Chorbishop John D. Faris

Chorbishop John D. FarisCreative and Dreams is proud to welcome Chorbishop John D. Faris to our wonderful family of unique talent and expertise.

Chorbishop John D. Faris was created a Chaplain to His Holiness (Monsignor) in 1988 and ordained a Chorbishop in 1991. He was also appointed Chaplain iure sanguinis of the Constantinian Order of Saint George in 1989.

Chorbishop Faris is currently a Knight Commander of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and serves on the Board of Councillors of the EOHSJ Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States. In 2010, the Equestrian Order awarded Chorbishop Faris its highest award, the Golden Palm, in recognition of his services to the churches in the Middle East. He is heavily involved in recruiting new members and provides extensive lectures on the Order and the Holy Land.

Bishop Gregory J. Mansour assigned Chorbishop Faris to the position of Pastor of Saint Louis Gonzaga Church in Utica, New York in 2009.

From 1985-1995 and 2009 to the present, Chorbishop Faris has been an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America. He has an extensive Canon Law background and currently is a member of the Committee of Church Governance for the Canon Law Society of America.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Eparchy of Saint Maron, Chorbishop Faris serves as a Catholic Representative on the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation and the United States Oriental Orthodox–Roman Catholic Consultation. He is also a member of the Catholic Delegation on the Joint Working Group of the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches. He served as Consultor for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Liaison Committee for Latin and Eastern Church Affairs (1992-96) and General Secretary of the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches (1991-2000).

Chorbishop Faris was elected president of the Canon Law Society in 1994. He has also served as consultor of the Board of Governors, chair and member of various committees in that society. He is also a member of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Canon Law Society of India, the Eastern Canon Law Society of India and the Society for Eastern Canon Law. He is also on the editorial boards of Folia Canonica, Eastern Legal Thought and Gratianus.

Chorbishop Faris began his studies in 1968 when he attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sacred Heart College in Detroit, Michigan in 1972. While at the North American College in Rome, he attended the Gregorian University, where he received a baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (magna cum laude) in 1975 and pursued studies in moral theology at St. Alphonse University.

Archbishop Francis M. Zayek ordained him to the priesthood on July 17, 1976 at Saint George Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He was then appointed Vice Rector of Saint Maron Cathedral and Vice-Chancellor of the Apostolic Exarchate for the Maronites in Detroit, Michigan. He was awarded a doctorate degree Eastern canon law (magna cum laude) from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome with the dissertation, The Communion of Catholic Churches: Ecclesiology and Terminology. After obtaining the doctorate, he served in various collaborative roles of administration with Archbishop Zayek. In 1996, he resigned from the position of Protosyncellus (Vicar General) in order to begin work with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. He served CNEWA in various positions until 2009.

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