Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch traces its origin to the Patriarchate established in Antioch by St. Peter the apostle. The first Syrian Orthodox faithful came to North America during the late 1800s, and by 1907 the first Syrian Orthodox priest was ordained. The Archdiocese was officially established in 1957.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1959 - 23 50,000
1960 8 29 50,000
1961 8 5 50,000
1962 50 7 50,000
1963 77 7 25,000
1969 32 7 30,000
1971 10 8 35,000
1972 14 10 50,000
1977 14 10 50,000
1978 18 13 30,000
1980 18 13 30,000
1982 18 13 30,000
1983 18 13 30,000
1984 23 18 30,000
1985 25 22 30,000
1986 25 22 30,000
1987 25 28 30,000
1988 25 28 30,000
1992 18 16 33,000
1993 20 17 32,500
1994 20 17 32,500
1995 20 17 32,500
1997 20 21 32,500
1999 24 22 32,500
2002 25 25 32,500
2003 29 31 32,500
2004 29 31 32,500
2005 125 31 32,500
2008 25 32 32,500
2009 25 32 32,500

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]