Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission in the Philippines
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The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission in the Philippines is a jurisdiction of the Antiochian Orthodox Church governed by the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania
In May 2008 Metropolitan Archbishop Paul ordained the Archpriest Yitzhak Pascualito D. Monsanto as the first Antiochian Orthodox priest in the Philippines and was elevated to the rank of Archpriest for the Manila Vicariate and designated as Senior Vicar, and will also cover the Davao Vicariate, which is located at Panacan City, Davao.
In 2009 Jeptah Aniceto left the Antiochian Church to pursue native religious teaching in Africa. His followers left the Antiochian Church as well.
Timeline of the Antiochian Orthodox church within the Philippines:
November 5, 2007 The congregation, Missionary Servants and Handmaids of St. Francis of Assisi, Inc. applied to join the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand.
February 28, 2008 In principle, the mission was accepted by Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba, Primate of Australia, together with Pentecostal Bishop Jeptah Aniceto, now the Vicar of the Davao Vicariate.
May 19–22, 2008 Metropolitan Archbishop Paul visited the Philippines for the second time, where he had a colloquium with twelve candidates for ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood in Cogeo, Antipolo City and visited the Antiochian Orthodox communities in:
- Antipolo City
- Cogeo Village (500 members)
- Bagong Nayon 2 (500 members)
- Pagrai (500)
- Sirona (500)
- San Jose Del Monte City
- Feliciano Subdivision, Brgy. Muzon (500 members)
- Pleasant Hills Subdivision, Brgy. San Manuel (300 members)
- Kalookan City
- Pangarap Village (500 members)
May 22, 2008: Metropolitan Archbishop Paul ordained ARCHPRIEST YITZHAK PASCUALITO D. MONSANTO as the first Antiochian Orthodox priest in the Philippines and was elevated to the rank of Archpriest for the Manila Vicariate and designated as Senior Vicar to cover also the Davao Vicariate.
He also re-ordained former Societas Verbi Divini (SVD, aka Divine Word Missionaries) priest, METHODIUS CARLITO R. RAFANAN (A laicized Roman Catholic priest who converted to Greek Orthodoxy and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, only to become Antiochian to be a priest again) to the priesthood and re-ordained ULRICO CARLOS G. CABUBAS to the diaconate and ABUNDIO J. DELIM, JR., MICHAEL A. MONSANTO, DIVINO Z. PEDRAZA to the sub-diaconate. He deferred the ordination of the nine (9) candidates pending completion of the required studies on Orthodoxy.
May 23–26, 2008: Metropolitan Archbishop Paul traveled to Davao City with Vicar Yitzhak Pascualito D. Monsanto to re-ordain convert Pentecostal Bishop Jeptah Aniceto as the third antiochian orthodox priest in the Philippines and also elevated him as archpriest for the Davao Vicariate. This priest shortly after ordination left the Orthodox Faith. Many other priests left the Orthodox faith and later returned.
See also 
- Philippine Orthodox Church
- Exarchate of the Philippines, Orthodox Christian parishes under the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia (OMHKSEA)
- Official website of the Archdiocese
- Antiochian parishes in the Philippines
- Official website of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch