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 Patriarch   Maximos VHis Beatitude, the Regretted, Maximos V, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles Biography

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The Patriarchal Office in Lebanon of the The See of Antioch released the biography below when it announced the falling asleep in the Lord of His Beatitude, Maximos V, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles on June 29, 2001

His Beatitude, the Regretted, Maximos V, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles was born at Tanta, Egypt on May 18, 1908 with the last name of Hakim. After completing studies at The Seminary of St. Ann in Jerusalem, he was ordained a priest at the Basilica of St. Ann on July 20, 1930 by Maximos IV, later Patriarch, who was then Archbishop of Tyr.

On June 13, 1943, he was consecrated Archbishop of St. Jean d'Acre; Haifa; Nazareth and all of Galilee at Cairo, Egypt by His Beatitude, the Regretted, Cyril IX, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles, who was assisted by the Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishops Dionysios Kfoury and Pierre Kamel Medawar.

His Beatitude, the Regretted, Maximos V, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles was elected and installed as the twentieth Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on November 22, 1967 by the Holy Synod at Ain Traz.

As a priest, his principal activities included the direction of the Patriarchal College at Cairo and the establishment and editing of the magazine Le Lien.

As Archbishop, he opened grammar schools, a minor seminary, an orphanage, and a home for the aged. He was responsible for the foundation of several new parishes throughout his eparchy. Known especially for his care and concern for both secular and Religious clergy, he introduced several groups of European clergy to the Melkite Church.

In 1948, during the massive exodus of the Palestinian people into Lebanon, he was among the first to look after the many needs of the Palestinian refugees. He began systematic aid to the refugee population before the assistance of the American Red Cross and later the United Nations began. In Lebanon, he established a Center for Palestinian children numbering over 200 from all of the various religious communities found in the region without regard for the religious affiliation of any of the youngsters.

Under his guidance as Patriarch, a minor seminary was established at Damascus and later a major seminary for the formation of priests was opened at Raboueh in Lebanon. He later funded numerous scholarships for needy seminarians during the interminable civil war in Lebanon.

His Beatitude, the Regretted, Maximos V, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles will be long remembered for his profound solicitude for his spiritual children of the Diaspora having visited many of the countries of emigration. On several occasions he made pastoral visits to the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and many of the countries of Europe, wherever Melkites could be found.

Renowned as both an author and publisher, His Beatitude, the Regretted, Maximos V, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Of Alexandria and Jerusalem wrote frequently in Le Lien, Ar Rabita, and contributed regularly to The Messenger of Galilee. His work entitled Pages d'Evangile lues en Galilée has been translated into several languages.

Patriarch Maximos V Accomplished Much in His Career

While a priest, among the principal activities of the future patriarch were the direction of the Patriarchal College at Cairo and the establishment and editing of the magazine Le Lien. As Archbishop in Galilee, George Hakim opened grammar schools, a minor seminary, an orphanage, and a home for the aged. He was responsible for the foundation of several new parishes throughout his eparchy. Known especially for his care and concern for both secular and Religious clergy, he introduced several groups of European clergy to the Melkite Church. In 1948, during the massive exodus of the Palestinian people into Lebanon, he was among the first to look after the many needs of the Palestinian refugees. He began systematic aid to the refugee population before the assistance of the American Red Cross and later the United Nations began. In Lebanon, he established a Center for Palestinian children numbering over 200 from all of the various religious communities found in the region without regard for the religious affiliation of any of the youngsters. Under his guidance as Patriarch, a minor seminary was established at Damascus and later a major seminary for the formation of priests was opened at Raboueh in Lebanon. He later funded numerous scholarships for needy seminarians during the interminable civil war in Lebanon. Patriarch Maximos V will be long remembered for his profound solicitude for his spiritual children living outside the Middle East, having visited many of the countries of emigration. On several occasions he made pastoral visits to the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and many of the countries of Europe, wherever Melkites could be found. Renowned as both an author and publisher, he wrote frequently in Le Lien, Ar Rabita, and contributed regularly to The Messenger of Galilee. His work entitled Pages d'Evangile lues en Galilée has been translated into several languages.

Short Biography

His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Hakim, was born on May 18, 1908 at Tanta, Egypt. His Beatitude, studied at St. Anne of Jerusalem. On July 20, 1930, he was ordained by Maximos IV Sayegh, who at that time was the Archbishop of Tyre. He ran the Patriarchal College in Cairo and founded the publication Le Lien. In Cairo on June 13th 1943, he was appointed Archbishop of Akka. He was consecrated as Archbishop by Patriarch Cyril IX on June 13, 1943. During his years as Archbishop, our Patriarch established many churches, a home of the elderly, an orphanage, a seminary, and several schools. He was also instrumental in bringing several European groups into the Melkite Church. During the frightful years early years of the Palestinian exodus, he worked tirelessly on behalf of tens of thousands of refugees. Making no distinction between religions or Christian communities, Bishop Hakim personally sheltered two hundred refugee children. On November 22, 1967, His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Hakim was elected Patriarch by the Holy Synod. A noted and prolific writer, His Beatitude, is most known for his Arabic work Al Rabita, the French works, Message de Galiléerench, and Pages d'Évangile lues en Galilée. Among His Beatitude 's concerns is the large Diaspora of his Melkite community for today most Melkites live outside of the territorial limits of the Patriarchate.

Another Short Biography

His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V fell asleep in the Lord on June 29, 2001. He died at Saint George's Hospital southeast of Beirut, where he was admitted in October, the month he retired. His Beatitude, was born at Tanta, Egypt on May 18, 1908. After studies at the Seminary of St. Ann in Jerusalem, he was ordained priest on July 20, 1930 by the Archbishop of Tyre, later Patriarch Maximos IV. On June 13, 1943, he was consecrated Archbishop of Acre; Haifa; Nazareth and all of Galilee at Cairo, Egypt by Patriarch Cyril IX Moghabghab, assisted by the patriarchal auxiliary bishops Dionysios Kfoury and Pierre Kamel Medawar. He was elected and installed as the twentieth Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on November 22, 1967 by the Holy Synod at Ain Traz. The funeral was held Wednesday in the Cathedral in Damascus. His Beatitude, Ignace Moussa I Daoud, former Syriac Catholic Patriarch and prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, represented Pope John Paul II.

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The Patriarchal Head of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V

His Beatitude, The Patriarch Maximos V Hakim Greek Melkite Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch and all the East and Alexandria and Jerusalem Patriarchal Head of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church

His Beatitude,  Patriarch Maximos V Hakim (on right) with His Beatitude,  Patriarch Grégoire (Gregory) III  (on left)
His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Hakim (on right) with His Beatitude, Patriarch Grégoire (Gregory) III (on left)


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