St. Charbel (Sharbel) Makhlouf was canonized in 1977. Charbel was born Joseph Makhlouf in 1828 of Lebanese parents. At age 23 he entered a Maronite monastery called Notre Dame de Mayfouk. After studies at St. Cyprian de Kfifane Monastery he was ordained in 1859.
Imitating the life of the desert fathers, he spent the last 23 years of his life in complete solitude at Sts. Peter and Paul Hermitage near d’Anya. He died there in 1898.