Like Thomas, who gave of himself to others, the 17 families in the congregation at Our Lady of Lebanon work hard each year to share their heritage with the community including all Christian denominations as well as friends of other religions.
“The festival is a wonderful way for Oklahomans to learn and experience Middle Eastern culture during our annual event,” said Jeremy Wance, Our Lady of Lebanon’s organist and choir director. “The cuisine is wonderful, the music unique and the blending of cultures important.”
Tarek Dina of Levant Technologies, one of the festival’s sponsors, invites people to come and experience it first hand.
“Hospitality is one of the distinguishing aspects of Middle Eastern culture,” Dina said.
Fr. Fadi Matni, Our Lady of Lebanon’s new priest, has been in Norman only a few months. This will be his first festival at OLOL and he said he’s looking forward to welcoming visitors.
“We want to invite visitors to experience Lebanese food and culture,” Matni said. “Everyone is welcome, as usual. I’m sure everyone will be happy. They will see me smiling and they will enjoy everything we’ve prepared for them.”
Matni said proceeds from the festival will benefit the church’s youth as the congregation plans to build a youth center. Funds also will be used to cover renovations to the entrance of the church to compliment remodeling in the nave which was recently heightened and beautified.
Festival sponsors including La Baguette, Tyler Media and Levant Technologies.
For more information, call the church at 401-3907 or visit the church’s website, maroniteok.org.
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