Bishop, 41, Named for Greek-Melkite Catholics in Canada

OTTAWA, JUNE 19, 2003 ( John Paul II named Salvatorian Basilian Father Ibrahim Ibrahim as bishop of the Holy Savior Eparchy of Montreal for Greek-Melkite Catholics in Canada.

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The eparchy has been without a bishop since the death of Sleiman Hajjar in March 2002.

Born on March 22, 1962, in Jinsnaya, Lebanon, Bishop-elect Ibrahim was ordained to the priesthood for the Salvatorian Basilian Order on July 18, 1987, in Saida, Lebanon.

He received a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and a master’s in theology from the Lateran University.

He has ministered primarily in the United States of America. At the time of his nomination was pastor of St. Elias Parish in Cleveland, Ohio. He is head of the Eparchial Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Questions for the Greek-Melkite Church.

The Catholic population of the Greek-Melkite Church in Canada is 43,000, served by 15 priests, one permanent deacon, and 10 religious in 10 parishes and missions.

The Greek-Melkite Catholic Church is one of seven Eastern-rite Churches in Canada.

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