The Maronites (Arabic:
transliteration: Mawārinah, Syriac:
Latin: Ecclesia Maronitarum) are members of the Syriac Eastern
Catholic Churches, with a heritage reaching back to Maron, a
hermit who lived in the 4th century north of Syria. The Maronite
Church is a Catholic Church following the Antiochene Syriac
tradition and rite, and flourished in a monastic spirituality.
Committed to preaching the Gospel and fighting heresies, the
Maronite monks founded the Maronite Church. Governed by its own
jurisdiction, the Maronite Church elected the first Maronite
Patriarch of Antioch, St. John Maron who was both a church and a
civil leader (685-707). The Maronite Patriarch resides in
Lebanon but the Maronites are spread all over the world. They
carry the doctrines of their faith with them wherever they go and one of the pillars of their faith is their devotion to Mary,
Our Lady of Lebanon.
Our Lady of Lebanon church in Flint,
Michigan, which was built in 1976, is an exemplar of the Maronites’ love
for their Mother Mary. Just like Our Mother Mary, our church is a
loving, welcoming place where people can adore God and discover the
richness of the Maronite rite in addition to the greatness of the
Catholic faith. Our parish brings together the best that West and the
East have to offer. It has carried the fine traditions of our culture,
its family values and its strong faith in our Lord. At the same time, it
has embraced human rights, tolerance and acceptance of every man. Our
fine traditions and our modern outlook will enrich our Christian faith
and our strength as a united Christian community, under the ever
watchful eye of the Lord and his blessed Mother.
Fr. Paul Tarabay O.M.M.
Our Lady of Lebanon, Flint, MI.