New applications for deacon program

February 17, 2022 0 Comments

From the Director of Deacon Formation: Fr. Bryan McNeil announces that the Eparchy of Newton is now accepting new applicants for the deacon program. Please send application requests to Fr. Bryan at The residency session for 2022 runs May 30 – June 10. Also, applications for the sub-deacon program are being accepted. Please keep …

The USA Melkite Church’s Ministry today

January 29, 2022 0 Comments

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, Bishop Nicholas gave a presentation on the ministries of the Melkite Church here in the USA. The Bishop speaks to a number of things about the life of the Church –and the survival and demise of some parishes– the Liturgy, priesthood, diaconate, the work of the laity, the education of …

Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Environment

September 1, 2021 0 Comments

In 1989, the Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrius instituted a Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Environment, establishing it on September 1. Pope Francis has extended that remembrance to the Catholic Church. In 2016, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said, “Following for many years the catastrophic world developments in environmental matters, the Holy and Great Mother …

St Lawrence, deacon and martyr

August 10, 2021 0 Comments

The Church sings, Inflaming your heart with heavenly fire, you turned the fires of passion into cold ashes. O God-bearing martyr Lawrence, strength of martyrs, amid all your sufferings you cried out: Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ. (Kontakion, Tone 2) The Holy Martyr Lawrence was a deacon in the Church of …

Praying for good in Lebanon

June 29, 2021 0 Comments

Maronite Bishop Gregory of New York recently wrote, Since October 2019, Lebanon has been facing political turmoil, civil unrest, nationwide protests, unemployment, power outages, devaluation of national currency and extreme poverty. The pandemic exacerbated the financial crisis and as the nation continued to experience record unemployment and a poverty rate over 50%, its capital was …

New archbishop of Zahleh and Furzol of the Greek-Melkites, Lebanon

June 26, 2021 0 Comments

This morning the news of the election of new archbishop of Zahleh and Furzol of the Greek-Melkites, Lebanon was announced by the Vatican Press Office. The Holy Father has assented to the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church of Antioch of the Greek Melkites of Bishop Ibrahim Michael Ibrahim, B.S., …

Humanitarian aid for the Oriental Churches

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

Another post by Joan Lewis that ought to interest you regarding the Holy See’s humanitarian arm for the Oriental Churches. The Holy See organizes certain humanitarian services for Eastern Christians in the Middle East. Read the post here.