Monsignor Paul H. Attea, an Antonine monk who served the Lebanese-American community of St. John Maron Catholic Church in Amherst throughout the 1980s, died April 20 in Beirut, Lebanon. He was 74.
Born in Beirut, he entered the monastery in Rome, Italy, at age 17 and was ordained in 1962. For 48 years, Monsignor Attea served congregations in Lebanon, Kuwait, Canada and the United States. He first came to this country in 1980 for treatment of a heart ailment. While he was here, Monsignor Attea ministered to those in the St. John Maron parish until 1990, when he was assigned to Windsor, Ont. While there, he was instrumental in the building of St. Sharbel Catholic Church.
"He was such a warm, caring, kind and gentle man," said a cousin, Anne Marie Attea.
Monsignor Attea is survived by a sister, Theresa Bittar.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered in April in Lebanon.