Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli announces his retirement

MOUNT LEBANON, Lebanon — The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate has announced the retirement of Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, after a long period of dedicated service. The Patriarchate has also appointed a Patriarchal Vicar to fulfill the role until a new archbishop is selected.

According to the Patriarchate, Archbishop George Saliba had expressed his desire to retire two years ago, as he had reached the legal age specified in the Church’s constitution. Despite the request, he was requested to continue serving the diocese until he recently reiterated his intention to retire, leading to the Patriarchate’s approval.

Archbishop George Saliba has faithfully served the archdiocese of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli since its establishment. In recognition of his extensive experience and commitment to serving the Church and the Patriarchate, he has been appointed as a Patriarchal Advisor, as stated in the retirement announcement.

Additionally, the Patriarchate has announced the appointment of Mor Chrysostomos Michael Shimon, currently serving as the Director of the Patriarchal Charitable Institutions in Atchaneh, as the Patriarchal Vicar for the archdiocese. He will fulfill this role until a new archbishop is elected.