Diocese welcomes Badhdad archbishop
The Diocese of Lafayette welcomes Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman, OCD Archbishop of Baghdad, Iraq.
Archbishop Sleiman, a Carmelite priest, is the Latin Archbishop of Baghdad and head of the Latin Church Community in Iraq. He was ordained a priest in 1973 in Beirut and then earned doctorates in theology and anthropology. He was appointed as archbishop of Baghdad in 2000.
He will be conducting the annual novena in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at the Carmelite Monastery from July 8 through July 16 at 6:00 p.m. each evening. The topic of the Novena will be “Our Lady of Carmel, Mother of the Church”. The Carmelite Monastery is located at 1250 Carmel Drive in Lafayette. All are invited to attend.
Archbishop Sleiman was the celebrant at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, July 7, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.
This visit with the archbishop is an opportunity for the Catholics of Acadiana to learn more about the existence of the Roman Catholic Church in a Muslim country.
Archbishop will be the celebrant at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Grand Prairie on Sunday July 14, at 9:30 a.m.