Born in Lebanon in 1828, he grew up in a pious home and had two uncles who were hermits. He himself entered Maronite monastic life in 1851, being ordained a priest in 1859. In 1875 he embarked upon the hermit life, which he lived faithfully until his death on Christmas Eve in 1898.

He said: ‘By your prayers you can bring down the rain of mercy’. As we ask his intercession, we pray for the Christian churches of the East, that God’s mercy may rain upon them in their need. May God bless you this day.