Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn
Biographical Highlights of His Excellency,
The Most Reverend Gregory John Mansour
Bishop Gregory John Mansour was born in Flint, Michigan, the eldest of six children of George and Gloria (Farhat) Mansour. His ancestors trace their heritage from Ehden, Tibneen, and Damour in Lebanon, from Nazareth in Palestine (now Israel), and from Damascus, Syria.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from Western Michigan University in 1977. He entered Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary in Washington, D.C. later that year and in 1981 received a Degree in Theological Studies (STB) from Catholic University of America. On September 18, 1982 he was ordained to the Priesthood. After studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, he completed his Degree in Spiritual Theology (STL) in 1983.
In 1983 he became Pastor of Saint George Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. In 1994 a second Maronite Eparchy, Our Lady of Lebanon, was established in the United States. The Bishop, John Chedid, asked him to serve as the Vicar General, Chancellor and Financial Officer of the new Eparchy located in Los Angeles, California. During that time, between 1998 and 2001, he attended U.C.L.A. as a graduate student in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures program with special emphasis on Islamic Studies.
At the request of Bishop Robert Shaheen, in March of 2001, he relocated to St. Louis, Missouri remaining in his post as Vicar General and assuming the additional role as Rector of Saint Raymond Cathedral. He also taught Spiritual Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary 2002 and 2003.
In January 2004, Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. Bishop Gregory was ordained in Lebanon by Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Cardinal Sfeir on March 2, 2004.
He currently serves on three committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Pro Life, Catechesis, and Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Dialogue. He serves as the Secretary for Christian Arab and Middle Eastern Churches Together (CAMECT). He is also a member of the Maronite Synod of Bishops that meets every year in Lebanon.
The Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn was established in 1966, the first and founding bishop was Archbishop Francis M. Zayek, followed by Bishop Stephen Hector Doueihi and now Bishop Gregory. The Eparchy consists of sixteen states on the Eastern coast of the United States. There are seventy priests, twenty five deacons and subdeacons, a community of contemplative monks, the beginning of a community of religious women, a Seminary and forty parishes and missions. For more information visit www.stmaron.org.