Chorbishop John D. Faris was born in 1951, the son of John and Goldie (née Bowlen) Faris, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He attended Charles E. Boyle Elementary School, Benjamin Franklin Junior High School, and Uniontown Area High School, graduating in 1968

In 1968, he attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sacred Heart College in Detroit, Michigan in 1972. While at the North American College in Rome, he attended the Gregorian University, where he received a baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (magna cum laude) in 1975 and pursued a studies in moral theology at St. Alphonse University. He was awarded a doctorate degree Eastern canon law (magna cum laude) from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome with the dissertation, The Communion of Catholic Churches: Ecclesiology and Terminology.

Archbishop Francis M. Zayek ordained him to the priesthood on 17 July 1976 at Saint George Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He was then appointed Vice Rector of Saint Maron Cathedral and Vice-Chancellor of the Chancery of Apostolic Exarchate for the Maronites in Detroit, Michigan. Chorbishop Faris was created a Chaplain to His Holiness (Monsignor) on 19 January 1988.

Archbishop Zayek ordained Faris a Chorbishop on 23 September 1991.

After returning from Rome, he served in various collaborative roles with Archbishop Zayek. In 1996, he resigned from the position of Protosyncellus (Vicar General) in order to begin work with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. He served CNEWA in various positions (finally Associate Secretary General) until 2009. On 1 June 2009, Bishop Gregory J. Mansour assigned Chorbishop Faris to the position of Pastor of Saint Louis Gonzaga Church.

From 1985-1995 and 2009 to the present, Chorbishop Faris has been Professor of Eastern Canon Law in the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America.

Chorbishop Faris was elected President of the Canon Law Society in 1994. He has also served as consultor of the Board of Governors, chair and member of various committees in that society.

He is also a member of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Canon Law Society of India, the Eastern Canon Law Society of India and the Society for Eastern Canon Law. He is also on the editorial boards of Eastern Legal Thought and Gratianus. He was also appointed Chaplain iure sanguinis of the Constantinian Order of Saint George on 12 February 1989. Chorbishop Faris is currently a Knight Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and serves on the Board of Councillors of the EOHSJ Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States. On 26 September 2010, the Equestrian Order awarded Chorbishop Faris its highest award, the Golden Palm, in recognition of his services to the Christians in the Middle East.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Eparchy of Saint Maron, Chorbishop Faris serves as a Catholic Representative on the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation and the United States Oriental Orthodox–Roman Catholic Consultation. In the past he served as a member of the Catholic Delegation on the Joint Working Group of the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches. He served as Consultor for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Liaison Committee for Latin and Eastern Church Affairs (1992-96) and General Secretary of the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches (1991-2000).