Of Lebanese heritage, and Maronite faith, this is Chukralla (shook-ra-la), Lina's grandfather on her father's side. The name Chukralla means "Thanks be to God" in Arabic. Lina's grandfather became a priest after he was married with children. The Maronite faith, much like the Greek Orthodox, allows the betrothal of priests. He studied with the Jesuits in Lebanon., and was a man of strong faith, intellect. discipline and wisdom. Having turned down a rare opportunity to be a professor at a Boston University, Chukralla opted to stay with his family, and continue his teachings there. Although he passed away before Lina was born, she shares a strong bond of his faith and spirituality.