19.01.2012 – Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem – Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Maroun Elias Lahham as Auxiliary Bishop and Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan. His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishops and priests of the Latin Patriarchate welcome the announcement with joy. “We offer prayers and convey our best wishes to the new Bishop.”
Bishop Maroun succeeds Bishop Selim Sayegh, who presented his resignation upon reaching the age limit for diocesan bishops according to canon 401 § 1 of the Canon Law
Bishop Lahham was Archbishop of Tunis, below is his Curriculum Vitae:
Bishop Maroun Elias Lahham was born in Irbed Jordan, on July 20, 1948. From 1961 to 1972, he completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Latin Patriarchate Seminary in Beit Jala, where he received a bachelor degree in philosophy and theology.
1972-1975, vicar of the parish of Christ the King, in Misdar (Amman), 1975-1976, vicar of the parish of Fuheis, Jordan, 1976-1979, Fidei Donum priest in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Union) where, along with Bishop Gremoli, OFM Cap., he served the different Christian communities in different languages for three years, 1979-1981, vicar in the parish of Christ the King, in Misdar, Amman, 1981-1988, pastor in Madaba, Jordan,
He was Rector of the Patriarchatel Seminary of Beit Jala from 1994 until his appointment as Bishop of Tunis, on September 8, 2005. He taught Catechesis and Pastoral Theology at the Seminary of Beit Jala, at the Salesian seminary of Cremisan and at the seminary of the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem. He was appointed Archbishop of Tunis in 2010.
Besides Arabic, Bishop Lahham fluently speaks French, English and Italian.