George Riashi

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George Riashi (Qaa el Reem, near Zahlé, Lebanon on November 25, 1933 – October 28, 2012) was the Greek Melkite Catholic bishop of Tripoli and all North Lebanon.[1]

He started his religious studies in 1955 with the Basilian Chouerite Order's Mar Yohanna Seminary in Khenchara and later in Saint Joseph University in Beirut in the American University of Beirut. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1965, and until 1969 was the head of Choueriot Seminary. He was appointed principal of St. Antoine Secondary School in Kfarshima, Lebanon for a year, before serving in the United States from 1970 until 1987.

In 1987, he was appointed by the Holy Synod of the Melkite Church as first Bishop of Australia for the Melkites and in 1995, was named Bishop of Tripoli and all the North until 2010 when he retired.[2][3]