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.

1617 Southgate Ave. Daly City, CA 94015
www.stgeorgesf.org • Email: [email protected]
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

Archiepiscopal Vicar
Rev. Protopresbyter George Jweinat
Tel: 415-860-4447

Parishes and Clergy


  • Sts. George Orthodox Cathedral
    1617 Southgate Ave
    Daly City, CA 94015
    Tel: 650-991-2234
    [email protected]
    Rev. Protopresbyter George Jweinat
    Rev. Economos Hanna Khoury

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

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

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

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

  • Holy Cross Orthodox Mission
    Manteca, CA

  • 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]
    Rev. Protopresbyter George Jweinat

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

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

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

  • St. Athanasius the Great Orthodox Mission
    Arvada, CO 80003
    Rev. Presbyter Athanusius Sawaked

  • St. Lawrence Academy
    6184 Highway 9
    Felton, CA 95018
    Tel: 831-335-0328
    Fax: 831-335-0353
    [email protected]
    Head of School: Patrick Macy

  • Vicariate P/J Youth Ministry
    Email the Vicariate Youth Team »


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