ARCHPRIEST AYMAN KFOUF
Fr. Ayman Kfouf was born in Amman, Jordan. Raised by many priests in the family, he grew up acquiring the basics of Orthodox Christianity from the Antiochian School of Theology, founded by Saints John Chrysostom his, Diodorus of Tarsus and Theophilus of Antioch. From his early youth, Fr. Kfouf joined the Antiochian Orthodox Youth Movement, M.J.O, founded by Metropolitan Metropolitan George (Khodr) of Mount Lebanon, one of greatest Antiochian and Orthodox theologians in our modern times. Fr. Kfouf continued his work within the Orthodox Youth Movement and SYNDESMOS, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, as a delegate and a representative in various conferences and meetings in the Middle East.
Fr. Kfouf continued his theological and scholarly pursuit at the University of Balamand, St. John of Damascus School of Theology in Tripoli, Lebanon. He attended the Balamand University for 5 years and was educated under many renowned theologians of the Orthodox world, like the late Patriarch Ignatius IV, Patriarch John X, Metropolitan George Khodr, Dr. Constantine Scouteris, Professor of the History of Christian Doctrine and the former Dean of the School of Theology in the University of Athens. His Excellency Tarek Mitri, and the late Fr. John Romanides, to name few.
Fr. Kfouf has taken three pilgrimages to Mount Athos, Greece (1996, 1997, 1998) where he closely experienced the psaltic, liturgical and ascetic heritage of Orthodoxy in one of its most traditional settings. It was during one of these pilgrimages that he met with Saint Paisios of Mount Athos and encountered his miraculous works.
Fr. Kfouf was involved in worldwide activities with religious leaders of the Orthodox Church. He participated in many international meetings and conferences in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Switzerland and Poland, where he was commissioned to open dialogue with various religious denominations abroad.
Fr. Kfouf continued his higher theological education at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, where he was educated under many distinguished contemporary theologians of the Orthodox world like, Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dr. Paul Meyendorff, Very Rev. Dr. Paul Nadim Tarazi and Very Rev. Dr. John Behr. At St. Vladimir’s Fr. Kfouf received his Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree. His dissertation, supervised by V. Rev. John Erickson, titled Christian-Islamic Relations, is published in St. Vladimir’s Chronicles and is used as a reference by teachers and students alike.
Fr. Kfouf continues to serve in many capacities on the archdiocesan and diocesan levels, focusing on the pastorate of his dear parish, St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Sylvania OH, where he created many programs and projects to lead the parish to fulfill its mission in the world.
Master of Arts: Theology
St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary – Crestwood, New York, 2001
Certificate: Byzantine Music: Notation sight-reading, parallage, solmization
Byzantine Music School I.M.TH. – Thessaloniki, Greece, 1998
Bachelor of Arts: Divinity
University of Balamand – Tripoli, Lebanon, 1998
Associate of Science: Computer Science
Arab Community College – Amman, Jordan, 1991
Tonsured on December 4, 1999, by His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN of Miami and the Southeast.
Ordained on June 10, 2007, by His Eminence, Metropolitan SABA (Esper) of Bosra & Horan.
Ordained on June 24, 2007, by His Eminence, Metropolitan GEORGE (Abou Zakhem) of Homs, the former dean of St. John of Damascus, Balamand University.
The Dignity of an Archpriest,
Elevated on October 2013, by his Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP of Thrice Blessed Memory.
St. Elias Orthodox Church – Sylvania, OH 11/2014 to Present
St. George Orthodox Church – Troy, MI 07/2007 to 10/2014
St. George Senior Community – Clinton Twp. MI 01/2009 to 12/2013
St. Mary Orthodox Church – Berkley, MI 08/2012 to 12/2012
St. Elias Orthodox Church – Sylvania, OH 10/2011 to 06/2012
St. George Orthodox Church – Troy, MI 09/2001 to 07/2007
Fr. Kfouf is the author of various articles and publications on theology, education, and liturgy. On the last topic, he has published a book titled “Journey to Pascha: An Explanation of the Holy Week Services”, which reached Amazon’s list of best-sellers in the category of “Orthodox Theology”. Furthermore, his published e-Learning courses and videos on Byzantine music, iconography, and spirituality reached tens of thousands of online users.
- Journey to Pascha: An Explanation of the Holy Week Services, Ethos Press, 2016.
PUBLISHED PAPERS AND ARTICLES
- The Icon of Nativity Explained: Theological Reading of the Icon of Nativity.
- Fast of The Holy Apostles: Historical Origin & Theological Meaning.
- Pentecost: A Theological Reading into The Icon of Pentecost.
- The Holy Feast of Theophany: Historical & Theological Development.
- The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos: Historical, Theological & Liturgical Study.
- Life After Death: The Orthodox Perspective of Death and Afterlife.
- Orthodox Spirituality: Creation, Fall, and Restoration.
- Eastern Christians and the Rise of Islam.
- Christian-Islamic Relations Under the Abbasid Dynasty.
- Christian-Islamic Relations Under the Ottoman Dynasty.
- Meaning of Colors in Icons, 2016
- Byzantine Music 101, 2016
- The Twelve Feasts of the Lord: Theology &Iconographyy.
MAGAZINES AND PERIODICALS
- The Wisdom Magazine
BOOKS UNDER PUBLICATION
- The Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church: Historical, Theological & Liturgical Study.
- Supplicatory Canon to St. George the Trophy-Bearer.
- Tithing, a Pastoral Guide to the Orthodox Family Today. (Booklet)