By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Maronite Catholics and their supporters will gather for the Fourth Annual Benefit Dinner for the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn to raise funds for men studying for the priesthood. The dinner will take place on Nov. 21 at the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, at 1011 First Ave. in Manhattan.
The Eparchy of Saint Maron is made up of 43 parishes, a seminary, a convent and a monastery in 16 states located all along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. The eparchy operates directly under the jurisdiction of Pope Francis. The chancery office is located at 109 Remsen St.
Over 200 guests are expected at the Nov. 21 event, which will begin with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. The dinner follows at 7:30.
Proceeds from the dinner will be used to educate seminarians, support poorer parishes and missions, make structural repairs to the cathedral and assist retired priests.
“I invite all of the faithful of the Eparchy, and every person of good will, to attend or support this year’s benefit dinner in Manhattan,” said Bishop Gregory John Mansour, spiritual leader of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn.
Individual tickets are available for $250. Table sponsorships are available starting at $5,000.
The dinner will honor Dr. Hamid Mouallem, an internist on Central Park South and his wife, Leila. The Mouallems are faithful and devoted members of the Maronite community, according to the event’s organizers.