Nicholas James Samra: New eparch of Newton for the Melkites

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Nicholas J. Samra.jpegThe Holy Father, upon the recommendation of the Melkite Synod, has given his assent to election of the Most Reverend Nicholas James Samra as the new Eparch of Newton for the Melkites. Bishop Nicholas, 67, has been the auxiliary of the same. Bishop Nicholas replaces Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros who has been elected the Metropolitan of Beruit and Jbeil.

The Eparchy of Newton covers the entire country; it was founded in 1966 and erected as an eparchy in 1976. According to 2009 stats the Eparchy has 26,700 faithful.

I have known Sayedna Nicholas for years and this is a terrific choice for the Eparchy!!!

Bishop Nicholas is the first native born to be the Father of the Eparchy!

God grant him many years!!!!!


Eis polla, Dhespota!

If I remember aright, Bp. Samra is the first American-born eparch for the Melkites; therefore this is indeed news!

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