Feb
25

Episode 23: Hunger, Social Media Silence, and the Stickiness of the Priestly Profession

Hunger, Social Media Silence, and the Stickiness of the Priestly Profession by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  February 24, 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony expresses how much he looks forward to having his old friend hunger back around, laments the lack of discernment Read more…

Feb
09

Episode 22: Young Elders and Confession

“Young Elders and Confession” by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast) In this episode Fr. Anthony talks about the problem of "young elders" in the post-Soviet Russian Orthodox Church (and in our own) and then, after a commercial break, shares his approach and advice on Read more…

Feb
07

Episode 21: Benedict Sheehan on the State of Music in American Orthodoxy

"Why Orthodox Can’t Sing . . . and How to Fix It" by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast) Benedict Sheehan is the Director of Music at St. Tikhon's Seminary and the author of the Ancient Faith Radio blog, "The Music Stand".  In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss the state Read more…

Feb
03

Advice for priests who feel sorry for themselves (from St. Leo the Great)

I came across this gem while preparing for a Bible Study class on the readings for the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (esp. 2 Timothy 3:10-15).  This mirrors the advice given to a friend by his doctor when my friend complained about the pain an upcoming procedure was sure to inflict.  In Read more…

Feb
03

The Declining Parish as a Grieving Mother

A few months ago I was invited to a clergy retreat for traditional Anglican clergy.  It was a wonderful experience.  One of the speakers was Fr. Peter Geromel.  During the Q&A portion of his talk on "The Comforts of the Priesthood", he mentioned that parishes that were missing an entire Read more…

Jan
24

The Problem of “Young Elders” in the post-Soviet Russian Orthodox Church

The problem of "young elders" is not limited to the Post-Soviet Church.  There, the problem was partly a consequence of the need to provide priests to serve all the new parishes etc. as the Russian Orthodox Church recovered from the collapse of the Soviet Union.  However, the combination of a Read more…

Jan
10

How to Get Competent Musical Leaders (Benedict Sheehan)

Addressing the Crisis:  Part II of the Musical Culture in Crisis series. Benedict Sheehan, The Music Stand (Ancient Faith Blogs) 06 January 2016 Orthodox church music in America is collapsing. What can we do? The first step is simply to recognize that a collapse is taking place. However, Read more…