We had an interesting program brought to us by Lindy Lindberg.  Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nakhle Ghorr, Pastor of the Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church presented "The Conflict with Fundamentalist Islam in Iraq and Syria and its Consequence." 
 
Fr. Emmanuel Nakhle was born in Baabda Lebanon, the region Capital of Mont Lebanon in 1960 (Majority Maronite Christian Catholic city). He became a monk in the religious Maronite Order of Saint Anthony the Great and pronounced his monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on Christmas Day 1980. After five years of academic studies of Philosophy and Theology in the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome between 1981 and 1986, he was ordained priest in the Antonine Maronite Order on September 1986 in Lebanon. In Rome also he got a diploma in music theory and piano Classical performance. He achieved two years of Architecture in the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Belle Arti Faculty of architecture, between 1988 and 1990. He got a BA degree in History in York University in Toronto in 1997. He became associate pastor in Toronto in 1991, and pastor of Our Lady Of Lebanon Maronite Roman Catholic Church of Toronto and GTA in 2003. He was graduated at Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia with a Master Degree in Management and Leadership in August 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, he served in the Roman Catholic Mission of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, in Dubai in the Arab Emirates and in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. He was appointed Pastor of the Holy Family Maronite Church in Mendota Heights, Minnesota in September 2014. He speaks fluently Arabic, French, Italian and English, with good knowledge of the Aramaic Syriac language, the language spoken by the Lord Jesus, 20 centuries ago.
 
 
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