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World Wide Monasteries - Archeparchy of Petra & Philadelphia

St. George Cathedral - Oum Al Sumak 


After the Council of Nicaea in 325, Christianity developed in Palestine, and in 358 there were already many churches, at the moment when the region was divided into three: Palestine First around Jerusalem; Second Palestine around Scythopolis, corresponding to today's Galilee; Third Palestine around Petra and Philadelphia corresponding to the present Transjordan.


Until the beginning of the 20th century, due to the still troubled situation in the region, Palestine Third (Jordan today) remained attached, in its northern part to Galilee, and in the rest of the country to the Hauran eparchy and That of Jerusalem.


The autonomous Archeparchy of Petra, Philadelphia and all of Transjordan was re-established on 2 May 1932. The Jordanian territory has an area of about 89,000 square kilometers. The population, which dates back to very different origins, was gradually unified by Arabic language and culture.


The resources of the country are, in the cultivable band, wheat, barley, wines, olive oil, and in its subsoil phosphate exported to Europe and several countries of the Far East.


List of Archbishops:

1932-1948       Paul Selman

 1948-1970       Michel Assaf

 1970-1992       Saba Youakim

 1992-2007       S.E. Mgr Georges el Murr.

 2007-2015       S.E. Mgr Yasser el Ayyash

2015 -  …         Elie Haddad (Patriarchal Administrator)


General Statistics

Approximate number of inhabitants: 5,500,000, the vast majority of whom are Muslim


Approximate number of Christians: 300,000 of whom the majority is Orthodox


Number of Greek-Melkite Catholic faithful: 31,000


Number of eparchial priests: 23 (7 bachelors and 16 married, including 5 retired).


Number of nuns serving the Archeparchy: 24


Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy

St. Georges Cathedral

Oum Al-Sumak

B.P. 2435

Amman 11181


Tel/Fax: +962-6-586-6673


H.E. Archbishop Elie B. Haddad – Patriarchal Administrator of Petra and Philadelphia