His Eminence Metropolitan Antionios, Patriarchal Vicar, led the 25th anniversary celebrations of St. Paul Orthodox Christian Church – Naples, FL. The pastor, Fr. Paul Girgis, and the faithful welcomed His Eminence and His Grace Bishop Nicholas of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast from Jan. 20-22, 2023.
Sayidna Antonios conveyed the love, blessings and congratulations of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East.
The community looked back on a quarter century of growth and ministry to southwest Florida. They thanked God for the sacrifices of the founding clergy and laity who began in a converted house. The community now worships in a beautifully adorned temple and has inaugurated the construction of a fellowship hall.
At the conclusion of the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, Sayidna Antonios inducted six members into the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch.