A native of Queens, Rachid Murad and his wife Ianthe, have been married for 19 years and together they have been blessed with three beautiful children.

Rachid graduated from Incarnation and Holy Cross High School in Queens, New York.  He then earned his B.A. in Political Science from St. John’s University and an M.P.A from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

In his last position, Rachid served as the Special Advisor to the Under Secretary General for the United Nations African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which is the largest international peace-keeping mission in the world.  In addition, he was part of the African Union’s (AU) Review Team in reviewing the AU’s Mission in Somalia.  Rachid has devoted his career to human rights and helping those that were impacted by poverty and violence.

In 2014, Rachid received God’s call and became an aspirant in the Diaconate Formation program through the Diocese of Brooklyn, and was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2019.  During his diaconate formation Deacon Rachid received his Masters in Theology from St. Joseph’s Seminary and he is now pursuing his doctorate at Duke University.