Rethinking Sunday School

The Problem & Practical Solutions

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"We then, are the Church, the Body of Christ, and we actualize it for the transformation of the world, transforming the world to become the body of Christ."

Bishop Nicholas Samra, Stewards of the Mysteries


Fr. François Beyrouti, Ph.D./D.Th.
Fr. François Beyrouti, Ph.D./D.Th.

Father François E. Beyrouti, Ph.D./D.Th., was ordained a priest on October 4, 1998. He has focused on building up pastoral programs and developing strong children, youth, and young adult ministries. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa and D.Th. from Saint Paul University, in Ottawa, Ontario in 2013 for his thesis on Origen of Alexandria’s Commentary on the Gospel of John, focusing on Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John. He has taught courses on Christianity in the Middle East, hermeneutics and exegesis in Eastern Christianity, the synoptic Gospels, the role of the Eastern Catholic Churches at Vatican II, and the Biblical roots of the Divine Liturgy. He has presented several papers at academic conferences and published in academic journals. He has been the pastor of Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in Placentia, CA since 2012 ( His weekly Sunday homilies are available via podcast and appear on