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Archimandrite Aftimos Haddad
15/12/1916 - 12/1/1997
Archimandrite (Monseigneur) Haddad was born and educated in Yabroud, Syria. In 1932, he joined the Basilian Chouerite Order of St John the Baptist in Khonshara, Lebanon.

At the Monastery, he received the religious name, Aftimos. Monseigneur Haddad studied philosophy and theology at St Joseph University, Beirut and was ordained in 1946. 

Monseigneur Haddad held positions in Lebanon for both the Monastery and Melkite parishes. He was appointed Vicar General at Marjayoun, South Lebanon and later was Rector of the Episcopal School of St Saviour in Beirut for four years. 
With the tragic passing of Father Hallit, Monseigneur Economos Chahoud requested another priest. In 1964, Monseigneur Haddad arrived in Sydney. In 1966 Monseigneur Economos Chahoud returned to the Monastery of St John the Baptist, Konshara Lebanon to spend his final years and Monseigneur Haddad assumed responsibility for St Michael’s Church, Waterloo, Sydney. 

In 1968, Monseigneur Haddad renovated St Michael’s. It was during his tenure that St Michael’s, Waterloo was sold, as it was too small for our growing community. In 1977, Monseigneur Haddad purchased the current site of St Michael the Archangel Cathedral, in Golden Grove Street, Darlington for the new and larger church. 

Monseigneur Haddad died aged 81 and is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney.
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