GALILEE – The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land extends its warmest congratulations to Fr. Yousef Matta on the occasion of the decision by His Holiness Pope Francis ratifying his election as Archbishop of Acre, Haifa, Nazareth and the entire Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholics.
While warmly welcoming the Pontiff’s approval of the election of Fr. Matta as the Melkite Archbishop of the Galilee, we affirm our constant readiness to cooperate with him for the common good. We pray for him and for the Greek Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Acre, and ask the Almighty to impart His Blessings on them always.
The Assembly extends its gratitude God for the Archbishop elect Matta. It also thanks God for the invaluable services that Fr. Andraus Bahus conducted during the last four months, during which he administered the Greek Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Acre following the election (on November 8, 2018) of its former Head, Archbishop George Baqouni, to head the Melkite Archdiocese of Beirut.
It is worth mentioning that the Archbishop elect was born in Nazareth on December 3, 1968. He studied computer science at the Technion (Haifa) and then at the Latin Patriarchal Seminary in Beit Jala.
He was ordained as priest on 19 June 1999. He served in several positions in the Greek Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Acre; and obtained his doctorate from university in Rome; served as a teacher at the seminary of the Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Lebanon. Since 2013, he has been an assistant priest of the Greek Catholic parish in Nazareth.
Details on the official episcopal ordination of Fr. Matta will be announced later as well as the date on which he will assume his new duties as Melkite Archbishop of Galilee.