Biographical Highlights of His Excellency, The Most Reverend Gregory John Mansour 2004 to Present
Gregory John Mansour was born on November 11, 1955, 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. In 1981 he received a Post Graduate Degree in Theological Studies (STB) from Catholic University of America.
On September 18, 1982 he was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop John Chedid at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Flint, Michigan. 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. Between 1987 and 1994 he was responsible for Deacons and Subdeacons in the Diocese of Saint Maron – USA.
In 1994 a second Maronite Eparchy, Our Lady of Lebanon, was established in the United States. Bishop John Chedid asked him to serve as the Vicar General, Chancellor and Financial Officer of the new Eparchy located in Los Angeles, California.
Father Mansour was elevated to Chorbishop on January 21, 1996 by Bishop John Chedid. 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.
In March, 2001, at the request of Bishop Robert Shaheen, the second Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, Chorbishop Mansour 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 in 2002 and 2003.
In January 2004, Pope John Paul II named him third Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. Bishop Mansour was ordained in Lebanon by Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Cardinal Sfeir on March 2, 2004 and was installed as Bishop in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lebanon on April 27, 2004.
Bishop Mansour has served on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Pro Life and Catechesis and Evangelization Committees. He continues to serve on the Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Dialogue.
In addition to serving as Secretary for Christian Arab and Middle Eastern Churches Together (CAMECT), he is also a member of the Board of Trustee for The Catholic University of America, Catholic Relief Services, Aid to the Church in Need, Caritas Lebanon and Telelumiere/Noursat, and is actively involved with the efforts of In Defense of Christians (IDC) to support and advocate for Christians of the Middle East.
Bishop Mansour is also an active member of the Maronite Synod of Bishops that meets every year in Lebanon.
The Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn is composed of 45 parishes and missions, a Seminary in Washington D.C., a Convent in Dartmouth, Mass, and a Monastery in Petersham, Mass. . For more information visit www.stmaron.org.