Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York


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Bishop Antoine Chbeir was born in Ghosta, Lebanon in 1961. He studied Computer Science at the Business, Automation, Technical and Computer Institute in Beirut, Lebanon, and Philosophy and Theology at the University of the Holy Spirit in Kaslik, Lebanon. He received his PhD in Philosophy and Biblical Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome.

After being ordained to the priesthood in 1988 by Bishop Chukrallah Harb, and during his studies in Rome, he assisted in serving several parishes in Italy as well as short periods in New York, Switzerland, London, Dublin, and France. He served twenty two years in the Bishop’s office from 1993 – 2015. He was also the first pastor and the founder of the parish of Our Lady of Gifts in Adma, Lebanon.

Bishop Antoine Chbeir was member of the Vocations Committee since 1993, and was in charge of the instruction of married deacons in the Eparchy of Jounieh. Bishop Chbeir is fluent in French, English, Italian, and Arabic, and he translated many books from Italian, English and French to Arabic.

Bishop Chbeir was ordained Bishop of Lattakia, Syria, by Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai April 18, 2015, where he now serves the 40,000 Maronites with a community of thirty priests. His priestly, humanitarian and ecclesial work in the Eparchy with Christians and non-Christians alike is well known and respected.


Bishop LaValley announced the Solidarity in Faith initiative at the Chrism Mass of April of 2017 in response to Pope Francis’ call to assist Christians of the Middle East who are persecuted for their faith. We have twinned with the Maronite Diocese of Latakia, Syria to develop a mutually enriching relationship of sharing, solidarity and understanding. Bishop Antoine Chbeir of Latakia visited our diocese December 11-18. Please take the opportunity to hear about the lives of Christians in Syria; amid our many differences, we share so much.