Seven Steps to Take if the Cartel and Bullies Run You Out of the Church

by Thom Rainer A church cartel is an alliance of bullies, bully-followers, and even non-Christians in the church. Its ultimate goal is to get its way. It feeds off of selfish power. Bullies love positions of authority in church, and they quickly form Cartels. This is a common thing in the Church, Read more…


Ordination to the Diaconate: St. Petersburg Theological Academy

Another video from the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, this time a video edited to 10 minutes, the ordination of a subdeacon to the order of deacon. Another visual and musical feast, and worth the time to enjoy!   Ordination to the Diaconate: St. Petersburg Theological Academy Read more…


Ordination to the Priesthood: St. Petersburg Theological Academy

This video of a deacon being ordained to the Holy Priesthood was taken on October 18, 2015, on the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, in St. Petersburg Theological Academy in Russia. It's a visual and musical feast to behold, so be attentive as it has been edited for time. A beautiful video! Read more…


Which Professions Are Incompatible With The Priesthood?

All dioceses of the Russian Church will soon be receiving the document “Professions compatible and incompatible with the priesthood,” intended for broad discussion, writes the Church’s official site. The draft document was created by order of an inter-council commission dated January 28, 2015. To Read more…


What is a Priest? An Orthodox Statement

by Thomas Hopko The following remarks are intended as a brief apologia for what I understand to be the theological and spiritual vision of the sacrament of the priesthood in the Christian Church. I believe that this vision is rooted in the Church’s understanding of God as the Holy Trinity, with Read more…


The Orthodox Priesthood and the Love for God

A deep study of the Orthodox priesthhood by Archimandrite (now Bishop) Irenei Steenberg. Enjoy!     The Orthodox Priesthood and the Love for God Read more…


Pastoral School to Provide Comprehensive Seminary Instruction in Spanish

Glorious news! With the blessing of Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America, President of the Pastoral School, and Bishop John of Caracas and South America, the Pastoral school is pleased to announce that beginning in February 2017 the Spanish Language Sector of the Pastoral School will Read more…