:Metropolitan [[Gerasimos (Messara) of Beirut|Gerassimos (Messerah) of Beirut]] received a Western Rite movement in England before World War I, and Metropolitan [[Germanos (Shehadi) of Zahle|Germanos (Shehadi)]], while resident in the United States, engaged in negotiations to receive a [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] movement in Mexico in the 1920s. Neither of these projects resulted in a continuing community. They are noticed here to demonstrate that an Orthodox Western Rite is not a recent project.
:Our present Western Rite Vicariate began with the return of a few parishes of converts that had dropped out of our diocese in the difficult days after World War I
. It was approved by the late Patriarch Alexander and was finally received in the early 1950s. There are presently some twenty centers. There are no invented services: the parishes use either the form approved for Overbeck or for Patriarch Tikhon, now a saint of the Church.[http://www.westernorthodox.com/twain]
Thus, in some sense, the Antiochian Archdiocese "inherited" the parishes which made up the Western Rite Vicariate.
===The Vicariate today===
Since its founding in 1958, the Western Rite Vicariate has nearly doubled in size and now consists of a rapidly growing dimension of the Church's mission in America [http://www.stcolumbachurch.org/aboutorthodox.cfm], including
16 [[parish]]es and 7 missions. Because of his association with the founding of the [[Western Rite]] in America, the Vicariate holds St. [[Tikhon of Moscow]] as its [[patron saint]].
*[http://www.emmanuelorthodox.org/ Emmanuel Orthodox Catholic Church], Warren, MA
*[http://www.ststephensorthodox.org/ St. Stephens Orthodox Catholic Church], Springfield, MA
*[http://www.stgregoryoc.org/ St. Gregory the Great Church],
Falls Church, VA
*[http://www.stmichaeloc.org/ St. Michael the Archangel Mission], Wichita, KS
*[http://www.stvincentchurch.org/ St. Vincent of Lerins Church], Omaha, NE