Greek-Melkite Territory Dependent on the Patriarch of Egypt, Sudan and South Sudan

The Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Alexandria (or Alexandria of the Melkites) (in Latin: Archeparchy Alexandrina Melchitarum) is a branch of the Melkite Catholic Church immediately subject to the Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch is his capacity as Melkite Catholic Titular Patriarch of Alexandria. In 2012 there were 6,200 baptized. It is currently governed by the patriarchal vicar Georges Bakar.

Patriarchal Archeparchy of Alexandria (Melkite Greek)

Archeparchy Alexandrina Melchitarum
CountryEgypt, Sudan and South Sudan
Ecclesiastical provincePatriarchate of Antioch
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
DenominationMelkite Greek Catholic Church
RiteByzantine Rite
CathedralDormition of Mary Cathedral
Current leadership
PatriarchYoussef Absi
EparchGeorges Bakar

Territory and statistics

The archeparchy extends to the faithful Melkites of Egypt and Sudan and the Archeparchial seat is the city of Alexandria, where is the Dormition of Mary Cathedral. The territory is divided into 13 parishes.[1] The number of the faithful, who in 1940 ascended to 35,000, is much diminished, having 6,200 Melkite Catholics in 2010.


In 1772, as remembered by the Orientalium Dignitas of Pope Leo XIII, the Patriarch of Antioch became "administrator of Alexandria" for the Melkites in Egypt, and in 1838, the Melkite Patriarch assumes the title of Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Alexandria and Jerusalem (bing titular Patriarch of both latter sees).

As the seat of its patriarch, the archeparchy is governed by a patriarchal vicar,[2] who governs on behalf of the Patriarch, which depends on the venue.

Patriarchal Vicars of Alexandria

  • Thomas Qoyoumgi, B.S. (1835 - 1836)(later Superior General of the Basilian in 1846)
  • Basil Kfoury (1837 - died April 5, 1859)
  • Augustin Fattal, B. A. (1859 - 1864)
  • Ambroise Basile Abdo (1864 - November 15, 1866 appointed prefect of Zahleh and Furzol)
  • Joannitius Massamiri (1866 - 1870)
  • Augustin Fattal, B. A. (1870 - 1876) (for the second time)
  • Thomas Mazloum (1876 - 1879)
  • Athanasios Nasser (1879 - October 24, 1902 deceased)
  • Pierre-Macario Saba (November 29, 1903 - June 25, 1919 appointed Archeparch of Aleppo of the Melkites)
  • Etienne Soukkarie (April 25, 1920 - November 25, 1921 deceased)
  • Anthony Farage (1 January 1922 to 1928 resigned)
  • Dionysios Kfoury, B.S. (1932 - 1954 resigned)
  • Elias Zoghby (September 2, 1954 - September 9, 1968 appointed Archeparch of Baalbek of the Melkites)
  • Paul Antaki (9 September 1968 - June 22, 2001 resigned)
  • Joseph Jules Zerey (22 June 2001 - June 4, 2008 appointed Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem of the Melkites)
  • Georges Bakar, (from June 4, 2008)


  1. [Così Giga Catholic. La scheda dell'arcieparchia dal sito ufficiale del Patriarcato riferisce che la cattedrale è la chiesa della Resurrezione al Cairo.]

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