I was going to vote, but the tab says that the poll is closed. So here’s how I identify:
Roman by law, Maronite by practice, Melkite at heart.
I was born and raised Roman Catholic, but fell in love with the East through the Ruthenian tradition. While living in Ann Arbor, MI. I knew a number of Maronite priests who had bi-ritual faculties to celebrate the Roman Mass. Their presence made me curious about the Maronites, but I never really ventured over to their parish in Flint.
After moving to Northern Virginia my wife and I discovered Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church and were hooked for the duration of our presence in VA. We were planning on officially becoming Melkite because we loved the tradition so much. The only thing that held us back was that we knew we’d be moving back to the Greater Cincinnati area one day and there isn’t a Melkite parish anywhere near here (there’s a Ruthenian mission in Dayton, OH., but it’s too far for us to travel given my job and our family situation). Both of our children are Baptized, Chrismated, and Communicated in the Melkite tradition, however.
Now that we are living in the Greater Cincinnati area (Northern Kentucky) we attend the Maronite parish whenever we can make it to Church on Sunday (my job and her health don’t always permit us to get to Mass/Liturgy on Sundays).
So: “Roman by birth; Maronite by practice; Melkite at heart.”