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|October 27, 2013
The presence of Syrian Orthodox faithful in America dates back to the late Nineteenth Century, when religious persecution forced immigration from Ottoman Turkey to the United States and Canada. Often locating according to their trade skills, Syrian Orthodox faithful from Diyarbakir, Turkey, qualified as silk weavers, settled in New Jersey, a major area of the silk industry. Families from Harput, Turkey were drawn to Massachusetts while faithful from the province of Tur ’Abdin, bring chiefly weavers by trade, established themselves in Rhode Island as workers in the local mills. During the same period of time, faithful from Mardin, Turkey were to settle in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Syrian Orthodox families from in and around Homs, Syria now came to settle in the Detroit, Michigan area.
Under the spiritual guidance and direction of His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, two new congregations were established in the Eastern United States, one in Jacksonville, Florida and a second in Brooklyn, New York. The parishes of the Archdiocese for the Eastern United States are presently served by ten pastors and together number several thousand faithful.
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