vatican.va - The Pope has appointed as eparchial bishop of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans, United States of America, H.E. Msgr. Emanuel Hana Shaleta, transferring him from the eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans, Canada.

H.E. Msgr. Emanuel Hana Shaleta

H.E. Msgr. Emanuel Hana Shaleta was born in Fishkabour-Zakho, Iraq, on 12 November 1956.

Following his primary studies in his village, in 1971 he entered the “St. John” minor seminary run by the Dominican Fathers, near Mosul.

In 1977 he was sent to the Pontifical Urbanian University, where he carried out his studies in philosophy and theology.

He was ordained a priest by Pope St. John Paul II on 31 May 1984.

He continued his studies in the faculty of theology of the Urbanian University and obtained a doctorate in biblical theology in 1987.

He transferred to the United States of America, in the Chaldean eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit, where from 1987 to 2000 he served in the parish of St. Paul, North Hollywood, California; from 2000 to 2002 he was deputy priest of St. Joseph, Troy, Michigan; then, until 2006, he was pastor of the same parish and then parish priest of St. George in Township, Michigan, until 2015.

In 2009, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his priestly ordination, he received the title of chorbishop.

On 15 January 2015, the Holy Father Francis appointed him as bishop of the eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans, Canada, and he was ordained on 6 February 2015.

He speaks Chaldean, Arabic, Italian and English, and knows Assyrian, Kurdish, French, German, and among the ancient languages, Latin, Hebrew and Greek.


Teachings of Christ

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’

Elder Macarius of Optina