For decades, St. Sharbel has been the focus of many special occurrences and happenings, which have been declared additional miracles or special healings.

On the 22nd of every month, believers gather to pray and celebrate Mass in the hermitage of St. Sharbel to acknowledge a special healing and miracle which occurred on the night of Jan. 22, 1993. Many priests of the Lebanese Maronite Order continue this tradition, which is currently being done in Baton Rouge (by Father Charbel El-Jamhoury) at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 6 p.m. each month.

St. Sharbel, the “Saint of Miracles,” is attentive to the requests of all. Through his intercession, and by the will of God, many have witnessed his healing powers. St. Sharbel’s extraordinary intervention and intercession, on behalf of those in need of healing of body and soul, has been the source for the many miracles. St. Sharbel points us to God and invites us to cooperate generously with God’s divine grace, no matter what our situation in life may be.

The St. Sharbel Makhlouf Foundation, Inc. was formed in 2015, in Baton Rouge, to develop and nurture a presence and a “shrine” in the United States to honor St. Sharbel and to promote the spreading of his powerful intercession and the message of healing both body and soul. Fundraising has begun to locate a shrine, mission and spirituality center, dedicated to St. Sharbel and staffed by monks of the Lebanese Maronite Order, but who will be under the direction of Bishop Robert W. Muench and his successors. This St. Sharbel shrine and mission will be a place for prayer, reflection and contemplation and will be the first in the United States. Having a place for prayer and reflection in the Baton Rouge community, dedicated to St. Sharbel, will be a wonderful addition to our diocese.

St. Sharbel Makhlouf Foundation, Inc. is a §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (Federal ID # 47-4272762); and donations, payable to the foundation, may be sent to: P.O. Box 1741, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Website: saintsharbelfoundationusa.org. You can secure more information on the website.

Father Charbel El-Jamhoury

Baton Rouge