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St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church
Paul Bolus was born in 1967 and raised in the Crestwood community of Birmingham. His family owned a grocery store, and Bolus learned to cook Lebanese food and Southern food at an early age from his mother and grandmother.
After attending college, Bolus became an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been a member of St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church all his life. Bolus estimates between eighty and a hundred members of his extended family attend St. Elias, many of whom immigrated from the same Lebanese village of Weidi El Eish. Bolus and his brother, Norman, started the Lebanese Food Festival at St. Elias in 1999.