Bishop Abdallah Habqouq
Abdallah Habqouq from Kfarsghab joined the Lebanese
Maronite Order very early in the pioneering days before 1698. He was
administrator (Mudabbir) of the Order between 1698 and 1732 and then between
1738 and 1742. From 1729 to 1735 and then from 1742 to 1743, he was superior
of the Monastery of Our Lady of Tamish, an important Monastery that became
in 1744 the siege of the Baladi Order (after the split of the Order into two
Orders: Baladi and Halabi).
Father Abdallah was consecrated Bishop on 20 May 1742 (8)
by the Bishop Tubiya Al
Khazin ( future Patriarch 1756-1766) (1).
This consecration was done in a context of conflict over the succession of
Patriarch Yusuf Dargham Al Khazin between Tubiya Al Khazin and Ilyas Muhasib.
This conflict was eventually settled by the Vatican by the election of
Simaan Awwad and the confirmation of the consecration of Bishop Abdallah
Habqouq. Bishop Abdallah is mentionned as a signatory of a legal document in his capaity of bishop in 1744, next to the name of the Patriarch Simaan Awwad (9).
Apparently Bishop Abdallah sided with the Halabi faction
of the Order. We do not find records for his death in the Baladi faction
Bishop Abdallah died on 7 August 1758 in Kfarsghab (7)
and is buried in Saint
as administrator (Mudabbir) of the Order for 6 years between 1826 and
1832. He died in 1833 in Qozhaya (2).
Father Seraphin Habqouq|
Seraphin Habqouq joined the Order in 1772 and was superior of the Monastery of Mar Antonios Sir from
1799 to 1802 (3).
Father Maroun I|
Maroun joined the Order in 1813 and served as superior in several monasteries from 1834 till his death in
1850 as the superior of Maad:
- Mar Aabda Maad: 1834 - 1838
- Mar Girgis AlNaameh: 1842 - 1845
- Mar Antonios Qozhaya: 1843 - 1845
- Mar Aabda Maad: 1847 - 1850 (4).
Father Maroun (Youssef) Sam|
Maroun joined the Order in 1857 and was ordined priest in 1863. He served as superior in several monasteries from 1868:
- Mar Girgis Echach: 1868 - 1871
- Saydet Machmoucheh: 1876 - 1880
- Mar Girgis Jennine: 1883 - 1883
- Mar Antonios Jdeidet: 1884 - 1886
- Mar Antonios Qozhaya: 1886 - 1890.
A very active person, in Qozhaya, he built the place known as AlZiara as well as
the famous landmark of Qozhaya, the dome of the church with the three bells. He improved the property of Aïn Baqra and built the
water tank of Aïn Al Smaileh. He died in 1916 in Mar Semaan Al Qarn. (5).
Father Antonios (Mattia)|
Antonios joined the Order in 1872 and was ordined priest in 1879. He served as superior in several monasteries from 1895:
- Mar Antonios Jdeidet: 1895 - 1897
- Mar Girgis Jennine: 1899 - 1901
- Mar Girgis Echach: 1913 - 1916
He died in 1937 in the Monastery of Bsarma (6).