Date of Consecration:

December 11, 2011

Full Name:

John Abdalah



Bishop John (Abdalah) holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care from Pittsburgh Theological School, a Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir's Seminary, a Master's equivalency certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He taught Pastoral Counseling in the graduate program at the St. John of Damascus Institute at the Balamand in Lebanon. Bishop John served as a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America for 33 years and has been Dean of St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the past 16 of those years. Before that, he served 16 years in New Kensington, and one year in Little Falls.

Bishop John has also served as Editor of The WORD for the past 14 years, the Spiritual Advisor for the Antiochian Women for the past 14 years, and Dean of the Western Pennsylvania clergy and churches the past 24 years. Fr. John also served for 7 years as NAC Spiritual Advisor for the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. Fr. John teaches Priestly Formation for the Antiochian House of Studies and mentors our full-time seminarians for the Antiochian House of Studies programs.

Biography from Antiochian Archdiocese of North America