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Eparchy of Newton
(Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States) Appointments

The new bishop of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Saint Sauveur-Montreal, Canada, will be the Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Ibrahim Ibrahim, BSO, currently pastor of St Elias Church in Cleveland, Ohio, June 2003

The new bishop of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Saint Sauveur-Montreal, Canada, will be the Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Ibrahim Ibrahim, BSO, currently pastor of St Elias Church in Cleveland, Ohio. On Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the first working session of the Synod of Melkite Bishops, His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, with the assent of the Holy See of Rome, announced the appointment of Bishop-elect Ibrahim. He succeeds the late Bishop Sleiman Hajjar as the Melkite Eparch for all of Canada. Bishop-elect Ibrahim has served as protopresbyter for the Great Lakes region, ecumenical officer of the eparchy and a member of both the Presbyteral Council and Eparchial College of Consultors. He is presently the Regional Superior of the Basilian Salvatorian Fathers in the USA. At age 41, Bishop-elect Ibrahim is among the youngest men appointed to serve the Melkite Church as an eparchial bishop. The Eparchy of St. Sauveur de Montreal of the Greek Melkite Catholics has 43,000 lay people, 15 priests, 1 deacon, and 10 religious. The bishop-elect was born in Jinsnaya, Lebanon in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1987.

Bishop John Announces New Clergy Appointments, June 2003

Bishop John A. Elya announced these appointments. The appointments are effective as of July 1st.

  • Rev. Fr. Youssef Youssef, BSO, as pastor of Saint Elias Church in Cleveland to succeed Bishop-elect Ibrahim
  • Rev. Fr. Alam Alam as administrator pro tem of Saint Joseph Parish, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to succeed Fr. Youssef.

Bishop John Announces New Clergy Appointments, August 2002

Effective 1 September 2002, His Excellency, Bishop John Elya has made the following appointments of priests in the Eparchy of Newton for the Melkites in the USA:

  • Fr Alam Alam from Assistant, St Anne Church, North Hollywood, CA, to Assistant, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Roslindale, MA.
  • Archimandrite Edward Kakaty from Rector, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Roslindale, MA, to Pastor, St Ann Church, Waterford, CT.
  • Fr Eugene Mitchell, BSO, from Pastor, Our Lady of the Cedars Church, Manchester, NH, to Rector, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Roslindale, MA.
  • Economos Romanos Russo from St Demetrios Church, Cliffside Park, NJ, to Pastor, Christ the Savior Church, Yonkers, NY.
  • Archimandrite Fouad Sayegh from Lebanon to Administrator, St Demetrios Church, Cliffside Park, NJ.
  • Fr Saba Shofany from Assistant, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Roslindale, MA, to Administrator, St Michael the Archangel Church, Hammond, IN.
  • Fr Michael Skrocki from Pastor, St Ann Church, Waterford, CT, to fulltime studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
  • Fr Thomas Steinmetz, newly ordained, as Administrator, Our Lady of the Cedars Church, Manchester, NH.

Bishop John Announces New Diocesan Appointments, August 2002

Director of Educational Services - Dr. Frances Colie of West Paterson, NJ.
Dr Colie, a lifelong educator and catechist, has been the Assistant Director for several years. She replaces Fr. Fred Saato, the founder of Educational Services, who is on a leave of absence.

Director of Communication - Paul J. Leonarczk of Manchester, NH.
Paul Leonarczk has 24 years of experience in Catholic secondary education. A parishioner of Our Lady of the Cedars, he will work to promote the identity and awareness of the Melkite Church in America and will assist the staff of SOPHIA in gathering news for publication.


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