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CNEWA Director to Speak at Investiture Dinner

05 Sep 2003 – NEW YORK – Chorbishop John D. Faris, Undersecretary General of Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), will be the main speaker at the investiture dinner of the Eastern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The dinner will take place on Saturday, 13 September, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The event will follow a Mass of Investiture at 1:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Patrick. Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, will be the main celebrant. Concelebrants will include bishops of the Eastern Lieutenancy. Some 125 persons will be invested into the order at the Mass; 106 members will be elevated in rank.

The Eastern Lieutenancy comprises Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. There are 41 lieutenancies worldwide; nine are in the United States .

Chorbishop Faris, a Maronite priest of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn, joined CNEWA in 1996. He became a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in 2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology at the Gregorian University in Rome in 1975 and received a doctor’s degree in canon law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in 1980. Chorbishop Faris is a member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation and the United States Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation.

The Order of the Holy Sepulchre was originally founded in 1113 to secure the safety of the shrine marking Christ’s crucifixion. The modern history of the order began with the restoration of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 1848. Today, the Knights and Ladies raise funds to support the work of the church in the region and advocate for the rights of those living there.

Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA is a special agency of the Vatican providing support to the churches and peoples of the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe. Its projects include needy child, seminarian and novice sponsorship programs, village redevelopment; health care and education; and interfaith dialogue.