By Anita Bourdin

The Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church of Antioch of the Maronites accepted the resignation to the pastoral government of the Arch-Eparchy of Tyr of the Maronites, tendered by Monsignor Nabil Hage, announced the Vatican on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

The same Synod elected Monsignor Charbel Abdallah to the Arch-Eparchial See of Tyr of the Maronites (Lebanon), an election to which Pope Francis gave his consent.

Monsignor Charbel Abdallah was born on February 17, 1967 at Hajjeh in the Eparchy of Tyr, Lebanon.

He entered the Seminary and studied at the University of the Holy Spirit of Kaslik, obtaining a Licentiate in Theology in 1992. Then, at the Lebanese University he obtained a Licentiate in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Theology with a Liturgical orientation at Strasbourg, France, in 2003.

He received priestly Ordination on October 24, 1992 and was incardinated in the Eparchy of Tyr.

Appointed parish priest of Saint Joseph’s parish of Hajjeh and of Saint Joseph’s of Kfarwa in 1992, beginning in 1994 and for two years he was also in charge of the General Secretariat of the Eparchy and, up to 1998, head of the local Caritas. From 1997-1999 he was the Spiritual Director in the Patriarchal Seminary of Ghazir.

Beginning in 1999 — during his stay in France for his studies — he was, for four years, Deputy Parish priest at Notre Dame of the Lebanon in Paris and then at Notre Dame of Auteuil.

On returning to his country of birth in 2003, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar for pastoral care and parish priest of the parish of Notre Dame of the Seas at Tyr. Since 2010 he has been Proto-Syncelle (name of Vicars and Bishops of the Patriarchate, ndlr) of the Eparchy of Tyr.

In addition to Arabic, he speaks French and understands English.

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