Lombard Congregation to Break Ground Our Lady of Lebanon Will Move to New Church on Grace Street
Grondin, Kathryn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kathryn Grondin Daily Herald Staff Writer
A 50-year-old Catholic congregation will mark a milestone today: a new beginning in Lombard.
Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church will hold a Mass and groundbreaking ceremony on the site of its new home on Grace Street just north of North Avenue.
"It's a big day. Our dream came through," said the Rev. Alfred Badawi, pastor of the church.
Festivities begin at noon with a service led by the Rev. Robert J. Shaheen, bishop of the Diocese of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles. The ceremonial turning of dirt and a reception will follow.
An evening reception at The Carlisle is expected to draw several church dignitaries including Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, and the Rev. Cyril Salim Bustros, archbishop of the Diocese of Newton Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
The Maronites are Catholics of the Eastern Rite. They formed in the Middle East but maintained ties with and still follow the same doctrine as Roman Catholics. But instead of reporting directly to the pope, Maronites report to their patriarch who, in turn, reports to the pope, Badawi said. The Maronites also have their own diocese. …