vatican.va - The Pope has appointed as eparchial bishop of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans, United States of America, H.E. Msgr. Emanuel Hana Shaleta, transferring him from the eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans, Canada.

H.E. Msgr. Emanuel Hana Shaleta

H.E. Msgr. Emanuel Hana Shaleta was born in Fishkabour-Zakho, Iraq, on 12 November 1956.

Following his primary studies in his village, in 1971 he entered the “St. John” minor seminary run by the Dominican Fathers, near Mosul.

In 1977 he was sent to the Pontifical Urbanian University, where he carried out his studies in philosophy and theology.

He was ordained a priest by Pope St. John Paul II on 31 May 1984.

He continued his studies in the faculty of theology of the Urbanian University and obtained a doctorate in biblical theology in 1987.

He transferred to the United States of America, in the Chaldean eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit, where from 1987 to 2000 he served in the parish of St. Paul, North Hollywood, California; from 2000 to 2002 he was deputy priest of St. Joseph, Troy, Michigan; then, until 2006, he was pastor of the same parish and then parish priest of St. George in Township, Michigan, until 2015.

In 2009, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his priestly ordination, he received the title of chorbishop.

On 15 January 2015, the Holy Father Francis appointed him as bishop of the eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans, Canada, and he was ordained on 6 February 2015.

He speaks Chaldean, Arabic, Italian and English, and knows Assyrian, Kurdish, French, German, and among the ancient languages, Latin, Hebrew and Greek.


Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another – his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects – is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you’d never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk