Thursday, April 18, 2013


The Holy Father has appointed F. Antoine Tarabay O.L.M. as Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Sydney of the Maronites ( Catholics 150,000, Priests 45, Permanent Deacons 1, Religious 47). 

The Bishop-Elect was born in Lebanon in 1967 and ordained Priest in 1993.He has been Superior of the Saint Charbel Convent in Sydney  and succeeds Bishop Ad Abi Karam who resigned on reaching the age limit.

Let us hope that the appointment of Bishop-elect Tarabay renders Father Peter Joseph who is familiar with both the Maronite and Roman Rites, available now for Episcopal appointment to one of the several Australian vacancies outstanding. He is a devout and scholarly yet very practical Priest of very wide experience.

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