Photo: Most Rev. Bishop François Beyrouti, left, and Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos, right, with Patriarch Youssef Absi, the current patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Newton, MA.
On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, the Eparchial Bishop, His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos, Rev. Fr. Noby Ayyaneth, and Rev. Fr. Jobin Thomas attended the Enthronement Divine Liturgy of the Most Rev. Bishop François Beyrouti, the sixth (6th) Eparchial Bishop of Newton for the Melkite Church in the United States of America.
On October 15, 2022, a meeting of the Eparchial Pastoral Council was held in the Eparchial Chancery at 11 AM. His Excellency Mar Stephanos presided over the meeting. The main item on the meeting agenda was an update from the various Apostolates of the Eparchy, an update on the Pastoral Center, a follow-up on the formation of the Commissions of the Pastoral Council & Plan of Action, and a discussion regarding the next Syro Malankara Catholic Convention.
The 2022 Eparchy Day celebration was held on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the St. Vincent de Paul Cathedral in Elmont, New York. The celebrations began with Morning Prayers and the solemn concelebrated Holy Qurbono at 8:30 a.m. with the Eparchial Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos, as the Main Celebrant. At the conclusion of the Holy Qurbono. a short felicitation meeting was conducted. The Pastoral Council Secretary, Mr. Sunil Chacko presented a gift to Bishop Stephanos on behalf of the Eparchy.
Rev. Dr. George Oonnoonny and Rev. Fr. Jobin Thomas represented the St. Mary Queen of Peace Eparchy at the 84th Annual Convention of the Canon Law Society of America (CLSA) which was held in Cleveland, Ohio. 400 members of the Canon Law Society of America gathered in Cleveland from October 10-13, 2022.
Born near Lyon, France, this farmer’s son studied for the priesthood for many years, and eventually was ordained more for his devoutness and goodwill than for other qualities. But he became a model parish priest in Arsen-Dombes, where he served for 40 years. He was devoted to his parishioners and became famous for rigorous preaching and insights in the confessional. The Cure of Ars, as he was known, spent up to 18 hours a day hearing the confessions of pilgrims who sought him out. He is the patron of parish priests.