Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral | Brooklyn, NY | Salma Vahdat
Claire Habib, Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, was feted by Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral on 28 October 2018. The Order of St. Gregory is a Pontifical Order of Knighthood in the Catholic Church bestowed on Catholic men and women in recognition of their service to the Church and the good example set in their communities and country.
Claire has been involved in every aspect of the Maronite Church stemming from her faithful Maronite parents who arrived here as immigrants in 1918. Claire graduated from the Catholic College of New Rochelle in 1950. After working as a teacher for a short time, she accepted a position with Bankers Trust Co. in 1957. She managed the billing system for Bankers Trust and retired as a Vice President in 1993. Claire continued to serve her church in many capacities such as: NAM Convention Chair, the Eparchial Order of St. Sharbel, the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, Eparchial Finance and Parish Councils, Chancery and Cathedral Finance Committees, and as a Cathedral Trustee.
For this most important occasion, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Gregory Mansour, with Chorbishop Michael Thomas, Vicar General, and the Very Rev. Dominique Hanna, Rector of the Cathedral concelebrating. Along with her fellow honorees, Claire was presented with a plaque and certificate from the Holy See and pinned with a medal by Bishop Gregory. Following the induction, a lovely dinner was held for the honorees, their families, and the clergy.
Family, friends, and parishioners celebrated their love and respect for Claire, a wise, sweet, generous, talented, and humble lady. Her integrity and experience have helped to guide the administration of the Eparchy and the Cathedral on a steady path. May Claire enjoy the gratitude of her Cathedral family and friends and know that we, Beit Maroun, hold Claire in high esteem and love her.
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