John Elya

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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
Predecessor Ignatius Ghattas
Successor Cyril Salim Bustros
Ordination February 17, 1952
Consecration June 29, 1986
by Maximos V Hakim, Joseph Tawil and Michel Hakim
Personal details
Born 16 September 1928
Maghdouché, Lebanon
Previous post Auxiliary Eparch of Newton
Titular Bishop of Abila Lysaniae
Motto That all may be one
Styles of
John Adel Elya, B.S.O.
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Reference style
Spoken style His Grace
Religious style Eparch

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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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ignatius Ghattas
Eparch of Newton
Succeeded by
Cyril Salim Bustros
Preceded by
Auxiliary Eparch of Newton
Succeeded by