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.


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


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