His life

His Childhood and youth

Khalil (Blessed Father Jacob) was born on February, 1, 1875 in the village of Ghazir. His father named Boutros Saleh El-Haddad and a mother called Shams Yoakim El-Haddad. Khalil was baptized at the Church of the Lady of Habchieh on February, 21, 1875. He grew up in his village Ghazir and went to the parish school Saint Francis. Then he...
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His priesthood and mission

Brother Jacob was transferred to the Krey Monastery to continue his sacerdotal studies. He was ordained priest on November 1st, 1901, and celebrated his first mass in his hometown, amidst his happy family and the residents of Ghazir and the neighboring villages. In 1905, he was designated director of the Capuchin Monks schools in Lebanon and then founded around 230...
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Apostle of mercy in the kingdom of the Cross

Father Jacob had the dream of raising a giant Cross on one of the hills of Lebanon, because he had seen the disasters and tragedies that had affected Lebanon during the war when thousands died of hunger, were hung or exiled without a Cross being raised on their tombs. He wanted that place to become an assembly place for the...
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Abouna Yaacoub and the personalities of Lebanon

Due to his so many building activities and projects, he had to be acquainted with the consecutive governments and the personalities of Lebanon. The Convent of the Cross was visited by many personalities and officials, including the following: President Emile Eddeh who granted him the palm medal of Lebanese merit (on January, 5, 1938); President Bechara El- Khoury who awarded...
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His writings

Abouna Yaacoub wrote, composed and translated numerous popular hymns and left behind 10,000 handwritten pages among memoirs, religious books, stories, guidance and sermons in various religious and social topics....
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His spirituality

His spirituality - Relying on the Providence: Abouna Yaacoub was called “the man of Providence”. His trust in Providence increased when he started the project of the Convent of the Cross and all that he received from his superior was his blessing; in fact, he contented himself with it considering it as an expression of God’s blessing. Hadn’t he been...
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Abouna Yaacoub’s death

On June 26, 1954, at 3:00 PM, he committed his soul to God, murmuring: The Cross of God, the Love of my Heart. Once his death became public, masses of believers started to arrive to the Convent of the Cross, and then Apostolic Nuncio, Monsignor Joseph Beltrami declared that, “At the present time, he is the greatest man of Lebanon.”...
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