(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Joseph Khoury, Eparchial Bishop Emeritus for Catholic Maronites in Canada, died on November 16, 2016, at the age of 80.
Bishop Joseph Khoury was born on November 1, 1936, in Behwaita (north of Lebanon). He was ordained a priest in 1964 in Rome. After being appointed Apostolic Visitator for the Maronites in Western and Northern Europe, he was ordained Bishop in Lebanon on September 4, 1993. Pope John Paul II named him Eparchial Bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of Canada on November 11, 1996, and he was installed in February 1997. After reaching the age of 75 in 2011, he offered his resignation to the Holy Father, which was accepted January 10, 2013.
As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Khoury served on its former Commission for Canon Law / Inter-Rite as a member and also as Chairman. He also served on the former CCCB Programs and Priorities Committee. Bishop Khoury has assisted the Holy See as a Consultor for the Congregation for Oriental Churches and a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious dialogue.
Funeral services will take place in Lebanon on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Most Reverend Paul-Marwan Tabet, Eparchial Bishop for Catholic Maronites in Canada, will celebrate Mass for the departed in St Maron Cathedral, 10755 Saint-Charles Avenue, Montreal, on Sunday, 11 December 2016 at 11:00 a.m.