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
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
18

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…

Jan
17

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…