Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, Sacramento, California
Carolyn Aboubechara and her family have been involved at their parish, Our Lady of the Rosary, for several years. The small mission church has struggled with its finances, but Carolyn’s leadership has helped to preserve the parish and build up the foundation of the Maronite, Lebanese and Syrian communities in the Sacramento area.
Although Carolyn is only in her 30s, she has become a leader within the community by serving in multiple positions of responsibility at the parish for several years. She has served as a parish council member, parish council treasurer and parish council hair. She has been involved with young adults, women's group and many other groups and activities.
She was also in charge of the parish’s annual American Lebanese and Middle Eastern Festival several times. The festival attracts over 1,800 people from all parts of Sacramento and Northern California who come together to celebrate the best in Lebanese and Middle Eastern food and culture.
Carolyn also encourages others to get involved. In 2017, the National Apostolate of Maronites held their annual convention in San Francisco, a two-hour drive from Sacramento. Despite the distance and the fact that Carolyn’s parish wasn’t the formal host of the event, Carolyn inspired her mission church and several volunteers to get involved in different aspects of the convention. Without her great outreach, no one else could or would have stepped up to make the event such a success.
“Her efforts have borne great fruit at Our Lady of the Rosary and in the greater community,” said Bishop A. Elias Zaidan of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles. “Carolyn has been a terrific leader… And she is not yet 40 years old!”
She has inspired her community with her selfless dedication to the good of the mission and her tireless efforts. She is an inspiration, an ignitor and a great friend to all.