elevated Saliba to an archimandrite.

Saliba was elected for the See of New York by the Holy Synod of the Antiochian Patriarchate on August 5, 1966, and on August 14 was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Theodosios VI (Abourjaily) at the Monastery of the Prophet Elias in Dhour Shouier, Lebanon.

Saliba was enthroned at the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Brooklyn, New York, on October 13, 1966.

In 1977, the two Antiochian Jurisdictions in North America merged. Bishop Philip was chosen to lead them.

Twenty years after the radical nineteen-sixties, the Jesus People were losing steam and some of them had begun pursuing New Testament Christianity forming the Evangelical Orthodox Church. After studying the ancient Church through to the time of the East-West Schism contact was made with the Greek Archdiocese and the Orthodox Church in America. The EOC leaders, led by Fr. Peter E. Gillquist, approached Metropolitan Philip. After an extended process Metropolitan Philip brought 17 Evangelical Orthodox Parishes into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.


  • Saliba's full title was His Eminence, the Most Reverend Philip, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America.

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