BISHOP JOHN, AUXILIARY OF WORCESTER AND NEW ENGLAND
Date of Consecration:
December 11, 2011
Date of Elevation to Archimandrite:
February 14, 2010
Date of Ordination to the Priesthood:
January 9, 2005
Date of Ordination to the Diaconate:
April 23, 2004
Date of Birth:
January 4, 1963
Bishop Nicholas (Ozone) was born in Damascus, Syria, on January 4, 1963. He attended the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. He also attended the French Lycée Laïque elementary and middle school, and the Omia High School. He holds the following degrees from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts: a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering; Master of Science in Computer Engineering; and a Specialization Certificate in Object-Oriented Design, Architecture, and Coding. He also has a Master of Divinity degree, awarded with Highest Distinction, from studies undertaken between September 2002 to May 2005 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has also attended many professional engineering conferences and courses and conferences on psychology and human behavior. Bishop Nicholas speaks Arabic and English fluently. His second language in Syria was French, which he has used, along with Hebrew, Ancient Greek, New Testament Greek, and modern Greek, to conduct research on theological subjects.
Bishop Nicholas was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, April 23, 2004, and to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Antoun, January 9, 2005. He was assigned to St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by His Eminence for the period August 2005 to the present. He was elevated to the dignity of Archimandrite by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip on February 14, 2010.
Biography from Antiochian Archdiocese of North America