The Syrian Orthodox Church has announced that the Holy Synod has met and elected Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim as Patriarch-elect. He will be known as Ignatius Aphrem II Karim upon his installation and will be the 123rd Patriarch of Antioch.
The photograph above was taken several years ago at the Syrian Orthodox Synod in New Jersey. The Patriarch-elect is seated in the centre, and on his left is Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan, OCR, OA, who is Grand Prior for the United States of America of the San Luigi Orders. Archbishop Brennan had attended the Liturgy earlier that day and was an invited guest for the dinner afterwards at a nearby hotel.
We congratulate the new Patriarch and wish him many years.