the Most Rev. Nicholas J. Samra

Eparch of Newton

Born in Paterson, N.J., the Most Rev. Nicholas James Samra (August 15, 1944- ) was ordained a priest of the Eparchy of Newton on May 10, 1970. He served in several parishes and eparchial posts before his consecration and installation as auxiliary bishop on July 6th, 1989 by Archbishop Joseph Tawil. He was elected our fifth eparchial bishop in June 2011.

Father Hezekias Carnazzo, M.A.


Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo graduated from Christendom College in 2004 and completed a master‘s degree in systematic theology with an Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma at Christendom‘s Graduate School.

In 2009, Fr. Hezekias (formerly Deacon Sabatino) founded the Institute of Catholic Culture, and has since served as its Executive Director. Ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 2016, he also serves as the Director of the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization for the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton.

He is a recipient of the Guadalupe Radio Network‘s “Fishers of Men” award and the Brent Society‘s Bishop Thomas J. Welsh Award for Distinguished Service. Fr. Hezekias has lectured throughout the U.S., appeared on a number of Catholic radio shows, and has twice appeared on EWTN‘s Sunday Night Live program.

He and his wife Linda have six children.

Fr. Hezekias can be reached at fatherhezekias@gmail.com and 916 920-2900 ext. 1

Father Brendan McAnerney, O.P.

Pastor Emeritus

Fr. Brendan McAnerney, O.P. is a Dominican priest ordained in the Latin Rite, with faculties granted by His Holiness John Paul II to serve as a Melkite Greek-Catholic priest.

He is an adjunct faculty member of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, California where he teaches iconology and iconography.

He first served at St. George Church in 1999 and became a resident priest in 2001 while directing DominICON, a “Ministry to Enhance Appreciation of Holy Icons and the Traditions of the Eastern Churches.”

He was appointed Pastor in 2011 by the Most Reverend Nicholas J. Samra, Bishop of Newton.

Fr. Brendan can be reached at frbrendanmca@gmail.com and 916 920-2900 ext. 2

Deacon Dorotheos

Deacon Dorotheos was ordained by the Most Reverend Nicholas James Samra, Eparchial Bishop of Newton, on January 10, 2016. For the ten years previous, he has been a parishioner of St. George Church serving on the pastoral, finance, and property councils.

Dorotheos can be reached at dorotheos@st-george-melkite.org and 916 920-2900 ext. 3

Reader Fred Struck

Reader Fred Struck and his wife Mary have been parishioners of St. George for 32 years. Fred serves as Reader for the parish. His knowledge of the services is exhaustive; his dedication unfaltering.

Fred can be reached at festruck@hotmail.com


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