Welcome to the Official Website of the Order of Saint Sharbel

The Order provides financial support to seminarians of the Maronite Church in the United States.  The Maronite Church is an Eastern Catholic Church which is in union with the Holy Father in Rome.  The Maronite Church in the United States is divided into two eparchies (dioceses), the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn (the eastern U.S.) and the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles (western).  Our seminarians study at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary in Washington, D.C. (www.maroniteseminary.org).   The seminary celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, and continues to play a vital role in the education of our priests for the 21st century.


While we trust in Divine Providence to provide for our needs, we realize that the financial support for our seminarians comes from the generosity of our laity.  We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting our seminarians by becoming a member of the Order of Saint Sharbel.


ordination of Bishop Zaidan

Patriarch Rai ordains the Reverend Abdallah Zaidan as a Bishop. Rev. Hani Mattar, Patriarchal Liturgical Master of Ceremonies (left) and Bishop Robert Shaheen assisted. Photo is courtesy of www.bkerke.org.lb.


Bishop Gregory with Pope Benidict

Bishop Gregory Mansour with Pope Benedict XVI



The Order of Saint Sharbel was named for Sharbel Makhluf (1828-98), who was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1977.  Saint Sharbel was a priest of the Maronite Church in Lebanon who, following the example of Saint Maron for whom the Church is named, lived as a hermit from 1875 until his death.  His life of holiness and dedication to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ make him an outstanding role model for priests.


Seminarian Education Endowment Challenge 2013:

Make your money go twice as far!

Catholic Extension Society is offering to match donations to the Order of Saint Sharbel Endowment in 2013 at a 50% rate, up to $100,000. (www.catholicextension.org). 

Visit our membership page to sign up. For information, call John Kurey at (718) 237-9913 or (314) 231-1021.


Our Lady of Lebanon Seminary

Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary in Washington, D.C.