Deacon Paul Salamy was born Feb. 8, 1954 in Tupper Lake, NY. He is the son of Fred and Mary Mazloom and the late Richard H. Salamy. Deacon Paul was educated at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Cortland. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education/English as well as thirty graduate hours in the field of education. Deacon Paul was employed by Oneida County BOCES as a Teacher of Incarcerated Youth in the Oneida County Correctional Facility. He serves on the Board of the New York State Association of Incarcerated Education Programs, Inc.
Deacon Paul married the former Mary Susan Hobaica on July 5, 1981. They shared a blessed union of eighteen years until her passing on February 9, 2000. Deacon Paul is the proud father of three sons: James, Joseph, and John Paul.
Deacon Paul was ordained to the Order of Subdeacon on October 25, 1989 by Chorbishop Joseph Lahoud under the pastorate of Rev. Joseph Thomas. He was ordained a Deacon on September 9, 1995 by the late Archbishop Francis Zayek under the pastorate of Rev. Bassam Saade. Deacon Paul is involved in many aspects of parish ministry. He is advisor to the MYO. He brings the Eucharist to parishioners who are confined to their homes, nursing homes, and hospitals. He prepares families for the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Deacon Paul preaches on a regular basis. As VIRTUS Facilitator, Diocese of Syracuse, he educates staff in Protecting God’s Children as well as Keeping the Promise Alive. He serves on the Board of The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon. Deacon Paul is also available upon request for spiritual direction. He has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal Program of the Diocese of Syracuse for over twenty years. Deacon Paul also assists in ministering to the spiritual needs of Hospice patients. Currently, he works in the parish as Pastoral Assistant.
Deacon Paul takes great pride in serving the Maronite Parish Community of St. Louis Gonzaga as well as to the Catholic Community at large.