The Family of Saint Sharbel USA is a Non-Profit Organization established to contribute to the Catholic Church’s evangelizing mission through living the spirituality of Saint Sharbel in the world.
Inspired by the spirituality of Saint Sharbel, the members of this organization serve as missionaries of prayer and as disciples of Christ in the world. They gather in prayer as a community, promote the teachings of Jesus Christ, and strive to live them.
Its members can be priests, monks, nuns and lay people who come together for the Divine Liturgy, teaching, prayer, the recitation of Rosary, and spiritual retreats and days of recollection.
The Family of Saint Sharbel is dedicated to the mission of evangelization by following Jesus Christ and helping those who are in need; whether financially, morally or spiritually.
The Family of Saint Sharbel came into being after its founder, Raymond Nader, underwent a mystical experience at the hermitage of Saints Peter and Paul* in Annaya** during the night of 9-10 November 1994. This experience left Raymond with a miraculous mark on his arm and in his heart that changed his life and the lives of others.
After this experience, some people gathered to pray with Raymond Nader in several places, including Annaya, the number began to increase until it became a group, The Family of Saint Sharbel, on August 11, 1995.
So far (2020), Raymond’s encounters with Saint Sharbel have been repeated 100 times. All of them occurred at Annaya in Lebanon except for two times at the church of Most Holy Trinity Monastery in the US. During these encounters, the mark gets renewed once or twice a year. Raymond has so far received 45 messages, sixteen of them are currently published.
* Where Saint Sharbel spent the last 23 years of his life.
** Location of the Monastery of Saint Maron and the Sanctuary of Saint Sharbel