Father Andre Mahanna writes about new Bishop A. Elias Zaidan

The Maronite Voice reports on the installation and ordination of Bishop A. Elias Zaidan in the October, November and December 2013 issues.


"Thy Will Be Done- لتكن مشيئتك"

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.

On July 12, 2013, in St. Louis, Bishop Robert J. Shaheen introduced Bishop-Elect Zaidan to the media. Bishop-Elect Zaidan will be ordained 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. Bishop-Elect Zaidan invited all of God's people to help him celebrate this joyous event. The Bishop-Elect, whose motto is "
Thy Will Be Done- لتكن مشيئتك" then gave a statement in which he promised to reach out to strengthen the weak and encourage the faithful to move forward the message of love. He also asked for your prayers now and always. Here is a link to his entire speech.

On Sunday, September 29, 2013, the newly ordained bishop, the Most Rev. Abdallah Zaidan, will celebrate his First Mass in his home town of Kseibe, "Metn-Aala", (High Metn) and all clergy, parishioners, friends and guests are invited to the reception that will follow.  

Early this week, Sayedna Shaheen will give the date for the enthronement of the newly ordained bishop. The Enthronement Mass and Celebration will take place at the Cathedral in St Louis, Missouri, at some time in mid- or late October. After that Bishop Abdallah Elias Zaidan, will celebrate a Solemn and First Mass in his home parish, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Lebanon, in Los Angeles.

Bishop-Elect Abdallah Elias Zaidan, left, and Bishop Robert J. Shaheen are joined by priests, deacons and laity from across the globe to introduce the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon's newest bishop.


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