St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church: A Brief History by William J. Attal
At the turn of the 19th Century, families leaving Lebanon and Syria in mass migration to America began arriving in Austin. The
immigrants' first few years were filled with making a life in the new century---adjusting to a new society and language, establishing
businesses, and educating their children. It was not until 1932 that those Lebanese who worshipped as Eastern Orthodox organized
to build a church. They hoped to preserve an ethnic and religious unity among their people, and to maintain their families'
connection with the fullness of the ancient faith.
parish expanded, our small church became too crowded and Bishop Basil obtained a dispensation for our church to hold two Liturgies
each Sunday. Rather than open another mission to accomodate our growing parish, it was decided by popular vote to create a
second campus. You can read more about this endeavor on our website here, or on Facebook