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

Curia of the Eparchial Bishop

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Protrosyncellus

  • The Protosyncellus is to be a priest of good character and above reproach, appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Eparchial Bishop.
  • The Protosyncellus is endowed with the ordinary vicarious powers of the Eparchial Bishop and exercises executive power throughout the Eparchy except in those matters reserved by the Eparchial Bishop to himself.
  • It is the primary responsibility of the Protosyncellus to execute the policies established by the Eparchial Bishop.
  • The Protosyncellus is to oversee operations of the pastoral offices and commissions of the Eparchy.
  • To care for the priests of the Eparchy, especially those enduring any difficulties. To work closely with the Advisor for Priests regarding the following:
    • clergy assignments;
    • retirement;
    • leaves of absence;
    • personal difficulties experienced by the clergy.
  • Prepare the annual clergy meetings.

Chancellor

  • The Chancellor is a priest or deacon of good character and above reproach, appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Eparchial Bishop.
  • With regard to the acts of the Eparchial Curia, it is the responsibility of the Chancellor to:
    • Ensure that the acts of the Eparchial Curia are gathered and arranged;
    • See that the acts of the Eparchial Curia are preserved in the archives;
    • Exercise, along with the Eparchial Bishop and the Protosyncellus, the care, custody and control of and access to the archives of the Eparchial Curia in accord with the norm of law;
    • Supervise the annual purging of the procedural acts for inflicting penalties in matters of morals as provided by CCEO c. 259 §2;
  • As the Notary of the Eparchial Curia the Chancellor is to:
    • authenticate the acts of the Eparchial Curia;
    • write the acts and documents relating to decrees, depositions, obligations or other tasks required of him;
    • put into writing faithfully those things which are done, and to sign the acts of these matters with a notation of the place, day, month, and year;
    • furnish acts or documents to anyone legitimately requesting them, subject to all requirements of law, and to declare copies of such acts or documents to be true and accurate copies of the originals;
    • discharge such other functions and to perform such other duties as may be required of him.
  • The Chancellor is to be responsible for the over-all operation of the Eparchial Curia, including, but not restricted to:
    • prepare job descriptions for all lay employees;
    • hire, supervise and evaluate the performance of all lay employees and, if it becomes necessary, to terminate the employment of lay employees.
    • set, in consultation with the Eparchial Bishop and the Protosyncellus, the hours of operation of the Eparchial Curia and the hours and days of employment of the lay employees of the Eparchial Curia;
    • see to the proper execution of orders, decrees, directives and policies as the Eparchial Bishop may determine;
    • be responsible for the procurement of such stationery, postage, and other supplies needed for the operation of the Eparchial Curia.
  • If there is no Vice Chancellor, the Chancellor is to fulfill all of the responsibilities described below pertaining to the Vice-Chancellor.

Vice Chancellor

  • The Vice Chancellor is a priest, deacon or lay person of good character and above reproach, appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Eparchial Bishop.
  • The Vice Chancellor is responsible for general supervision and administration of the following:
    • Medical/Disability/Life Insurance program;
    • Retirement program for priests;
    • Property, automobile and casualty insurance;
    • Serving as a member of the Priests Benefits Board.
  • Serving as the delegate of the Eparchial Bishop to decide the following matters:
    • petitions for Matrimonial permissions and dispensations, including delegation to bless marriages;
    • petitions for administrative declarations of nullity due to lack of canonical form (Defect of Form cases);
    • petitions for Radical Sanations;
    • petitions for bi-ritual faculties;
    • petitions for transfers of ascription from or to the Maronite Church;
    • Tribunal correspondence;
  • The Vice Chancellor is to serve as a Notary of the Eparchial Curia to:
    • authenticate acts of the Eparchial Curia;
    • write the acts and documents relating to decrees, depositions, obligations or other tasks of him required;
    • faithfully put into writing those things which are done, and to sign the acts of these matters with a notation of the place, day, month and year;
    • furnish acts or documents to anyone legitimately requesting them, subject to all requirements of law, and to declare copies of such acts or documents to be true and accurate copies of the originals;
  • The Vice Chancellor is to discharge any or all of the functions of the Chancellor when the Chancellor is absent or impeded, or when the office of the Chancellor is vacant.
  • The Vice Chancellor is to discharge such other functions and to perform such other duties as may be required of him/her.

Eparchial Fiscal Officer

  • The Eparchial Fiscal Officer is a member of the Christian faithful, endowed with the proper expertise and above reproach, appointed by the Eparchial Bishop after consultation with the College of Consultors and Eparchial Stewardship Council and can be removed only for a serious reason and after consultation with the same bodies.
  • The Eparchial Fiscal Officer is a member of the Eparchial Stewardship Council.
  • The Eparchial Fiscal Officer is:
    • To prepare a budget for the Eparchial Curia;
    • To serve as a liaison with the Certified Public Accountant and provide any information and documentation requested;
    • To oversee all financial operations of the Eparchial Curia;
    • To review all annual reports submitted by the parishes;
    • To advise the Eparchial Bishop with regard to all property and construction matters in the Eparchy.
  • If there is no Eparchial Fiscal Officer, this duty can be performed by the Chancellor or Protosyncellus.

Protopresbyteral Regions

  • The Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles is divided into four Protopresbyteral Regions:
    • The Southwest Region is comprised of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Oregon.
    • The Southern Region is comprised of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
    • The Midwest Region is comprised of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and west Virginia.
    • The MidAmerica Region is comprised of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas.
    • A future Northwest Region will be established by the Eparchial Bishop to be comprised of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska as the need arises. Until that time, this is placed into the Southwest Region.
  • All parishes, missions, communities and institutions located within the confines of the geographical district are part of that same district.

Protopresbyters

  • In conformity with CCEO c. 277 §1, the Eparchial Bishop will solicit from all pastors and parochial vicars of the Eparchy their opinion regarding the appointment of protopresbyters. After reviewing the ballots, the Eparchial Bishop will appoint a Protopresbyter for each region along with an Alternate Protopresbyter.
  • The term of office for the Protopresbyter and the Alternate Protopresbyter is four (4) years. If the Protopresbyter is transferred to an office outsider of his region, becomes unable to carry out his responsibilities, or is removed from office, the Alternate Protopresbyter will complete the four-year term.

Role of Protopresbyters

  • The Protopresbyter shall establish a relationship of caring and trust with the clergy (priests [both active and retired], deacons, subdeacons) in the region. Clerics who are experiencing personal or professional difficulties are to be of special concern to the Protopresbyter.
  • The clergy of the region should meet on a periodic basis (but at least once a year) to discuss issues of common concern, to deepen their understanding of the sacred sciences and pastoral affairs, to participate in spiritual retreats (at least three days in length), and to socialize. As members of the Presbyteral College of the Eparchy, continuing education and self-improvement is always beneficial.
  • The advice of the Protopresbyter will be solicited regarding the appointment of clergy.
    • In the case of the death of a cleric, the Protopresbyter will assist in the funeral preparations and see to it that personal property of the cleric is kept distinct from any property pertaining to the Church.
    • The Protopresbyter will contact all clergy in the region in a timely manner regarding the death of a cleric or an immediate family member of a cleric.
    • The Protopresbyter is to coordinate and promote the pastoral activity of the region.
    • The Protopresbyter is to Cooperate with the National Apostolate of Maronites, the Order of Saint Sharbel, Office of Vocations, and the Maronite Youth Organization within the region and on the parochial level.
    • The Protopresbyter is to encourage communication among the parishes and promote all local celebrations and activities.
  • The Protopresbyter is to see that the Divine Liturgy and all aspects of divine worship are conducted in conformity with the approved liturgical texts. He is also to see that the church and sacred furnishings are constructed and maintained in conformity with canon law. Of primary concern is the proper custody of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • The Protopresbyter should visit the parish at least once every two years. He should meet with the clergy and parish councils, inspect the parish facilities, and review the financial and ecclesiastical records. During these visits, the Protopresbyter is authorized to correct any grave infractions. A report o the visit is to be submitted to the Eparchial Bishop.
  • The advice of the Protopresbyter may be solicited regarding the purchase/sale of property or any construction projects in the region.
  • The Protopresbyter will serve as an ex officio member of the Presbyteral Council.
    • If the Protopresbyter is no longer in the region because of a transfer, he shall retain his position on the Presbyteral Council until the expiration of his four (4) year term.
    • If the Protopresbyter becomes unable to serve or loses office for a reason other than transfer from the region, the Alternate Protopresbyter will fulfill his responsibilities in the region and also serve ex officio as a member of the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors until the expiration of the term of the original Protopresbyter.
    • If the Protopresbyter is unable to carry out a specific task or responsibility, the Alternate Protopresbyter will be called upon to fulfill that responsibility.
    • The Protopresbyter will serve as an ex officio member of the College of Consultors.
    • If the Protopresbyter loses the office of protopresbyter because of a transfer to another region in the Eparchy, he shall retain his position on the College of Consultors until the expiration of his term.
  • Any legitimate expenses of the Protopresbyter or the Alternate Protopresbyter are the joint responsibility of all parishes in the region.

Curia of the Bishop

Protosyncellus

  • Chorbishop Faouzi Elia

Chancellor

  • Chorbishop Faouzi Elia

Vice Chancellor

  • Mary Denny

Eparchial Fiscal Officer

  • Mary Denny

Protopresbyters

  • Chorbishop Michael Kail, Midwestern Region
  • Chorbishop Richard Saad, Southern Region
  • Msgr. sharbel Maroun, Mid-American Region
  • Rev. Abdallah Zaidan, MLM, Western Region

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