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Sixth Annual Benefit Dinner
For the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn Honors Monir and Hayat Barakat, Raises Needed Funds.

 O ver 250 people gathered o n October 13 at the New York Athletic Club for the Sixth Annual Benefit Dinner for the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. It was a memorable evening, featuring Monir and Hayat Barakat , faithful and devoted members of the Maronite community in the New York area, who were honored. O ther special highlights of the evening included:

  • It was the largest Benefit Dinner for the Eparchy since the 2011 Dinner that featured Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai.
  • The honoring of Monir and Hayat Barakat featured a video, civic proclamation, several greetings, a film, an introduction from their children, and a gift from Bishop Gregory Mansour. Hayat Barakat gave a heartfelt acceptance speech, followed by a few brief but humorous words from Monir Barakat.
  • Parishioners and friends from parishes in Sleepy Hollow, Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey attended. Many attendees traveled from great distances, including from Pennsylvania, Florida, and other places.
  • The event featured many special touches, including desserts and colorful centerpieces from Lina Abdo, several rousing pieces from tenor Amine Hachem, an inspirational speech from Dr. Josyann Abisaab, and a beautiful icon gift from Bishop Gregory to all attendees that pictured five Maronite saints.

The preliminary financial report shows that the Benefit Dinner raised over $130,000 after expenses for the Eparchy. The p roceeds will be used to educate Seminarians, support poorer parishes and missions, and assist retired priests. T he Eparchy is still accepting donations through November 10 for the Dinner. To make a donation, go to , or mail a check to Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn , 109 Remsen Street , Brooklyn, NY 1 1201 .

People are already looking forward to next Fall’s Benefit Dinner, which will include a special tribute for the Eparchy’s Golden Anniversary.

Photos from the event can be found online at


Schedule of Bishop Gregory J. Mansour

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April - May 2015

February - March 2015

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December 2014 - January 2015


Fifth Annual Benefit Dinner For the Eparchy of Saint Maron of BrooklynProvides a Success; Claire Habib Honored by Community

Pictures from the Fifth Annual Benefit Dinner for the Eparchy can be found here

Post Benefit Dinner Press Release

Maronite Catholics and friends from New York and beyond gathered on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Archdiocese of New York Building for the Fifth Annual Benefit Dinner for the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. The event raised funds for the Eparchy and featured a beautiful ceremony honoring Claire Habib. Over 180 guests attended.

Proceeds from the Benefit Dinner will be used to educate Seminarians, support poorer parishes, make structural repairs to the Cathedral and assist retired priests.

A special feature of this year’s Benefit Dinner was that it honored Claire Habib, who is a faithful and devoted member of the Maronite community in the New York area. Bishop Mansour presented the Claire with a beautiful picture of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral in Brooklyn.

Donations in connection with the Benefit Dinner are being accepted through December 15 and may be made online or mailed to the Eparchy’s offices at 109 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Bishop Gregory stated “I invite all members of the faithful throughout the Eparchy to support this Benefit Dinner and the good works it will do.”

The Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn comprises 43 parishes, a Seminary, a Convent, a Monastery and the Maronite faithful in 16 states located along the East Coast of the United States from Maine to Florida. It is directly under the jurisdiction of Pope Francis.

Further information may be found by emailing

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Eparchy of Saint Maron
109 Remsen Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
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