Elias Khalil

Bishop-elect Peter Karam

Elias Khalil
Bishop-elect Peter Karam

By Bishop Zaidan

Dear Monsignors/Fathers, Deacons, Brothers and Sisters,

I am pleased to announce to you the election of Bishop-Elect Peter Karam as Patriarchal Vicar by the Maronite Synod of Bishops with title of Titular Bishop of Acre of Phoenicia of the Maronites. The date of his episcopal ordination will be announced at a later date.

Bishop-elect Karam was born on September 5, 1959 in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of the late Paul Karam and the late Saada Matta. He received a Diplôme de Philosophie from the University of Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon in 1981, a Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology (STB) in 1987 and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) in 1994 from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., United States of America; he earned a PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany in 2000. He spent a number of years as a student at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Bishop-elect Karam was ordained a deacon in 1987 and ordained to the priesthood on January 2, 1988 at St. Raymond Maronite Church, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In 2014 he was elevated to the Dignity of Periodeut at St. Maron Church in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Bishop-elect Karam’s parochial assignments include:

  • Pastor of Saint Maron Church; Cleveland, Ohio 2005 – Present

  • Pastor of Saint Matthew Church (Latin Rite) and Saint Joseph Mission (Maronite Rite); Seattle, Washington 2001 – 2005

  • Pastor of Our Lady of Lebanon Church; Millbrae, California 1994 – 1996

  • Pastor of Our Lady of Lebanon Church; Millbrae, California 1989 – 1992

  • Administrator of Saint John Maron Mission; Anaheim, California 1988 – 1989


His eparchial assignments include:

  • Vicar for Clergy 2014 – Present

  • Member of the Eparchial Presbyteral Council 2014 – Present

  • Member of the Eparchial Personnel Board 2014 – Present

  • Member of the Eparchial Board of Pastors 2014 – Present 

  • Director of the Eparchial Legal Counsel Board 2014 – Present

  • Director of the Eparchial Office of Continuing Education for Clergy 2014-Present. 

  • Director of the Eparchial Office for the Protection of Minors 2002 – Present

  • Chairperson of the Eparchial Review Board 2002 – Present

  • Member of the Eparchial College of Consultors 2006 – Present

  • Member of the Eparchial Presbyteral Council 2006 – 2009

Bishop-elect Karam was also given special assignments including the Revision of the Eparchial Statutes, and authoring the “Eparchial Policies and Procedures Concerning the Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults by Clergy and Church Personnel”. He is fluent in English, Arabic, German, and French.

Bishop-elect Peter Karam is the first Maronite priest incardinated outside of Lebanon to be elected to serve as a bishop in Lebanon.

We are all deeply proud of Bishop-elect Karam as he assumes his new ministry, but also for the many years of faithful service to the Maronite Church in the United States. His election is an honor for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles. While his ministry as a bishop will be a great asset for the universal Maronite Church, he will be greatly missed in our Eparchy.

I ask you to join your prayers with mine for Bishop-elect Karam as he assumes this new responsibility in the Church.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ A. Elias Zaidan

Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles

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