The Antioch congregation at St Georges Cathedral is characterised by its foundation and now it is changing trends.
The Antiochian Orthodox Society was first established in the 1980’s to serve a community of Arabic speaking believers, born and nurtured in their countries of origin e.g. Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt; they regarded the church to be similar in character and function to what they would have back home, a place to worship in Orthodox Tradition ; where the parish priest duties are mainly baptism, weddings and burials. It remains today to serve to these expectations, but also it is a London Cathedral of the Antiochian Archbishopric of Western and Central Europe. The current trends require a responsibility of lay and parish priest to bring spiritual meaning and social activity to its congregation, since 48% of couples are either from non-Arabic background or from mixed marriages.
The Antioch Church in London is now serving a community in its broadest dimension since its establishing years of the 1980’s. Considerable support and dedication is required from its members, (married, youth and single adults) to bring the Holy Orthodox Faith to its congregation. Our parish priest has pastoral duties which are parallel with sacramental services.
We have been blessed with our Parish Priest Father Samir Gholam for over 20 years, who serves as a true shepherd to his flock.