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Saint Matthew
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Ceres, CA 95307
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H.E. Bishop Emanuel Shaleta


"Tend the flock of God in your midst, [overseeing] not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly." 1 Peter 5:2
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Our Bishop
H.E. Bishop Emanuel Shaleta has been appointeded by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to be the Bishop of our Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle in San Diego, California - USA in August of 2017.

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.

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