Metropolitan Seraphim of Glastonbury

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His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop
Seraphim El-Suriani
Primate of the British Orthodox Church
Church British Orthodox Church
(part of the Coptic Orthodox Church)
Metropolis Holy Metropolis of Glastonbury
Appointed 19 June 1994
Personal details
Birth name William Henry Hugo Newman-Norton
Born (1948-02-27) 27 February 1948 (age 67)
London, England
Denomination British Orthodox

Abba Seraphim El-Suriani (born William Henry Hugo Newman-Norton on 27 Feb. 1948 in London, England) is the Metropolitan of Glastonbury and Head of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. In this capacity he is a member of The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria.


St Luke’s College, Exeter; Avery Hill College of Education, London; Teacher’s Certificate, University of London. Taught at Catford Boys School. Pupils include musicians Jack Stafford (Jak Airport) of X-Ray Spex and Classix Nouveaux; Mick Karn, David Sylvian and Steve Jansen of Japan.

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Metropolitan Seraphim was ordained as a Deacon of the British Orthodox Church in 1967, and then as a priest in 1971. During this time he was Diocesan Secretary between 1968 and 1977. He served as an Assistant Priest in Blackheath, London between 1972 and 1977.

He was consecrated as Coadjutor Bishop to the Metropolitan of Glastonbury, 1977, then succeeded him as Metropolitan of Glastonbury in 1979.

He was consecrated as a Metropolitan of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate.

In 1994 he became a monk of the Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary (El-Surian), Wadi El Natrun, Egypt, hence the name Abba Seraphim El-Suriani. and on 19 June 1994 became a Metropolitan by Pope Shenouda III.


Metropolitan Seraphim has many theological, biographical and historical articles in numerous religious and scholarly journals. He was also editor of The Orthodox Catholic Review, between 1967 and 1968 and Glastonbury Review (previously Glastonbury Bulletin) since 1971. In addition, he has published:

  • Even Good Men, 1971
  • Julius, Bishop of Iona, 1971
  • Our Christian Brethren, 1974
  • The Time of Silence, 1974
  • The Hamburg Schism, 1974
  • Fitly Framed Together, 1976
  • Apostolic and Conciliar Witness (with J. E. Pinnington), 1978
  • Root and Branch, 1992
  • Evangelism & Youth, 1995
  • A Victorian Family (2005)
  • The Terrible Tale of Ex-Monk Widdows (2006)
  • Flesh of Our Brethren (2006)

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Arms of Metropolitan Seraphim of Glastonbury
In a Crest Coronet Or a demi-Lion double queued Azure holding in the dexter paw a Bell Or
Azure a Chevron between 2 Bells in chief and a Crescent in base Or

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