Our parish is blessed...
to have the following clergy currently serve our community
Pastor: Fr. Milad T. Yaghi, MLM
Associate Pastor: Fr. Edward Hanna, MLM
Sub-Deacons: Chuck AbouJaoude, Dr. George Carrum, Dr. Gabriel Habib, Dr. Nicolas Nammour, and Steven Tannous
Fr. Milad T. Yaghi, MLM
Fr. Milad joined the Maronite Lebanese Missionaries in 1977 at the young age of 13. After 10 years of schooling at the Collège Des Apôtres and The University of Kaslik, he was ordained to the priesthood on July 9, 1988. Soon after, he was sent to France to earn his Master’s Degree in Catholic Theology from the University of Strasbourg, and became assistant pastor for a parish in Metz.
Fr. Milad was assigned to San Antonio, Texas in 1991, and was later assigned to celebrate mass in Houston. After several months of commuting, he moved to Houston to embark on a challenge and personal dream of building a church. In a short period of time, and against many odds, Fr. Milad established Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Mission which grew quickly from a couple of families to a couple hundred families. With the help and support of many loyal benefactors and parishioners over the past twenty years, Fr. Milad established a thriving campus with a massive church, church hall, rectory, and pastoral center. Today, with over seven hundred registered families, Our Lady of the Cedars is a well recognized and integrated Eastern Catholic church community in the Houston area and boasts as the second largest Maronite parish in the United States. Fr. Milad continues to be a much beloved pastor, friend to Middle Eastern communities of all faiths, and member of all our families.
Fr. Edward Hanna, MLM
Born and raised in Kobayat, Akkar, Lebanon, Fr. Edward Hanna has a BS in physiotherapy from The Lebanese University, Fanar, a BS in theology and in philosophy from The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, and a diploma in spiritual guidance from The Saint Joseph University, Beirut. He joined the Maronite Lebanese Missionaries at the age of 23, and was ordained to the priesthood on July 6, 2014.
Fr. Edward served as a volunteer in the Red Cross of Lebanon for more than 7 years, co-founded “Biblia-Tech” (a biblical Facebook page), and ministered as a spiritual director for several organizations including the boy scouts, girl scouts, and family- and youth-oriented organizations. After completing his first assignment as administrative director of Radio Voice of Charity, in Jounieh, Lebanon, he moved to the US in January of 2016 to serve as assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Cedars in Houston.
Dr. George Carrum
Originating from Chicago, George Carrum, M.D., holds a B.A. in Biology from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, and medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. Continuing his residency in Medicine, he entered a Hematology fellowship and joined Baylor’s Department of Hematology/Oncology. Currently, George is the Director of the Stem Cell transplant program at Houston Methodist Hospital’s Cell and Gene Therapy program.
George and Rebecca Carrum married in May 1987 and have five children: Theodore, Emily, Bernadette, Andrew and Timothy. Rebecca is a Board Certified Chaplain for St. Lukes Hospital and Elysian Hospice. Becoming parishioners at Our Lady of the Cedars in 2001, George and Rebecca were active volunteers in the CCE program and the parish council. George has served as a lector for many years, becoming ordained into the Sub-Diaconate in May 2014.
Dr. Gabriel Habib
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Gabriel Habib holds a BS and MD with High Distinction from American University of Beirut. He moved to Houston in 1982 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, and received an MS in Epidemiology at UT School of Public Health.
Currently, he is a Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Board Certified Invasive Cardiologist at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and Chair of Institutional Review Boards for Baylor Affiliated Hospitals. He has published 10 book chapters and 100 medical journal articles and has received over 40 awards for excellence in teaching. Gabriel and Katy Stylianidis were married on October 6, 1996 and have one son: Gabriel Jr.
Gabriel has served as President of Parish Council (2012 - 2018) and Cantor (2014-2018), and was ordained into the Sub-Diaconate in May 2018.