Rev. Fr. Damaskinos Issa
Rev. Fr. Damaskinos Issa is a priest in the Antiochian Christian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. He holds a Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering from Damascus University (2002), a Master of Divinity from St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology at Balamand University in Lebanon (2008). He also holds a Master of Theology from Hellenic College-Holy Cross in Brookline, MA (2012) with a graduate thesis titled “The Image of the Throne in the Book of Revelation: Liturgy as an Interpretative Key.” In the present time, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and his dissertation is about apocalyptic literature and Liturgy. He is also a Teaching Assistant at Duquesne University in theology for undergrad students.
Fr. Damaskinos comes originally from Homs-Syria, and the family comes from the Christian Valley. He was born and raised up in Homs in a faithful orthodox family (father, Mother, and his little sister) and he was an active member of the Orthodox church Sunday Schools and young adults ministry. He and Kourie Ramia have met in the church school in their home parish of St. George Orthodox Church in AlHamidia-Homs. They got married in 08/16/2009.
Fr. Damaskinos was ordained to the diaconate in April 2010 in Homs-Syria before he got a scholarship from Balamand University to start his master studies at Holy Cross in Massachusetts, the USA in 2010. He served as a deacon in St. George Church in WestRoxbury after he came with Kourie to the USA and during that time their son Michael was born in Boston, MA in 2011.
In March 2013 Metropolitan Philip of Thrice-Memory appointed Bishop JOHN to ordain Fr.Damaskinos to the priesthood at St. George in Norwood, MA. And right after his ordination, he was assigned to St. Michael in the Cape Cod area in MA. Fr. Damaskinos served the community there until he and his family moved to Pittsburgh pursuing the doctorate studies in Theology.
For three years Fr. Damaskinos was an assistant priest at St. George church in Bridgeville, PA until he was assigned by H.E Metropolitan JOSEPH as the pastor of St. Mary Church in Hunt Valley, MD.
The name DAMASKINOS (الدمشقي) is the greek name of “St. John of Damascus” whom feast day is December 4th the same feast day of St. Barbra.