Aug
12

Episode #11; Evangelism is the Answer (with Bill Marianes)

Bill Marianes (of Stewardship Calling)  was giving a talk at the Ukrainian Orthodox League Convention; being the incredibly generous soul he is, he agreed to sit down for an interview to talk about how to energize and organize our parishes to the glory of God and the spreading of the Good News. The result? I think it's podcast gold.  - Fr Anthony Evangelism is the Answer, (Good Guys Wear Black, AFR) Fr. Anthony Perkins (11 Read more…

Aug
08

The Tonsuring of Monks

Not all clergy are married. Many are monastics. This article from pravmir.com sheds some light on what the Church does to make a man a monk. I imagine that very few Orthodox have ever observed the rite for the tonsuring of a monastic.  The first time I observed the rite was during my stay at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania, where a priest who had been recently elected bishop was being tonsured a monk prior to his Read more…

Jul
19

What Is It To Be A “Former” Priest

Interviewed by Alexander Vygovskyy For obvious reasons, we do not use real names and places, so as not to repeatedly "rub salt in the wound" in the soul of a man who has lost the honor of being a priest and serving the altar. So, our source — Alexander, is now just Alexander ... Let us need the wisdom of his experience. – Alexander, tell us your story. How is it that you were defrocked? — To clarify the situation, it is Read more…

Jul
07

Discerning Your Vocation to the Priesthood Ebook Now Available

The Calling. Those of us who are clergy know it and know how relentless and ephemeral it can be sometimes. Discerning a Vocation to Holy Orders (Deacon, Priest, or Bishop) is not something to be taken lightly, or under one's own initiative. This guide, originally made available during the "You're On with Fr. John" program on Vocations, is now available to you. For those accepting a calling from Christ to serve as clergy, there is no Read more…

Jun
24

Do Clothes Make the Man? Keeping the Cassock

by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos (The cassock) has a history connected with sacrifices, struggles, tears and blood. … To clergy the cassock reminds them that they are spiritual physicians and not just social workers. The life of the cleric is sacrificial, an ongoing offering that requires the coming out of one’s self to offer himself to others. This is connected with the struggles, the sacrifices, the patience in slanders and Read more…

Jun
11

Abbot Tryphon – graceful love (not therapy) is needed

Self-Appointed Therapists: When correcting others becomes a form of abuse Abbot Tryphon in The Morning Offering (11 June 2016) When focusing on the sins of others, we set for ourselves the mission of correcting them. We see ourselves as called to help this poor, unfortunate one by pointing out their sins, and telling them how they can be a better person. We are not being critical, but helpful, we tell ourselves. "Don't take Read more…

Jun
04

A Case Study in Church Division – and repentance

This article, "The Widowmaker Repents", recently appeared in my Facebook Newsfeed.  It's a couple years old, but still well worth the read. One of the challenges of Orthodoxy in America is that so many of our parishes were founded out of schism.  Whether the split was from Rome (as is the case for so many parishes now with the OCA, UOC-USA, and Carpatho-Russians) or not, the legacy of division is often generations of toxicity, Read more…