Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church is one of 22 Eastern Catholic Churches that, along with the one Western Catholic Church (the Roman Catholic Church) make up the Universal Catholic Church. We are, and always have been, in full communion with the Universal Catholic Church. The Maronite Church, officially known as the Antiochene Syriac Maronite Church, has flourished in the Patriarchate of Antioch, founded by Peter, Head of the Apostles. We derive our name from Saint Maron, a 4th-century hermit monk, who lived in Apamea, Syria.
The Maronite Church began as a monastic community in the Monastery of Saint Maron on the Orontes River in Syria, later seeking refuge from persecution in the Mountains of North Lebanon. Today, Maronite communities can be found all throughout the world. Our Divine Liturgy is one of the oldest in the Catholic Church, preserving the language of Christ (Aramaic).