His Beatitude Moran Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Patriarch of the Maronite Syrian Catholic Church, will participate in the 82nd Reunion Day Celebrations.
Bechara Boutros al-Rahi was born in Himlaya, Matn District, Lebanon on 25 February 1940. He attended Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour, a Jesuit school in Lebanon. He entered the Mariamite Maronite Order on 31 July 1962 and was ordained as a priest on 3 September 1967. From 1967 to 1975 he has been responsible for the Arabic transmissions of Vatican Radio. In 1975 he was awarded a Phd in Canon and Civil Law. He also studied for three years at the Lateran University in Rome.
He was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of Antioch on 12 July 1986, by Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir and on 9 June 1990, he was appointed Bishop of Byblos. In 2003 he was elected Secretary of the Maronite Synod, and in 2009 he was appointed President of the Lebanese Episcopal Commission for the Media. . At 71, he was elected Patriarch of the Maronites on 15 March 2011. The Mass for the Inauguration of his Patriarchate took place on 25 March 2011, in Bkerké, the See of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate. As is customary for all Maronite Patriarchs Rahi took the additional name Boutros, that of Saint Peter,who briefly held the See of Antioch before moving to Rome to become Bishop there. On 7 March 2012 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
A grand reception will be accorded to his Beatitude on 20 September 2012.