deacon wissam akiki

Maronites ordain married priest

Father Wissam Akiki, a married man, was ordained a priest for the Maronite Catholic Church for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon.

Pope Francis has granted permission for a married deacon to be ordained to the priesthood for the Maronite Catholic Church for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon.

Father Wissam Akiki was ordained Feb. 27 at St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis. He is married to Manal Kassab and they have a daughter, Perla. He is the first married man to be ordained for the priesthood for the U.S. Maronite Catholic Church.

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