Theology on Tap with Rev. Fr. John A. Mefrige
Where: Smoke BBQ Restaurant - 1170 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX
Gather to hear a dynamic presentation and Q&A on relevant Catholic topics and issues in an informal setting.
Theology on Tap: October 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
7:00 PM at Smoke BBQ Restaurant
(1170 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205 -- Directions)
Presenter: Rev. Fr. John A. Mefrige, MDiv, MS, MFT
Topic: Unity and Diversity in the Catholic Church
About the Topic: Rev. Fr. John A. Mefrige, MDiv, MS, MFT, is a dynamic local Melkite Catholic Priest who will be discussing the nature of the Catholic Church from the perspective if its unity in diversity. The Melkite Church is an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See and part of the worldwide Catholic Church. Melkites trace their history to the early Christians of Antioch, formerly part of Syria and now in Turkey, of the 1st century AD. It was in Antioch, where Christianity was introduced by Saint Peter and where the Disciples were first called Christians. Fr John will be discussing Eastern-Rite Catholic history and traditions such as their ad orientem worship, infant communion and the married priesthood. All are invited!
About the Presenter: Fr. John is Canadian born of Syrian and Lebanese descent, a naturalized American and a permanent resident of San Antonio, TX. Originally from Montreal, Québec, he was raised in the Eastern Orthodox Church and is an active priest in the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton.
Fr. John has both Theological and Psychological education, holding both a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div) from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (‘98) and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MS MFT) from Fuller Theological Seminary (’01) and is pursuing his doctorate. Fr. John has served various parishes in a priestly capacity and also has practiced as a professional Marriage and Family Therapist in California.
Fr. John has extensive intercultural experience having worked in a number of Latin American countries in both the development and educational fields. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Greek. He has experience in the mission field in Peru and also worked as a secondary school teacher in Torreón, Mexico. Recently he established one of the largest Syrian Refugee sponsorship and placement programs in Montreal, co-funded by the Canadian Red Cross.
Presently he serves as the Senior Chaplain and general Coordinator for the Chaplaincy program in the San Antonio Police Department and has been tasked with an outreach ministry of the Eparchy of Newton to gather Byzantine and Melkite Catholics in the greater San Antonio area serving weekly Liturgy at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church; 2127 S Zarzamora St, San Antonio, TX 78207.
Fr. John is happily married to his loving wife Janet (Turkmany) for 18 years and they have three daughters; Cassiana (16), Emmanuelle (13) Marina (10) and one son, Andrew (9).