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Fr. Elias Hawy

Father Elias Hawy was once the pastor of St. George Syrian Orthodox Church in the mid-1920s. He was born in Syria and came to the United States when he was 17. For a number of years he was engaged in business at Boston, Mass. In 1919 he returned to Syria in order to pursue studies for the clergy. He attended the Syrian Orthodox Seminary at Mount Lebanon and was ordained a priest.

In 1926 he returned to the United States and was appointed a pastor at St. George's Syrian Orthodox Church at Northwood, Massachusetts. He was ordained a priest in America by Archbishop VICTOR Aboassaly of Brooklyn. Not much is known about his tenure as pastor of St. George, or of his death. Nonetheless, he faithfully administered to over 50 Syrian families in his parish. He served the liturgy in both Arrabic and English, and provided a Sunday to school class in the evening on every Sunday.