After ordination, he led an ascetical life for a number of
years at St. Maron Monastery in Annaya, near Beirut. In 1875, he was allowed to leave the monastery, to live as a hermit. After 23 years in solitude, he died of a stroke on Christmas Eve in 1898.
While his earthly life was shrouded in silence, since his death he has become known as a great healer, and his fame
reaches far beyond Lebanon and the Maronite Rite. He has a feast day in the universal calendar of the Roman Church, and his icons and statues are in churches and private homes all over the world.