Jordan: New Melkite Greek Catholic bishop welcomed on April 21

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Jordan: New Melkite Greek Catholic bishop welcomed on April 21

Amman-en.abouna.org

The Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Petra and Philadelphia invites priests, deacons, nuns and the faithful to take part in the Mass marking the assumption of Bishop Joseph Jbara his role as archbishop of the archeparchy The Mass will held on Saturday, April 21 at the Greek-Melkite Cathedral of St. George, Umm Summaq, Amman at 6:00pm.

Monsignor Mauro Lalli, acting Apostolic Nuncio in Amman, had earlier announced that His Holiness Pope Francis has approved the proposal presented by the Synod of the Melkite Roman Catholics to transfer Bishop Joseph Jbara from the diocese of Our Lady of Paradise in São Paulo to the Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Petra and Philadelphia. Furthermore, he was promoted to a higher ranking, namely archbishop.

Bishop Joseph Jbara was born in Amatour township in the Lebanese Shouf in June 1965. He pursued his studies in his township and then in Beirut. He pursued further studies in electronics, and later became a seminary student at the Beirut and Jubail Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy. He pursued studies at the St. Paul Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Harisa and ordained deacon priest in 1993.

In September 1993, he left for France and served as a spiritual adviser for a Carmelite religious group. In 1996, he served several parishes in Paris including the Notre Dame des Champs parish where he served as a priest for five years during which he obtained the doctorate degree from the Sorbonne University.

In 2003 he returned to Beirut and became the parish priest of the Our Lady Of Deliverance Church Hadath. In 2012, he became a lecturer at the Jesuit University and later director of the Institute of Islamic-Christian studies at the university. In June 2013, the Synod of the Melkite Roman Catholics elected him as assistant bishop of the diocese of Our Lady of Paradise in São Paulo, and in November 2013, he succeeded Bishop Faris Ma’karon who resigned at the time. Archbishop Jbara wrote several books and articles.

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:20
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