Facts About the Maronite Church and Its Parish in Houston

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Maronite Church
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Houston businessman Assad Boulos has established a number of restaurants including his latest, Juan Parilla that offers Latin Fusion cuisine. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Assad Boulos is an active member of the Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Church in Houston, Texas, where he regularly hosts fundraising activities.

The Maronite Church, an Eastern Catholic Church, takes its name from St. Maron, a fourth century Syrian hermit whose followers have remained loyal to the Catholic church but have their own hierarchy and conclave. The church’s history is marked by great sufferings due to its faith and at one point, Maronites left north Syria and sought shelter in the Lebanese mountains under the shade of the cedar trees.

The establishment of Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Church in Houston was an effort that began over two decades ago with the main building finally dedicated on March 9, 2003. Aside from offering regular masses, the parish is assisted by a number of organizations such as the parish council, which provides nonbinding advice to the priest and the community.

The Daughters of Mary, a women’s organization founded in 1994, plays a supporting role to help the priest and parish meet its goals and needs. Other partner groups include the Knights of the Cedars, Helping Hands, Maronite Youth Organization, and the church choir.

New Colombian Restaurant in Houston’s Uptown District

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Juan Parilla
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Assad Boulos, a restaurateur in Houston, Texas, has used his extensive management experience to oversee business operations at a number of restaurants and retail ventures across Houston. Juan Parilla, a smart Colombian restaurant located in the heart of Houston’s Uptown District, is Assad Boulos’ current venture.

The Uptown District in Houston was established in 1987 when major development projects were initiated less than ten miles from the city’s center. The thriving area quickly grew into one of the nation’s largest business districts. Located along Westheimer Road and Post Oak Boulevard, two of Houston’s main thoroughfares, the area welcomes more than 200,000 people each day to its businesses, restaurants, and high end shops.

Uptown is known for its many options for fine dining and sophisticated shopping. Along with numerous upscale boutiques, the district houses the state’s largest shopping mall, the Galleria.

Visitors and residents of Uptown also enjoy the area’s green spaces, particularly Hines Waterfall Park, which features a 64 foot tall architectural fountain. The park, owned by the city of Houston, is a popular community gathering place.