|His Grace, The Most Reverend
John Adel Elya, B.S.O.
|Eparch Emeritus of Newton|
|Church||Melkite Greek Catholic Church|
|Diocese||Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton|
|Installed||January 25, 1994|
|Term ended||June 22, 2004|
|Successor||Cyril Salim Bustros|
|Ordination||February 17, 1952|
|Consecration||June 29, 1986
by Maximos V Hakim, Joseph Tawil and Michel Hakim
|Born||16 September 1928
|Previous post||Auxiliary Eparch of Newton
Titular Bishop of Abila Lysaniae
|Motto||That all may be one|
John Adel Elya, B.S.O.
|Spoken style||His Grace|
John Adel Elya (born 16 September 1928) is a bishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. From 1993 to 2004, he served as Eparch of Newton, with jurisdiction over Melkite churches in the United States.
Bishop Elya, a native of Maghdouché, Lebanon, entered the Melkite Basilian Salvatorian Order, where he professed his solemn vows in 1949. After completing his philosophical and theological studies, Elya was ordained a priest on 17 February 1952. He later obtained a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and taught moral theology and philosophy in the Monastery of Saint Savior in Lebanon and served as rector of the seminary of Saint Basil in Methuen, Massachusetts.
Elya went on to serve as a parish priest in Zerka, Jordan. He also served as the pastor of churches in Manchester, New Hampshire, Toronto, Ontario, and Lawrence, Massachusetts, and as rector of the Annunciation Melkite Catholic Cathedral in Roslindale, Massachusetts. While a priest in the United States he earned a master's degree from Boston College.
In 1977 Elya was named an archimandrite. He was appointed titular Bishop of Abilene of Lysanias and auxiliary to the Eparch of Newton. On 25 November 1993 he was appointed Eparch of Newton, succeeding the deceased Bishop Ignatius Ghattas. Elya was installed 25 January 1994, serving as eparch until his retirement on 22 June 2004. He was succeeded as eparch by Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros.
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|Catholic Church titles|
|Eparch of Newton
Cyril Salim Bustros
|Auxiliary Eparch of Newton
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