About the Vicariate

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, The Very Rev. Protopresbyter George Jweinat.

Parishes and Clergy


St. George Orthodox Cathedral
1617 Southgate Ave
Daly City, CA 94015
Tel: 650-991-2234
[email protected]
Arch. Vicar Very Rev. Fr. George Jweinat
Very Rev. Fr. Hanna Khoury

St. George Orthodox Church
7311 College View Dr
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Tel: 925-525-1113
[email protected]
Rev. Fr. Nektarios Raie

St. James Orthodox Church
195 North Main St
Milpitas, CA 95035
Tel: 408-934-1540
[email protected]
Very Rev. Fr. Giris Hanna
Fr. Dn. Joseph Kawar

St. Lawrence Orthodox Church
6192 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
Tel: 831-335-0300
Fax: 831-335-0353
[email protected]
Very Rev. Fr. Thaddaeus Hardenbrook
Very Rev. Fr. Luke Dingman
Rev. Fr. Nathaniel Johnson
Fr. Arch Dn. Lazarus Adam
Fr. Dn. James Somerville

St. Lawrence Academy
6184 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
FAX: 831-335-0353
[email protected]
Head of School: Patrick Macy

Holy Cross Orthodox Mission
Manteca, CA

St. Stephen Orthodox Church
11055 Hirschfeld Way
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Tel: 707-235-0316
[email protected]
Very Rev. Fr. Romanos Khoury

Albishara Orthodox Church
2525 Etiwanda Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Tel: 661-755-5363
[email protected]

Great Martyr Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy "Online Courses"
[email protected]
Archiepiscopal Vicar Protopresbyter George Jweinat
Very Rev. Fr. Thaddaeus Hardenbrook, President
Very Rev. Fr. John A. Peck, Dean

Decent of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Mission
3749 Hillview Rd
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Tel: 805-361-0433
[email protected]
Rev. Father James Matta

Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
1924 Trinity Ave
Walnut Creek CA 94596
Mailing address:
P.O.Box 254
Lafayette, CA 94549
Tel: 650-619-1318
[email protected]
Very Rev. Fr. Moeen Hanna

Life Giving Spring Orthodox Mission
640 South Orchard Ave
Ukiah, CA 95482
Tel: 925- 525-1113
[email protected]
Rev. Fr. Nektarios Raie


St. Brendan the Voyager Orthodox Mission
1664 Central Ave
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Tel: 928-910-2186
[email protected]
Rev. Fr. John A. Peck

Theotokos “Joy of All Who Sorrow” & St. John Maximovitch Orthodox Mission
11002 N. Saguaro Blvd,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Mailing Address: 10859 E. Kalil Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Tel: 928-910-2186
[email protected]
Rev. Fr. John A. Peck

Holy Archangels Orthodox Mission
480 W. Deuce of Clubs
Show Low, AZ 8590
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 1149
Lakeside AZ 85929
Tel: 928-910-2186
[email protected]
Rev. Fr. John A. Peck

All Saints of North America Orthodox Church
9502 W Hutton Dr
Sun City, AZ 85351
Tel: 928- 910-2186
[email protected]
Rev. Fr. John A. Peck


St. Athanasius Orthodox Mission
Arvada CO 80003
Rev. Fr. Athanasius Sawaked

399 San Fernando Way
San Francisco, CA 94127
Tel: (415) 334-2234
Fax: (415) 334-2275

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America