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1,700 Maronite Rite Catholics visit Peoria for Feast of St. Sharbel celebration

Following Mass on July 17, Chorbishop Faouzi Elia carries the image of St. Sharbel from St. Sharbel Church in Peoria in a procession that led to the statue of the parish's patron saint for prayer and veneration. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Maronite Rite Catholics from around the world recently converged on St. Sharbel Church in Peoria to celebrate the Feast of St. Sharbel with prayer, processions, dancing and plenty of Lebanese delicacies. Chorbishop Faouzi Elia, pastor, said he was expecting as many as 1,700 visitors from Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Holland, Sweden, Germany and the Middle East, […]

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