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.


Joachim and Anna Rejoice

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (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 whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (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.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)