BIOGRAPHY
I-Expanded description: the Priest, the Bishop, the Patriarch.
He was ordained priest on March 25.1656, and was consecrated bishop July 8, 1668. He was elected Patriarch of the Maronite Church on May 20, 1670.

The Priest:

Ordination:
He was ordained a priest on March 25, 1656 by Patriarch Youhanna at the Monastery of Sts. Sarkis and Bacchus in Ehden.

School:
He opened a free school for children at the Monastery of St. Yacoub Al Ahbach in Ehden.

Aleppo:
In 1657, he was sent to Aleppo (Syria) by Patriarch Gerges Bshebhely, to work for the unity of Christians and to help his friend, Bishop Andrew Agheejan, who became the first Syrian Catholic Patriarch.

Mission in Lebanon:
In 1658, he was named missionary of the Congregation of the Propagation of the Faith and returned to his school in Ehden. That same year, he was sent by Patriarch Bshebhely to Jheeta, Kasrouan, Lebanon to teach and preach, and then to South Lebanon, to Saida, Bekah, Marjehyoun. Finally, he was appointed pastor of Ardee and the neighboring villages in North Lebanon.

Aleppo:
In 1662, at the request of Patriarch Bshebhely and the people, he returned to Aleppo (Syria), where he was called "The Second Chrysostom." He remained there for six years.

Holy Land:
In May, 1668, Duwayhi returned to Lebanon and went with his mother and brother for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

The Bishop:

Ordination:
Upon his return from the Holy Land, he was surprised to learn he had been elected Bishop of Cyprus. On July 8, 1668, he was ordained Bishop by Patriarch Gerges Bshebhely.



Mission:
Before leaving for Cyprus, Patriarch Bshebhely sent him to visit and comfort the parishes of Jebbee, Zawiya and Akkar in North Lebanon.
Cyprus:
That same year, he entered the Diocese of Cyprus, establishing his residence in Nicosia, but visiting all the Maronite cities of the Island, preaching, gathering documents and organizing the Diocese which had been vacant for thirty-four years. Providentially, he left Cyprus on April 12, 1670, for a short visit to Lebanon. It was the day that Patriarch Gerges Bshebhely died.

The Patriarch:

Ordination:
May 20, 1670, Bishop Estefan Duwayhi was elected Patriarch. Two days later, he was ordained Patriarch at Qannubine, the patriarchal See at that time, in the Holy Valley.

Trials:
Throughout his thirty-four years of Patriarchate, Duwayhi did not taste rest. Nine times, he was forced to flee from his See of Qannubine to Mar Challita Mekbes in Ghosta, Kesrouan, to Mejdelmhooch in the Chouf or in Jbeil and Batroun. Through his trials and persecutions, he personally sums up the whole story and destiny of the Maronite Nation. He was always on the move, hiding in caves and places almost insalubrious, carrying notes and documents, writing late into the night under very bad conditions, and caring about everyone and everything in the Maronite Church.

Deeds:
He built twenty-seven churches and many monasteries, ordained fourteen bishops and many priests. He protected the Maronite Church from Latinization, gave her the proper and distinguished identity, was instrumental in the foundation of the Lebanese Order and in the conversion to the Catholic Faith of the Melkite Patriarch Cyril and of the establishment of the first Syrian Catholic Patriarch. He reorganized the Maronite Church, reaffirmed her foundations and endowed her with the precious treasure of his writings.

TESTIMONIALS
IHis Personality
The Person, Humility, Piety, Austerity, Science, Nationalism, The Giant.
IEarly life
Estephan Douaihy was born at a time when the Maronites were suffering badly from Ottoman oppression.
IExpanded description: the Priest, the Bishop, the Patriarch.
As priest, As bishop, and later as Patriarch, he undertook reforms of the Maronite Church and its monks. Douaihy was elected Patriarch in 1670, when he was only 40 years old.
IDeath and afterward
Almost immediately after his death, he was considered by many Maronites of Lebanon, but particularly in North Lebanon and in Zgharta, Ehden to have been a saint.