Meet Friar Charbel, FI !

A week ago the Staff and Friars welcomed a new friar to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Friar Charbel Mary Boustany, F.I.

Brother Charbel is assigned as the Sacristan to care for the Shrine Church, and we are blessed to have him with us!

Like his namesake, Saint Charbel Makhlouf, O.L.M. (who was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon), Brother Charbel’s family heritage is Lebanese and belongs to the Maronite Rite of the Catholic Church.  Although of Lebanese heritage, Brother Charbel was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He has two sisters and 1 brother.

His association with the Franciscans of the Immaculate began when he met the Vocation Director on a pilgrimage, who invited him to make a visit.  Brother Charbel joined the FI’s in August 2012, and he has been in the United States since 2013, at the formation house in Griswold, CT.

He is currently studying for the priesthood, and has been taking his Philosophy courses through Holy Apostles Seminary. He will complete his Philosophy studies at the end of this year, and hope to begin his studies in Theology in Italy next Fall.

Brother Charbel has a deep devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary.  The Rosary has played a big part in his life and in his return to the Faith.  He explained that in Lebanon, religious is a big part of the culture. So basically, the Faith was not in his heart until the “power of the Rosary” brought the Faith “from the head to the heart.”

Prior to entering the FIs, Brother Charbel studied Business & Computing at the UT-Sydney, focusing more on the computing degree and creating and managing websites. Now, as a FI, he, along with Friar Roderic, maintain the AirMaria and other FI websites.

Rugby-League is his favorite sport, and he enjoys playing Ping-Pong. In Griswold, he played hockey on Saturdays. Brother Charbel also enjoys YouTube, especially the HMTelevision Channel.

Having helped out at the Shrine before on 2 or 3 different occasions, he was very excited to be assigned to this beautiful Shrine, to serve as Sacristan and to work with the people. The staff and volunteers, and people he has met, are very nice, and Br. Charbel hopes to get to know everyone better!

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