Rev.  Simon El Hajj

Born in Beirut April  1980.


Father Simon El Hajj is from Rmeich South Lebanon, and was raised in Bourjhammoud and belonged to St. Joseph church. Since he was 9 years old, he began his journey in the organizations in the church as a member of Fursan Al Azraa, then a president of Talaeh ElAzraa, the young adults of Mary.

Father Simon was regional president for Fursan El Azraa in Maten l sehil, and a consultant for same organization all over Lebanon.  He was trained by World Vision organization to work with children early 1998. He volunteered for the same organization for over 5 years.

Father Simon became a trainer for all new chiefs who wanted to work with children ages 6 to 14.
In 2005, father Simon entered Patriarchal seminary in Ghazir to prepare his journey toward the priesthood.

Ordinations:
Sub-deacon in December 2009.
Deacon on May 2, 2010.
Priesthood on August 15, 2010.

Assignments:

Father Simon came to the U.S. December 2010 as a parochial vicar in Our Lady of Victory in Pittsburgh.

In September 2011, he was assigned as an administrator to the Maronite Community of Aliquippa.

Father Simon worked to elevate the community to a Mission in June 2012, and moved the church to Darlington, PA.

On October 1, 2014 Father Simon was assigned as a Pastor of Our Lady of Lebanon, Easton PA.

On June 1, 2018 Father Simon was assigned as a Pastor of Saint Sharbel Church, Somerset, NJ.

He is member of the vocation team in the Eparchy, and Protopresbyter of MidAtlantic East. 

Studies:

B.A. in Social sciences from Lebanese university Rabieh.

S.T.B.(Pontifical degree) in philosophy and theology from USEK University Jounieh.

M.S. in Leadership concentration in Professional Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA

Post graduate certificate in Spiritual direction and Leadership from Pittsburgh, PA

Post graduate certificate in Pastoral management and leadership, Pittsburgh, PA

PhD student in Organizational Development and Leadership, Philadelphia, PA