Final outcome-Maronite Catholic Society’s Elections

Bishop AbiKaram blesses the mission of President Kayrouz and his new team
The Maronite Catholic Society Executive held its first meeting on Tuesday in order to distribute the various Executive responsibilities in accordance with its constitution and determine the way forward in the service of the Maronite community both in Australia and Lebanon.
The result was as follows:
President: Toufic Kayrouz
First Vice-President: Ghassan Awit
Second Vice-President: Antoine Doueihi
General-Secretary: Raymond Abi Arraj
Deputy General-Secretary: Toufic Laba
Treasurer: Ghassan Hatem
Assistant Treasurer: Ray Wehbe
Advisor: Chafic Saade
Advisor: Pierre Salame
Chair - Information Committee: Camille Harb
Chair- Social Committee: Joe Peter Khoury
Chair- Youth Committee: Nelson Semaan
Immediate Past President: Samir Azzi
Founding President: Joe Metledge
Immediately after the announcement of the final result, President-elect Toufic Kayrouz and the Executive Committee visited the Maronite Eparchy in Strathfield, and were warmly received by Bishop AbiKaram, head of the Maronite Catholic Church in Australia.
The meeting was an opportunity for the new president to thank his grace for his continued support for the Society and to reach out and extend his sincere appreciation to all the Maronite parishes – priests, monks and nuns, promising to communicate and cooperate with all of them in order to uphold and support the Maronite community.
And specifically from “Beit Maroun” President Kayrouz chose to thank all those who carried on the presidency of the MCS, starting from the founding President Joe Metledge up till the immediate past President Samir Kazzi, in addition to all the members without exception, since its inception 25 years ago.
Bishop Abikaram stressed the importance of the Maronite Catholic Society and the role it plays as he explained his ambitious vision for the new Executive to adopt and put down to action in the coming year. He went on to offer important suggestions to President Kayrouz which will assist the youth and future generations in preserving their”Maroniteness”. The Arabic language, in his view, is the vehicle which carries this rich heritage and forms the bridge of communication with their predecessors and ancestors.
At the end of the meeting, memorial photos were taken. His Lordship then blessed their mission as they set out to serve their community both in Australia and Lebanon.
For more information, please contact: Toufic Kayrouz on 0414293978 or Raymond Abi-Arraj on 0413069004
Issued by Raymond Abi-Arraj
General- Secretary - Maronite Catholic Society
Sydney – 10 May 2012



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