Bishop François Beyrouti was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
He attended St. Edmund’s Elementary School from kindergarten to Grade 7 and grades 8–12 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in North Vancouver.
He entered the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, British Columbia in 1989.where he completed a BA in 1993. He then moved to Ottawa, Ontario and in 1996 completed a Civil and Ecclesiastical Baccalaureate in Theology in Eastern Christian Studies at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University.
In 1997, he completed a Master of Arts in Theology and Biblical Studies and in 1998 a Licentiate in Theology and Biblical Studies, both at Saint Paul University (Ottawa, Ontario).
In 2013, he received a Ph.D. (The University of Ottawa) and D.Th. (Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario) for his thesis on Origen of Alexandria’s Commentary on the Gospel of John, focusing on Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman in John 4.
Bishop Sleiman Hajjar ordained him a priest on 4 October 1998 and appointed him as assistant pastor at Saints Peter and Paul Melkite Catholic Church where he served until 31 January 2010. There he focused on building up pastoral programmess, developing strong youth and young adult ministries, leading marriage preparation programmes, media work with newspapers, radio, and television stations, and engaged political leaders on religious topics. He has also completed workshops in conflict resolution and youth ministry and served as vocations director and member of the College of Consultors.
He has taught the following courses: ‘Christianity in the Middle East’ (2000), ‘Hermeneutics and Exegesis in Eastern Christianity’ (2000, 2003, and 2015), ‘The Synoptic Gospels’ (2008), ‘The Eastern Catholic Churches at Vatican II’ (2014), and online courses on the Gospel of Saint Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, the Bible in the Divine Liturgy, the Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus, and Foundational Bible resources.
On the occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth to the throne, he was awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal in a ceremony at the Parliament of Canada on 1 November 2002.
He was incardinated into the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton, USA on 2 December 2011, and served on the Presbyteral Council and College of Eparchial Consultors.
From November 2012 to October 2022, he was the pastor of Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in Placentia, California (HolyCrossMelkite.org)and since 2015, served consecutive terms as president of the Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association.
On 23 June 2022, he was elected a bishop by the Melkite Catholic Synod held at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome, Italy. On 20 August 2022, Pope Francis confirmed the episcopal election of bishop-elect François Beyrouti to shepherd the Melkite Catholic Diocese of Newton for the Melkite Catholic Church in the United States of America. The announcement was simultaneously made by His Beatitude, Patriarch Joseph Absi, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Melkite Catholic Church.
Our Lady of the Annunciation Melkite Cathedral Boston USA.
He was ordained a bishop On 12 October 2022 at St. Anne’s Melkite Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California and Bishop François Beyrouti was enthroned at Annunciation Melkite Catholic Cathedral in Boston, Massachusetts on 19 October 2022.
His homilies, presentations, and interviews can be found at Melkite Catholic TV – YouTube
This virtual Rosary Thursday will make use of Zoom technology. It will open at 17.40 hours, local Rome time; the prayers begin at 18.00 hours, concluding at 18.30 hours.
The following time zones will assist your time of prayer.
USA/CANADA – Eastern Time: 12.00
USA/CANADA – Central Time: 11.00
CENTRAL EUROPEAN Time: 18.00
USA/CANADA – Mountain Time: 10.00
SOUTH AFRICA: – 18.00
UK/IRELAND: – 17.00
This virtual Rosary Thursday will include a welcome by Marion Mulhall and introduction to Bishop François Beyrouti.
Prayer leader and prayer responders will pray the Luminous Mysteries in the following order, with special guided meditations/reflections for each decade by Bishop François Beyrouti
- First Luminous Mystery –The Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan – to be prayed by Bishop François Beyrouti prayer responder Berni Neal a team member to Worldpriest INC USA.
- Second Luminous Mystery – Wedding Feast of Cana – to be prayed by Bishop François Beyrouti prayer responder a friend to Worldpriest.
- Third Luminous Mystery – Proclamation of the Kingdom – to be prayed by Bishop François Beyrouti prayer responder Marion Mulhall Founder Worldpriest Global Apostolate.
- Fourth Luminous Mystery – The Transfiguration of Our Lord – to be prayed by Bishop François Beyrouti prayer responders Molly and Richard Jesse friends to Worldpriest from Vermont USA.
- Fifth Luminous Mystery – The Institution of the Eucharist – to be prayed by Bishop François Beyrouti prayer responder Anne Brady Director of Worldpriest Ireland.
Final rosary prayers with a special blessing by Bishop François Beyrouti
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We were so blessed to have, Father Jeffrey Kirby, STD who so prayerfully led our Rosary Thursday prayer event on Thursday 23 February.
Join and pray with Father Jeffrey Kirby, STD at any time of your choosing on Rosary Thursday. Youtube link youtu.be/EZvsuhv2MNI from the recording of this time of prayer.