Posted by Ashuroyo from qn-212-58-169-135.quicknet.nl (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 3:44AM :
I heard some disturbing news from the USA concerning one of our bishops, namely His Eminence Bishop Mor Clemis Eugene (Augin) Kaplan of the diocese of western USA.
He seems to be disappeared and hiding himself somewhere. Some while ago he was here in Holland for a short trip to the monastery of Mor Afrem Suryoyo ( residence of Bishop J.J. Cicek ). From the monastery we heard that Bishop Clemis Eugine ( Augin) Kaplan had lost more than one million U.S. dollars on the stockmarket and needed financial aid immediatly.
Of course, we the believers in Europe did not believe such lies. But this disturbing news makes us doubt.
Can somebody shed some light on this issue?
p.s. below you can read a biograpy of His Eminence. Source: SYRIAC ORTHODOX RESOURCES.
His Eminence is Born in Qamishly, Syria, in 1955, His Eminence Metropolitan Mor Clemis Eugene (Awgen) Kaplan completed his high school education in Qamishly. In 1969, His Eminence joined the St. Ephraim Theological Seminary in Atshaneh, Lebanon and graduated in 1973. He then pursued theological, pastoral and liturgical education at Mor Hananya Monastery (Deyr ul-Zaafaran), Turkey. He was called to monastic life in 1971 and was ordained to sacred priesthood in 1983. From 1974-1981 he served as a teacher of Syriac and Arabic languages and theology at the Za`faran monastery. In 1982, His Eminence was appointed as the Principal of the Theological Seminary of Mor Gabriel Monastery in Turkey and served in this capacity until 1990. On April 12, 1991, His Eminence was consecrated Metropolitan and appointed Patriarchal Assistant. His Eminence was elected to the Patriarchate Vicarate of the Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western United States by H. H. Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I and assumed responsibilities as Patriarchal Vicar on April 7th, 1996.
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