Diocese of Miami and the Southeast
ishop Nicholas holds a Master of Divinity degree, awarded with Highest
Distinction, from studies undertaken between September 2002 and May 2005 at Holy Cross
Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He speaks Arabic and
English fluently. His second language in Syria was French, which he had used, along with
Hebrew, Ancient Greek, New Testament Greek, and Modern Greek, to conduct research on
Bishop Nicholas was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip
on April 23, 2004, and to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Antoun on January 9,
2005. Upon graduating from Holy Cross Seminary, he was assigned by His Eminence
Metropolitan Philip to St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, where he served from August 2005 to December 2011. He was elevated to the
dignity of Archimandrite by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip on February 14, 2010, and
was consecrated to the bishopric as the Bishop of Brooklyn on December 11, 2011 at the
Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of
Balamand, Balamand, Lebanon. Bishop Nicholas has visited Mount Athos several times for
contemplation and spiritual rejuvenation.
Today, he leads the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast which includes more than 40
churches and missions in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi,
North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
You can read his full biography here.