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I'm coming late to this conversation, but I was wondering what the process for a non-Christian to convert to Melkite Catholicism looks like? A Jewish friend of mine currently attends the divine liturgy and is interested in converting, but I didn't see anything like an RCIA program at the Melkite Church.

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Keep in mind, a lot of Melkites worship at Latin churches. Heck, I'd say the majority of the local Melkite parish near where I live, aren't even Melkite (at least one family is Greek Orthodox). Many of them are other Byzantine Catholics, and more than a few are Latins. The late Fr. Michael Hull lamented that the Arabs didn't seem to want to be Melkite (he was biritual, and he very much supported both traditions). Abouna was even learning Arabic at time he died. (He already knew some).
Some of this is for historical reason, but, just like I shouldn't be shamed for being Latin, Eastern Catholics shouldn't be shamed for being Eastern. This, has sadly, not always been the case, and a lot of older Melkites may still have the attitude that "Latin is better".
It's not that they're not there, it's just that they're attending church elsewhere. As to the overall number, no idea, and historical migration patterns aren't going to help give you an estimate.

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Christ is in our midst!!

Tobias Philip,

Welcome to the forum.

As for your thread, has your friend asked the Melkite priest what is required? That has always seemed to me to be the best avenue to joining any organization. Why not ask the leader of said organization? Works for the Church, too.

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