BIOGRAPHY
I-Early life
He was born in Ehden (Lebanon) August 2, 1630. He studied in Rome, where he received the miraculous cure. He earned a doctorate in philosophy and theology.

Estefan Duwayhi
Born: August 2, 1630
Name: Estefan (Stephen) after his patron, St. Stephen, first deacon and first martyr, whose feast day is August 2.
Place: Ehden, stronghold of the Maronites, in North Lebanon, 3,500 feet above sea level, with a rich religious history: three patriarchs, thirty-four bishops and many priests, hermits, monks and nuns.

Family:
He had pious and good parents: Deacon Mikhael Duwayhi and Mariam Duwayhi; one brother, Moussa; an uncle, Bishop Elias Duwayhi. He lost his father when he was three years old.

Elementary School:
At age five, he entered the Parochial School of St. Peter in North Ehden, acquiring basics of arithmetic, Arabic and Syriac languages, and a solid Christian formation. He distinguished himself by his prodigious and precocious intelligence.

Rome:
Aware of his intellectual capacity and of his religious and moral qualities, Patriarch Gerges Omayra Duwayhi and Bishop Elias Duwayhi, both from Ehden, sent him to Rome where he arrived in June, 1641; he was only eleven years old.

The Maronite College:
He joined the Maronite College of Rome, founded in 1584 by Pope Gregory XIII and directed by the Jesuit Fathers.

The Genius:
There, he astonished everyone by his superior intelligence, profound piety, and outstanding personality. His professor, Father Sparsa, testified: "I taught in many lands and in many universities, but I have not found the likes of Estefan, in the brightness of his mind and the purity of his life."

Miracle:
Because of his intense studying, he became almost completely blind, but, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, he miraculously regained his sight, never having to wear glasses.

His Education:
He learned all that the Eternal City had to offer to a brilliant student. He earned a Doctorate in Philosophy and Theology. Besides his canonical formation, he was fluent in Arabic, Syriac, Latin, Italian, Greek and Hebrew. Later he obtained some knowledge of French and Turkish.

Oriental Engagement:
In 1655, he brilliantly finished his intellectual formation and his reputation spread throughout Europe. However, he refused all tempting offers in universities and Royal Courts. He chose to return to Lebanon, after remaining in Rome for another six months, visiting all the libraries and gathering precious documents about the Maronites. He returned to Lebanon on April 3, 1655, following fourteen years in Rome.

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.