Discover the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon

The Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is an entity pertaining to the Apostolic Maronite Patriarchal Church of Antioch. The eparch, Bishop Abdallah Elias Zaidan, is a member of the Patriarchal Synod of Bishops. In conformity with the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (CCEO), the Eparchy is under the direct jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiff.


Immigration of Maronite faithful from the Middle East to the United States began during the latter part of the nineteenth century. When the faithful were able to obtain a priest, communities were established under the jurisdiction of the local Latin Bishops.

Pope Paul VI, with the Apostolic Constitution Cum supremi of January 10, 1966, established the Maronite Apostolic Exarchate for the Maronite faithful of the United States.Francis Mansour Zayek was appointed the first bishop in a decree of the Sacred Congregation for the Eastern Churches dated January 27, 1966. The See city was Detroit, Michigan, with a Cathedral under the patronage of St Maron. At that time, the Exarchate was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

On November 29, 1971, Pope Paul VI, with the Apostolic Constitution Quae spes, the Exarchate was elevated to the status of an Eparchy, with the name of Eparchy of St. Maron of Detroit. With a decree from the Sacred Congregation of the Eastern Churches dated June 27, 1977, the see of the Eparchy of St. Maron was transferred to Brooklyn, New York, with the cathedral under the patronage of Our Lady of Lebanon. The name of the Eparchy was modified to Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn. On December 10, 1982, Pope John Paul II accorded the title of “Archbishop ad personam” to Bishop Zayek as recognition of his personal contributions to the Catholic Church.

With the Apostolic Constitution Omnium Catholicorum of March 18, 1994, a second Eparchy for Maronites in the United States was established: The Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los AngelesJohn George Chedid, formerly Titular Bishop of Callinicum for the Maronites and Auxiliary of the Eparchy of St Maron, was appointed the first Eparchial Bishop with the Cathedral under the patronage ofOur Lady of Mt. Lebanon. Bishop Chedid was enthroned on June 24, 1994 by Archbishop Francis Mansour Zayek who represented the Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir. On December 5, 2000, The Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop John Chedid due to canonical age, and appointed Chorbishop Robert Joseph Shaheen as the second bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon. Bishop Shaheen was ordained and installed Eparch on February 15, 2001, by Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Sfeir in the Cathedral Basilica of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri. On July 10, 2013, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert J. Shaheen and appointed the Rev. Abdallah Elias Zaidan as the new bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, based in St. Louis, Missouri. Zaidan was ordained as a bishop on September 28, 2013, at the National Shrine of the Basilica Of Our Lady of Lebanon, Mount Harissa, Lebanon, by His Eminence and Beatitude Cardinal Bechara Peter Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and installed as bishop of the Eparchy on October 23, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo., at St. Raymonds' Cathedral.

With a decree from the Sacred Congregation of the Eastern Churches, dated July 10, 2001, the see of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon was transferred to St. Louis, Missouri, with St. Raymond elevated to the rank of Co-Cathedral.





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