Sunday, January 16, will be the first in a series of discussions on a selected books by C.S. Lewis, arguably the most infuential Christian writer in the last century. Mr. Lewis authored over thirty books in his lifetime, and while these discussions will not cover all of his titles, they will be centered on his Book "Surprised by Joy," and will continue through succeeding Sundays until the information contained therein is exhausted. The discussion will be led by Professor Brian Clayton, the highly regarded and much sought after professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga University. Professor Clayton earned his Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Sub-deacon and serves at the altar of St. Nicholas Western Rite Orthodox Church
Tuesday, February 22, there will be a visitation by His Grace Bishop Joseph, Bishop
of the Antiochian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West beginning at 6:00 p.m. with
the reception of a Bishop and a Sung Vesper Service followed by a teaching. Following
His teaching there will be a reception and a chance to speak with His Grace if one
Bishop Joseph will also be visiting the parishes of Christ the Saviour in Spokane
Valley, St. John the Baptist in Post Falls and the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women in
Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
A short biography of His Grace can be found below:
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 Our
Lady of 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.
His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH was ordained to the Holy Diaconate while a student in
Salonica, in December, 1976. Subsequently, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood
by His Beatitude, Patriarch IGNATIUS IV, at St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus in December,
1980. His election to the holy Episcopate was on May 5, 1991, and the consecration
was on June 30, 1991 in the Holy Cathedral of the Patriarchate in Damascus with the
title “Bishop of Katana, Syria”. 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.
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, His
Grace, 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.
At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP, 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 enthroned as the first Bishop of
the Holy Diocese of Los Angeles and the West by His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP,
Primate, and the Local Holy Synod of the Holy Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
of North America.
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