New Maronite bishop seeks to encourage the faithful in new role

Sid Hastings
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Those attending the annual convention of the National Apostolate of Maronites in Tampa, Fla., last week had no idea that a newly named bishop was in their midst. Father Abdallah Zaidan was in his hotel room July 5 preparing for Mass when he received a call from the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., that he was being named the next eparch, or bishop, of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon. The eparchy, which relocated its headquarters from Los Angeles to St. Louis about 12 years ago, serves approximately 34,000 Maronite Catholics in 34 states.

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