When St. Louis deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained Thursday, he'll become the first married Maronite Catholic priest in the U.S.
Photos Courtesy of St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral Deacon Wissam Akiki with his wife, Manal, and daughter, Perla.
At first glance, this feels like huge news for the church, especially for a town as Catholic as St. Louis. And it sort of is. After all, Pope Francis made a special, one-time exception for Saint Raymond's Maronite Church in the LaSalle neighborhood to ordain Akiki.