During the Divine Liturgy His Holiness consecrated the Very Rev. Fr. John Aziz Kawak Metropolitan in charge of the Patriarchal offices in Damascus. Participating in the service were 13 metropolitans of the Church from different parts of the world. The new Metropolitan was given the Episcopal Name Dyonissios John. At the beginning of the elaborate spiritual ceremony the Fr. John read the profession of his faith and at the conclusion the new Metropolitan delivered his sermon. He thanked God Almighty for choosing him to be one of the Fathers of the Church. He likewise thanked His Holiness the Patriarch for his trust in him promising to execute his duties with faithfulness and tirelessly. He also thanked all the Archbishops and Bishops of our Church and those representing sister churches.
Following the consecration service all dignitaries and guests were invited to a local restaurant for lunch hosted by the council of the Patriarchal Diocese of Damascus.
His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim participated in this blessed occasion and offered congratulations to the new Metropolitan Mor Dyonissios John Kawak on behalf of the clergy and all the parishioners of the Eastern Archdiocese wishing him a blessed and fruitful ministry in the vineyard of the Lord. His Eminence was accompanied by Mr. Chamoun Jallo, the president of St. Athansius church board in Tarpon Springs, FL.