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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 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
Email: [email protected]
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

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

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