The Antiochian Orthoodox, according to orthodoxwiki/Word Magazine, have 236 parishes with 51,320 people (217 parishoners per parish). Their website says they have "4 hierarchs and over four hundred clergy in 238 churches and missions throughout the United States and Canada", a 1.68 clergy/church ratio.
By contrast, we have 27,207 registered Melkites in 35 parishes (777 Melkites per parish - an auspicious number, don't you think?
), served by two hierarchs, 103 major clergy (35 priests, 15 priests in a religious order, 43 deacons) with one more deacon coming in a few days. That's 2.22 secular clergy per parish. Though there are some quite large parishes in the eparchy, I'd imagine that a number of the Melkites are registered but not near any Melkite parish. Indeed, our parish sees some of these folks fairly often, including a significant Good Friday-Pascha influx (I know at least some are from outside our parish boundaries, as opposed to the usual Easter- and-Christmas Christians).
And as Father Deacon Lance points out, there are reportedly about a dozen missions waiting for a priest (bringing us down to 579 Melkites per congregation).
So, as you can see we have a higher nominal Melkite to parish ratio than our Antiochian sister Church, but the Antiochians have more parishes and about twice as many clergy. In terms of parishoners, they're about twice our size; they also have about five times the numbers of parishes and would-be missions.
I don't know what the reasons for this are. Ideas I'd put forward include:
- we had no eparchy until 1975; AO has had a variety of eparchies going back to 1904. I'm sure a good number of our immigrants Latinized (and Latinize), especially in the early parts of the last century. They've also had much longer to build themselves, whereas we've been just getting off our feet for much of the past 30 years.
- the AO has had whole Protestant congregations integrate with them, something we do not have.
- I also get the impression that they've been VERY good at evangelization
- most importantly, thus far God has been behind them, and their tenure of their patch of His vineyard has apparently been very good.