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Vicariate for the Palestinian / Jordanian Orthodox Christian Communities

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Very Rev. Protopresbyter George Jweinat

St. George Orthodox Church
399 San Fernando Way
San Francisco, CA 94127

Tel: (415) 334-2234 | Fax: (415) 334-2275 | Email:


After a long process that began in 1993, related to the ecclesiastical status of a portion of the Palestinian and Jordanian communities in the USA (the portion connected to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem), there was a final agreed decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem concerning these communities. The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Jerusalem Patriarchate agreed that the canonical and pastoral supervision of these communities and their clergy would belong to the canonically established jurisdiction in the United States which is the Eparchy of the Ecumenical Throne in America, that is, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The agreement was signed in Jerusalem on February 28, 2007. Archbishop Demetrios of America was the senior representative for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and signed on its behalf.

The process of implementation continued through 2008, when His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem met at the Ecumenical Patriarchate and concluded final details, including the creation of the Vicariate for Palestinian/Jordanian Christian Orthodox Communities in the USA. Following the meeting at the Phanar, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America was directed to proceed with the implementation of the agreements by the creation of a Vicariate for the clergy and communities within the Archdiocese of America. The clergy and communities of the Vicariate will be directly under the Archbishop of America and will report to the Archdiocese through the Archiepiscopal Vicar.

Parishes and ClergY

St. George Orthodox Church
399 San Fernando Way
San Francisco, CA 94127
Very Rev. Father George Jweinat
Very Rev. Father Issa Awwad
Rev. Fr. Hanna Khoury
Rev. Fr. Nectarios Raie

St. George Orthodox Church
7311 College View Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Very Rev. Father Moheen Hanna
Rev. Fr. Hanna Khoury
Rev. Fr. Nectarios Raie

St. James Church
195 North Main St.
Milpitas, CA 95035
Very Rev. Father Giris Hanna
Very Rev. Fr. Moueen Hanna
Rev. Dn. Joseph Kawar

Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
1700 North Towne Ave
Claremont, CA 91711

St. Lawrence Orthodox Church
6192 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
Very Rev. Fr. Thaddeus Hardenbrook
Rev. Fr. Luke Dingman
Fr. Dn. Nathaniel Johnson
Fr. Dn. Lazarus Adams
Fr. Dn. James Somerville

St. Stephen Orthodox Church
11055 Hirshfeld Way
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Rev. Fr. Romanos Khoury

St. Nicolas Orthodox Mission
7401 White Lane
Bakersfield, Ca 93309

St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Mission
1924 Trinity Ave.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Mailing Address: PO Box 254
Lafayette, CA 94549
Rev. Fr. Spyridon Jajeh
Rev. Fr. Athanasius Sawaked
Arvado, CO 80003

Decent of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Mission
P.O. Box 6986
Los Osos, CA 93412
Rev. Fr. Spyridon Jajeh
Rev. Fr. James Matta