Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination.
Following his ordination on 25 May in 2013 as Maronite Bishop of Australia by His Beatitude and Eminence Mar Bechara Boutros Cardinal Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Bishop Tarabay wholeheartedly embraced his role as a leader and servant, under his chosen motto of “Faithfulness and Openness”.
Over the past decade, Bishop Tarabay has dedicated his efforts to strengthening the Maronite community in Australia and expanding the Eparchy to effectively serve its faithful. Today, we celebrate his service and leadership.
Let us today continue to pray for our Bishop, who humbly requests you pray for the Holy Spirit’s inspiration as he continues to serve the Maronite Church in this land.
To celebrate this occasion, the Maronite Eparchy held a Thanksgiving Mass at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral on 26 May.
The Mass was concelebrated with seven of the 20 priests he has ordained in past ten years and was attended by Bishop Tarabay’s family including his mother Mrs Maria Tarabay, His Grace Archbishop Robert Rabbat, Eparch of the Melkite Eparchy of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania and President of the Australian Middle Eastern Churches, His Eminence His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios Kodseie, Eparch of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania and Reverend Monsignor Basil Sousanian, Head of the Armenian Catholic Church in Australia and Reverend Monsignor Marcelino Youssef, Vicar General of the Maronite Eparchy of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
Also present were Superiors of Maronite religious orders in Australia, Clergy from across the Eparchy, Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family, representatives of Maronite organisations and faithful from Maronite Parishes across the State.
In his homily during the Mass, Bishop Tarabay said, “It is because of the love that emanates from each one of you that we continue to grow as a community, united in our shared mission to proclaim the Good News and to live out the Gospel in our daily lives.”
We wish our Bishop many more years in the service of God.
May the Holy Spirit guide, enlighten and strengthen him in his ministry.
May our lord Jesus Christ give him good health, joy and peace.