Patriarch Béchara-Raï
Coat of arms of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch
Coat of arms
Bechara Boutros al-Rahi
Installed 25 March 2011
Sui iuris churchMaronite
RiteWest Syro-Antiochene Rite
Established7th century
Current leadership
PatriarchBechara Boutros al-Rahi, OMM
Auxiliary BishopsJoseph Nafaa
Hanna Alwan, MLM
Paul Abdel Sater
Antoine Nabil Andari
Bishops emeritusSamir Mazloum
Guy-Paul Noujaim
Paul Nabil El-Sayah
Official site
Maronite Patriarch's Summer Residence in Dimane
Maronite Patriarch's Summer Residence in Dimane

The Maronite Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch (in Latin: Patriarchatus Antiochenus Maronitarum) is the seat of the Patriarch of the Maronite Church. It is currently governed by the Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, OMM.

The Maronite Church is one of several churches that lay claim to be the canonical incumbent of the ancient see of St. Peter and St. Paul in Antioch. The Syriac Catholic Church, and the Melkite Greek Catholic Church make the same claim, all of them Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the Holy See. The three mutually recognize each other as holding authentic patriarchates. The Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Oriental Orthodox Syriac Orthodox Church claim patriarchates as well. Moreover, the Roman Catholic Church appointed titular Latin Rite patriarchs for many centuries, until the office was left vacant in 1953 and abolished in 1964 and all claims renounced.


The Maronite Patriarchate extends its jurisdiction over all the Maronite faithful wherever they dwell.

The seat of the patriarchate is Bkerké in Keserwan District in Lebanon. Dimane (in Bsharri District) is the summer residence of the Patriarch. The Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Joubbé, Sarba and Jounieh is the eparchy of Maronite patriarch.

From Patriarchate of Antioch of the Maronites also depend directly:[1]

The Maronite Patriarch is a member by right of the Council of Catholic Patriarchs of the East.


See also



  1. ^ [Annuario pontificio 2010, p. 5.]
  2. ^ Giuseppe Simone Assemani, Joannes Notain Darauni. "Series chronologica patriarcharum Antiochiae". ex Typographia polyglotta, 1881 – via Internet Archive.

Coordinates: 33°58′05″N 35°38′01″E / 33.9681°N 35.6336°E / 33.9681; 35.6336