Clarification about Maronite vs. Eastern Orthodox rite

Re: "The road to the monastery" (10/10/13)

How wonderful to read of the upcoming ordination of Brother Patrick Kokorian. A small clarification for the article is necessary, though.

The article states that Brother Patrick and the monks of Most Holy Trinity Monastery pray the office "according to the Eastern Orthodox rite." According to the Holy Trinity Monastery website, "As monks of the Maronite Catholic Church, we chant daily in English the Divine Office and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Maronite rite."

The Maronite Catholic Church, both fully and faithfully Catholic, is one of more than 20 liturgical rites present in the Catholic Church today. Due to the small percentage of Eastern Catholics in the United States, many confuse these churches with the Eastern Orthodox Church, with whom Eastern Catholics share our spirituality and many traditions.

May God grant His servant, Brother Patrick, peace, health and happiness for many years.

Patricia M.L. Johnson

Morgantown, W.Va.

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