Last year during Lent, our parish made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and we all noticed that every single men's monastery that we encountered--and there were a LOT--was populated almost exclusively by Greeks. And all the monastics in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem were Greek. As well as those at the Church of the Seven Apostles in Galilee, and the Church of the Marriage Feast in Cana. And, of course the Patriarch of Jerusalem himself, whom we met, was also Greek.
Our question then and my question now is: Why no Arabs? Why are these monasteries and churches importing Greeks rather than recruiting local Arab Christians? I know part of the answer is that the Arab Christian population is dwindling. But wouldn't having a stronger Arab presence help to stop or slow the hemorrhaging of Arab Christians from the Holy Land? Certainly having an Arab rather than a Greek on the patriarchal throne wouldn't hurt.
(We saw four women's monasteries: three were Russian, one was Romanian. Still no Arabs.)