Syrian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark

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Syriac Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance
Eparchia Dominae Nostrae Liberationis Novarcensis Syrorum
St. Joseph Syriac Catholic Cathedral - Bayonne, New Jersey 02 (cropped).jpg
St. Joseph Cathedral
Territory United States of America
Ecclesiastical province Eastern Catholic Eparchies Immediately Subject to the Holy See
- Catholics

Parishes 11
Denomination Syriac Catholic Church
Rite West Syrian Rite
Established November 6, 1995 (21 years ago)
Cathedral St. Joseph Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Yousif Benham Habash

The Syriac Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance is an eparchy of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Catholic Church.

The territory of the eparchy encompasses the entire United States. It has its HQ in Newark, New Jersey, and has its Cathedral episcopal see: St. Joseph Syriac Catholic Cathedral, in Bayonne, New Jersey. It was estimated to have 16,000 faithful. Bishop Yousif Benham Habash has led the eparchy since April 2010.


Until 1995, Syriac Catholic congregations in the United States and Canada were under the jurisdiction of the local Latin Rite bishops of the Roman Catholic Church.

On November 6, 1995, Pope John Paul II erected the Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance, immediately subject to the Holy See,[1] and appointed bishop Joseph Younan as the first eparch, with his see at Newark, New Jersey.[2]

In 2009, Bishop Younan was elected as Primate of the Syriac Catholic Church and Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syrians. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Yousif Benham Habash as the second eparch.[3]

On 7 January 2016, it lost its (southeastern) Canadian territory (then five communities in Ontario and Quebec provinces) to the newly erected Syrian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate for Canada.

Episcopal Ordinaries[edit]

(Syriac Rite)

Eparchs (Bishops) of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark
  1. Joseph Younan (November 6, 1995 – January 20, 2009), later Patriarch of Antioch of the Syriacs (actually in Beirut, Lebanon) ([2009.01.20] 2009.01.22 – ...) and President of the Synod of the Syriac Catholic Church (2009.01.22 – ...)
  2. Yousif Benham Habash (April 12, 2010 – ...)

Current status[edit]

As of 2016, the eparchy is estimated to have 16,000 faithful in 8 parishes and 6 missions.[4]

Congregations are located in the following cities :

East coast
West coast

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark (Syrian)". Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ Sharon Bernstein (November 19, 1995). "Valley Priest to Be Bishop of New Diocese". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ Mitchell Landsberg (April 13, 2010). "Iraqi-born L.A. priest to head U.S. Syrian Catholic Church". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2010" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved August 22, 2010.  Information sourced from Annuario Pontificio 2010 edition.

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