- On Saturday, July 1, 2017, Friar Elias Paolo MARSWANIAN was ordained a priest in the Armenian Catholic Cathedral of St. Elias and St. Gregory the Illuminator in Beirut, Lebanon.
Coming from an Armenian-Catholic family, Friar Elias Paolo had the joy of being ordained by the imposition of the hands of His Beatitude Gregory Petros XX GABROYAN, Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia.
Those concelebrating included the Most Reverend Cesar ESSAYAN, OFM Conv., Latin Bishop of Beirut, who gave the homily; the Most Reverend Georges ASSADURIAN, Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarchal Eparchy of Beirut of the Armenians; and Conventual Franciscan friars from the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land. Also present were members of the Secular Franciscans in Zahle, (Lebanon) and many friends and family who fervently participated in the Armenian Rite of the Eucharist and the priestly ordination.
On Sunday, July 2, Friar Elias Paolo celebrated his first Mass at the friary of St. Anthony in Sin-el-Fil (Beirut).
Friar Elias Paul was born in Beirut and began his vocational journey at the Armenian Seminary in Bzommar (Lebanon). After discovering the figure of St. Francis of Assisi, he entered the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land of the Minor Friars Conventual. He studied theology at the Seraphicum International College in Rome and made his solemn profession on September 18, 2016, in Beirut.
Friar Lucian ABALINTOAIEI, OFM Conv.