vatican.va - The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the eparchy of Newton of the Greek-Melkites, United States of America, presented by Bishop Nicholas James Samra.

The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend François Beyrouti, of the clergy of the same eparchy, until now parish priest of the Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in Placentia, California, as bishop of the eparchy of Newton of the Greek-Melkites.

Curriculum vitae

Msgr. François Beyrouti was born on 3 July 1971 in Hadath-Beirut, Lebanon. After emigrating with his family to Canada, in Vancouver, British Columbia, he attended the Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. From 1989 to 1993 he studied in the Christ the King seminary in Mission, B.C. He was awarded a degree and doctorate in biblical theology from Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario.

He was ordained a priest on 4 October 1998 for the eparchy of Saint-Sauveur de Montréal of the Greek-Melkites. He subsequently served as deputy parish priest of the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ottawa, member of the College of Consultors and head of youth pastoral care.

In December 2011 he was incardinated in the eparchy of Newton of the Greek-Melkites, where he was elected member of the Presbyteral Council and appointed as parish priest of the Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in Placentia, California.

Besides English, he knows French, German and Arabic.


Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (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 stands forth in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. * The Angels worship with the hierarchs, * and the apostles exult with the prophets, * because, in our behalf, the Mother of God entreats the pre-eternal God. (Kontakion - Tone 3)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st.