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WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Shaheen, 76, eparch of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, from the pastoral governance of the eparchy. He has named Father Abdallah Zaidan, 50, rector of Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Maronite Cathedral in Los Angeles to succeed him. Bishop-elect Zaidan is also a member of the Maronite Lebanon Missionaries.
The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, July 10, by Msgr. Jean-François Lantheaume, chargé d'affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature to the United States.
Abdallah Zaidan was born March 10, 1963, in Kassaibe, Lebanon. He was ordained a priest in 1986. He professed final vows as a Maronite Lebanese Missionaries in 1984.
Bishop–elect Zaidan received a license in theology from Holy Spirit University in Kaslik, Lebanon, in 1986, and a license in philosophy in 1987. He holds a master's degree in school administration from St. John's University, and pursued doctoral studies in education at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
After ordination, Bishop-elect Zaidan's assignments included assistant rector of the minor seminary of the Maronite Missionaries, 1986-1988. At the same time he was chaplain of the Lay Apostolic Marianist Movement and Young Catholic Students. From 1988-1990 he was assistant rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn, N.Y. From 1990-1994, he was pastor, St. George Maronite Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, and helped establish Maronite Missions in Dallas and Houston. Since 1994, he has been rector of the Maronite Cathedral in Los Angeles.
The Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles includes about 43,000 Catholics in 34 of the United States.
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