Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles

Address: 1021 S. 10th St., St. Louis, MO 63104
Tel.: 314.231.1021
Fax.: 314.231.1418

Mission Statement:

The Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles is that portion of God’s People entrusted to the pastoral care of the Bishop with the cooperation of the Presbyterate. The People of God are gathered by and around the Bishop in the Holy Spirit through the Gospel and the Eucharist. The Eparchy is a part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. Under the loving patronage of Our Lady of Lebanon, the Eparchy accepts its mission:

To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To collaborate in unity and in faith with the Maronite Church under the guidance of the Maronite Patriarch and in communion with the Holy Father.
To preserve and strengthen Maronite parishes and missions and to establish new missions within its jurisdiction.
To promote an understanding of the Maronite Church among its sister Catholic Churches in the United States.
To serve as a bridge between East and West, working tirelessly for the full union of the Church.
To respect and speak out for the dignity of human life while denouncing injustice and violations of human rights and the dignity of the human person.

Celebrate Your Maronite Faith and Heritage at the 51st Annual Maronite Convention


July 2-6, 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


This summer from July 2-6, 2014, immerse yourself in your rich Maronite faith by joining together with hundreds of other Maronites from around the country in Pittsburgh, America’s Most Livable City, for the 51st Annual Maronite Convention.  This year’s gathering is hosted by Our Lady of Victory Maronite Church.  With the theme “Walking by Faith, Not by Sight” the convention promises to deepen your faith through workshops, music, prayer, catechesis, religious education, and fellowship with others.  Don’t miss it!  Below are some highlights:


On Wednesday, July 2, you will be welcomed to town with a Jazz Night featuring the Soiree Band, a Pittsburgh-based horn band that prides itself in the versatility of its live performances at some of the city’s finest eateries. On Thursday, July 3, a special workshop about the music of the Maronite Liturgy will be presented in the afternoon by Fr. Geoffrey Abdallah.  In the evening, entertainment will include an evangelical and classical concert performed by Gina Morgano, a parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, and a performance by Lebanese singing sensation Nicolas El-Osta and pianist Fadi Abi-Hashim.


On Friday, July 4, our nation’s Independence Day, Samir Edmond & Band will perform a “Touch of Lebanon” in the evening to celebrate our own rich musical and cultural heritage that has become part of America’s rich cultural diversity.  During the day, three workshops will be held, including Dr. Anne Borik’s “Prayer in Motion – Eat Healthy, Be Happy, Live Holy,” and an all-day seminar on catechesis and religious education.  Fr. Tony Khawli will also share his personal journey during his presentation, “Homecoming.”


On Saturday, July 5, a morning workshop on the life of St. Rafka and the history of her religious order will be presented by Mother Marta Bassil and Sister Lea, followed by a panel discussion about developments in the Middle East and their impact on Lebanon and Syria, moderated by Chorbishop Seely Beggiani and Bishop Elias Zaidan.  The Grand Banquet will be held that evening, with entertainment once again from Nicolas El-Osta and an evening of dinner and dancing. The convention schedule allows plenty of time for exciting excursions to local sites, a tour of Our Lady of Victory, and just enjoying the city’s majestic three rivers and thriving cultural district.


The annual Maronite convention is proudly sponsored by the National Apostolate of Maronites, or “NAM.”  NAM is the official lay apostolate of the Maronite Church of the USA. The only lay apostolate of its kind in the Maronite World, it was established in 1964 and has held a national convention every year since. NAM was established before the presence of a Maronite Bishop or diocese in the USA to help unify and organize the Maronite faithful in order to petition Rome for a Maronite Bishop. Since 1966, NAM has served the then Diocese of St. Maron and now serves both our Maronite Eparchies and our Eparchial bishops.

NAM's mission is two-fold: Unite and Preserve. NAM serves as a uniting "umbrella" for the Maronites spread all over the country.  NAM helps to preserve the beautiful and rich traditions of the Syriac Antiochene Maronite Church handed on to us by St. Maron and his descendants. Through its many
programs, the apostolate helps nurture interest in our spiritual, cultural and ethnic roots. For many, NAM's most important events are its national and regional conventions, where the Maronite Faithful are gathered along with our bishops and clergy for spiritual renewal, educational growth and social and ethnic fellowship. 


REGISTER TODAY!  For more information and to register, visit the NAM website at See you in Pittsburgh!


Our New Bishop Abdallah E. Zaidan, M.L.M. - Curriculum Vitae


July 10, 2013:

Nominated Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, U.S.A. by Pope Francis


Born in Kseibe, Lebanon in 1963


Joined the Congregation of Maronite Lebanese Missionaries and was ordained to the priesthood on July 20, 1986


License in Theology (1986), Philosophy (1987), Masters in Education (1990) Pursued Doctoral Studies in Education at Pepperdine University



July 1986 - September 1988:   

Assistant Rector of Minor Seminary of the Congregation of Maronite Lebanese Missionaries


Chaplain of Lay Apostolic Marianist Movement & Young Catholic Students


Retreat Master for various ages and parishes

October 1986 - September 1988:

Religious Education teacher in Catholic schools



September 1988 - January 1990:

Assistant Rector at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn, N.Y. while studying for Master’s Degree at St. John’s University

January 1990 - August 1994:

Pastor of St. George Maronite Church, San Antonio, Texas


Contributed to the establishment of Maronite missions in Dallas and Houston

August 1992 - Present:

Regional Superior of Maronite Lebanese Missionaries in the United States

September 1994 - Present:

Rector of Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA


College of Consultors


Member of the Presbyteral Council


Protopresbyter for the Southwest and Northwest Regions of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles

1996 - Present:

Chairman, Commission for Lebanon

March 1998 - June 2001:

Helped establish St. Jude Mission in San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County

2001 - Present:

Tele-Lumiere International Board member


Coordinator, Eparchial Marriage Tribunal


Board of Pastors, Personnel Board

2003 - Present:

Member of Eparchial Sexual Abuse Board

2004 - Present:

Maronite Voice, Eparchial Newsletter-Consultor


Catholic Schools Assistance Fund -Treasurer



2009 - Present:

Project Roots-Director

2009 - Present:

Inter-Eparchial History Committee

2010 - Present:

Helping in the establishment of Sts. Peter and Paul Mission in San Fernando Valley-Los Angeles County

2011 - Present:

Eparchial Stewardship Office-Supervisor

2011 - Present:

Vicar for Clergy

Other Activities


2003 - 2005:

Participated as a delegate and a special expert in the Maronite Patriarchal Synod

October 2006:

Participated as a member in the Encounter for the Eastern Churches in the USA in Chicago, IL

October 2010:

Participated as a translator at the Synod for the Christians of the Middle East at the Vatican

Announcement of Rev. Zaidan's Election to the Episcopacy

A Letter from His Excellency Robert Shaheen, Bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles

July 10, 2013

Dear People of God,

His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted my resignation and appointed as my successor the Reverend Abdallah Zaidan, MLM, Rector of Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Maronite Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA.

Rev. Zaidan's appointment was released to the press on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at noon Rome time (6:00 a.m. Eastern Time). The details of his ordination, which will take place in Lebanon, will be released soon. The Newly-Ordained Bishop will be installed in St. Louis, our Eparchial headquarters. More information will follow as soon as I return from the Maronite Convention.

We thank the Holy Father and our Patriarch for their blessings. Please pray for me as well as our new bishop.

Sincerely yours,

Bishop Robert J. Shaheen

Knights of St. Gregory

Knights of the St. Gregory
From left to right: Sir George Simon, Sir Daniel Abodeely, MD, Sir Isam Hawatmeh, MD, Sir Maged Haikal, MD. Installed at Saint Raymond's Maronite Cathedral on Sunday Feb. 13, 2012, at the 10a.m. Divine Liturgy. All recipients are long time parishioners of St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral, and are faithful members of the Maronite Church.

The Clergy of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon on Retreat - January 2012

Clergy of the Maronite Eparchy of our Lady of Lebanon on Retreat - January 2012

Mar Bechara Peter Rai in St. Louis, MO

His Beatitude's Historical Visil to his Maronite Flock in the United States of America
His Beatitude's Historical Visil to his Maronite Flock in the United States of America

Maronite Parishes In the United States