The head of the Melkite Church is the Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, and his official residence is in Damascus, Syria. The current Patriarch is His Beatitude Youssef Absi, who visited our Melkite parish in London on 6-11 February 2019. The Melkites mainly consist of Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinians, Jordanians and a small number of Egyptian people. In the West, however, there is an increasing number of non-Middle Eastern people joining the Melkite Church. Owing to emigration, there are now approximately as many Melkites in the West as there are in the home territories. Nonetheless, it is the largest Catholic community in Syria and Palestine, and the second largest in Lebanon. The Melkite Church is also called the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, because of its strong links with the Byzantine Greek tradition and the Roman Catholic Church.
For more information see their website: www.melkite.uk
Their Parish Priest is Abouna Shafiq
Image below is when the Bishop of London visited the parish and also met with Fr Robert (one of the Melkite priests)