In 2009, the interest and mission of the MYA was renewed when Fr. Elie Mikhael, was appointed by Bishop Gregory Mansour, of the Eparchy of St. Maron, to start an eparchial Maronite Young Adult program (MYA). With the vision and encouragement of Cecilia Romero of St. Joseph Maronite Church in Atlanta, GA, the first Maronite Young Adult Workshop took place October 30 – November 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The event attracted 80 active Maronite Young Adults from numerous parishes from both eparchies covering two main topics: Starting MYA Groups in every parish and strengthening existing MYA groups through events and activities. After a very successful start, work immediately began for the 2nd MYA Workshop in 2010. Working alongside Fr. Elie Mikhael, was now Fr. Elias Sleiman, appointed by Bishop Robert Shaheen of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, to help foster growth and unity for the Maronite young adults from both eparchies.
In early 2011, an official MYA Board was appointed and working with the MYA directors, were tasked with putting forth a plan and agenda for the future of the MYA on a national level. Through the direction of Fr. Elie, Fr. Elias, and the MYA National Board, annual workshops were held and continued to attract a growing number of young adults throughout the country from almost every parish.
In 2014, through the direction of Bishops Gregory Mansour and Elias Zaidan, two new National Board Directors were appointed, Fr. Rodolph Wakim of the Eparchy of St. Maron and Fr. Tony Massad of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon. Sister Therese Maria Touma from the Maronite Sisters of Christ the Light was also appointed to work with the new directors to provide support and leadership. In 2016, Sr. Therese Maria was appointed by Bishop Gregory Mansour to replace Fr. Rodolph as the MYO/MYA Coordinator for the Eparchy of Saint Maron.
Today, the Maronite Young Adult Workshops continue to foster growth in fellowship, spirituality, and unity for the Maronite young adults who attend on a national level along with helping to plan and coordinate regional workshops and events. The Maronite young adults throughout the United States play a significant part in their parish lives, in the National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM) organization, and have helped start the International Maronite World Youth Forum under the direction of the Maronite Patriarch in Lebanon. For more information, please visit www.maroniteyoungadults.org