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Abouna (Rev. Father) Firas Boutros Khoury Diab's Mentor Priest was Sayedna Elias Chacour
 

After graduation from the Seminary and prior to Ordination, men who are candidates for Deacon Ordination are required to spend time under the supervios of a Mentor Priest. Mentor Priest is a priest who is considered successful as a holy person and as a pastor.

Firas Diab's Mentor Priest was the then Abouna Elias Chachour. So, Firas lived for several months in Ibillin. Additionally, he often stayed for several days in Ibillin.

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His Excellency Sayedna / Sayidna / Archbishop Dr. Elias Chacour is the current Sayedna / Sayidna / Bishop of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and All of Galilee and the President of Mar Elias Educational Institutions.

Sayedna / Sayidna / Bishop of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and All of Galilee

On Feb. 25, 2006, Abouna Elias Chacour was ordained .
On Feb. 8, 2006, Abouna Elias Chacour was apointed Sayedna / Sayidna / Bishop of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and All of Galilee.

Contact Information

His Excellency Sayedna / Sayidna / Archbishop Dr. Elias Chacour, President, Mar Elias Educational Institutions
P.O. Box 102
Ibillin 30012
Galilee, Israel
Office Tel.: 011-972-04-9866848 or +972 (0)4 986 6848
Office Fax: 011-972-04-9866848 or +972 (0)4 986 6848
E-mail: office@m-e-c.org
Web site: http://www.m-e-c.org/ Please contact His Excellency Sayedna / Sayidna / Archbishop Dr. Elias Chacour via his office at Mar Elias Educational Institutions, not at his office in Haifa.

Books

His Excellency Sayedna / Sayidna / Archbishop Dr. is the author of two very well known books:

  • Blood Brothers
    by Authors: Elias Chacour, David Hazard, and James A. Baker III
    Released: February, 2003
    ISBN: 0800793218
    Paperback
  • We Belong to the Land: The Story of a Palestinian Israeli Who Lives for Peace and Reconciliation
    (Erma Konya Kess Lives of the Just and Virtuous Series)
    by Authors: Elias Chacour and Mary E. Jensen
    Released: April, 2001
    ISBN: 0268019630

Honors

His Excellency Sayedna / Sayidna / Archbishop Dr. Elias Chacour has been honored for his work on behalf of peace.

  • Nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1986, 1989, 1994).
  • Received:
    • World Methodist Peace Prize (1994).
    • Niwano Peace Prize awarded by a prestigious Buddhist group in Japan (2001).
    • Honorary doctorates from Emory University and University of Indianapolis (2001).
    • Italian Dante Aligheiri Human Rights Award (2002).
    • Mediterranean Peace Award (2003).
    • International Award from the Council of America's First Freedom Award (2005).

Biography

His Excellency Sayedna / Sayidna / Archbishop Dr. Elias Chacour was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the village of Biram in Upper Galilee in 1939.
The Israeli authorities evicted the whole village in 1947.
Sayenda Elias Chacour became a citizen of Israel when the state was created in 1948.

In 1965, Abouna Elias Chacour was appointed as priest of the Church of St. Joseph, in Ibillin.

Name

His Excellency Sayedna / Sayidna / Archbishop Dr. Elias Chacour's last name is difficult to transliterate from the Arabic. "Chacour" has been transliterated as "Shacour", "Shakour" and "Shaquore".

More Information

Abuna Elias Chacour Mar Elias Educational Institutions

A Brief Report of Trip to Ibillin, Israel, by Don Griggs - December 2002 Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

Pilgrims of Ibillin Pilgrims of Ibillin organization

Japanese Buddhist Niwano Prize Goes To Palestinian Priest Sts. Peter and Paul Melkite Catholic Church, Please click on Resource Center in the left hand index.
Within the Resource Center, click on the name of the article.

These pictures were taken by Abouna Firas Khoury Diab and his family.


St. George (Mar Giries) Melkite Greek Catholic Parish
Abouna Firas Boutros Khoury Diab
E-mail Address: Abouna Firas Boutros Khoury Diab, firas_khoury2002@yahoo.com
Skype Name: Doris Diab Doris_Diab, by e-mail please agree on a date and a time for a Skype Video Call
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 2 hours
Pacific Time (GMT minus 8 hours) in the United States of America is 10 hours behind Zababdeh Time, that is 2 a.m. Pacific Time is 12 noon Zababdeh Time, 12 noon Pacific Time is 10 p.m Zababdeh Time, 2 p.m. Pacific Time is 12 midnight Zabadeh Time, and 12 midnight Pacific Time is 10 a.m. the next day Zababdeh Time.
Usually, the best time to contact Abouna Firas is during his evening, that is from 7 p.m. - 12 p.m. during Zababdeh time.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1032421184
Land telephone for the Church / Home: 2510894, from other countries including the U.S.: 011.970.4.2510894, from Jerusalem and Bethlehem: 04.2510894 (Code 970 is for Palestine National Authority and code 972 is for Israel. Both codes will work.)
Cell / Mobile telephone for Abouna Firas: 0599789282, from other countries including the U.S.: 011.970.599789282, (do not dial the area code and the 0), from Jerusalem and Bethlehem: 0599789282 (Code 970 is for Palestine National Authority and code 972 is for Israel. Both codes will work.)
Fax: None
Web site: St. George (Mar Giries) Melkite Greek Catholic Church, http://www.stgeorgeinzababdeh.com/
Mailing address: St. George Church, Zababdeh, Palestine National Authority
St. George Church does not have a street mailing address nor a Post Box Office mailing address.
Physical location: St. George Church is the Catholic Church on the main road.
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