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 theological subjects.
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.