Archbishop Paul Saliba
Lord, preserve our Master and Chief Priest, and grant him many years
His Eminence, Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba, was born in Bsarma El-Koura in North Lebanon on 10th July 1939. He was named Badih. Initially he studied at the village school and then completed his primary education at Al Eslah Orthodox School in Amyoun El-Koura. In 1952 Metropolitan Abourjeili enrolled him at the seminary college in Balamand.
In 1957 he took the name Paul and was sent to the seminary on the Greek island of Patmos to learn the Greek language and Byzantine music. In 1958 he was ordained as a deacon by Metropolitan Abourjeili and returned to the University of Athens to further his theological studies.
He stayed in Athens for three years and then moved to Thessalonica for a year, and graduated from that university in 1963. He moved into church ministry in Tripoli, Lebanon, where he served under Metropolitan Elias Kurban who appointed him teacher to the orthodox schools, a member of the spiritual court, and secretary to the diocesan board. In 1965 the superior of Balamand Monastery at the time, who is now the patriarch His Beatitude Ignatius IV, appointed him a teacher at Balamand.
in Tripoli, Lebanon, Metropolitan Kurban ordained
him priest and at the same service elevated him to the rank of Archimandrite.
During this period, Metropolitan Philip moved him to the Church in New Kensington which was experiencing some difficulties. He served there for 9 years during which he restored the attendance of the faithful and strengthened the infrastructure: Sunday School, Choir and Youth. In the first years of his ministry in New Kensington, Father Paul registered in Pittsburg University to do his Doctorate in World Civilisations. He completed three out of the four components of this course.
served as Dean of the Clergy and a counselor to the