Gabriel of Blaouza
|Patriarch of Antioch|
|See||Patriarch of Antioch|
|Elected||May 12, 1704|
|Term ended||October 31, 1705|
|Predecessor||Estephan El Douaihy|
by George Rizqallah Beseb'ely
|Died||October 31, 1705
Qannubin Monastery, Kadisha Valley
Gabriel of Blaouza was appointed and consecrated Maronite bishop of Aleppo by Patriarch George Rizqallah Beseb'ely in 1663. He left his monastery and went to Aleppo, and served here as bishop for forty-one years till his election to Patriarch. During his service in Aleppo he many time supported and helped Patriarch Estephan El Douaihy.
Gabriel of Blaouza, after a previous attempt failed because of the opposition of the Druzes, succeed to found a religious order, the Antonin Maronite Order, characterized by a centralized organization with its proper hierarchy. The first Mass was celebrated in the newly erected church at Monastery of Mar Chaya on August 15, 1700.
Afert the death of Patriarch Estephan El Douaihy, Gabriel of Blaouza was elected Patriarch on May 12, 1704, and his election was confirmed by Pope Clement XI on April 27, 1705. Gabriel of Blaouza died shortly later, on October 31, 1705.
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