The story of Saint Charbel and his devotion begins in Beqakafra, a region in northern Lebanon. On May 8, 1828, Youssef Antoun Makhlouf was born, who years later, already in the monastery, would adopt another name. He was the fifth son of Antun Makhlouf and Brigitte Chidiac, and from childhood he showed great interest in prayer and religion. He began to feel great curiosity and inclination for the monastic life. Known as the “Man of Miracles”, or the “Hermit of Lebanon”, Saint Charbel is the first saint of Lebanon and one of the best known and most miraculous Eastern saints.