The 2016 Old Testament Challenge

If you, like many who read this website, are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or the diaconate, I'd like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Preachers Institute Old Testament Challenge. It starts on Sept. 15th. There is still time to join up and get started! There are many good reasons to want to read the entire Orthodox canon of the Old Testament, but to actually do it requires a certain commitment.  Yes, every book of t Read more…


Top 10 Tips for Attending Seminary

by Fr. Stephen Frase From our friend Fr. Stephen come these top 10 tips. What would you add to them? 1. Don't miss services, not even for studying or writing papers. 2. Go to confession, at least once every three weeks. 3. Ask difficult questions (really any question) to professors after class or during breaks. Do your best not to judge them. They are sinners in need of a Savior as we all are. 4. Being "right" is less Read more…


The Tonsuring of Monks

Not all clergy are married. Many are monastics. This article from 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 epi Read more…


Podcast episode #9: The Context of Discernment for the Priesthood

After making a plea for keeping ecclesial politics subordinated to our Unity and Love for one another, Fr. Anthony makes a case for the priesthood being one of many options for those desiring to serve God and His Church. He also spends time introducing a book on vocations that the founder of the GGWB website, Fr. John Peck, recently released.  Enjoy the show! Read more…


Discerning Vocations: Online Live Interview with Fr. Anthony and Fr. John

Fr. Anthony Perkins, editor-in-chief of Good Guys Wear Black, will be interviewed live, online on Thursday, May 19th at 9pm EST/6pm PST. "You're On with Fr. John", the live online program by host Fr. John A. Peck, will feature Fr. Anthony Perkins (and a few other visitors), as we answer questions about, and discuss in depth, discerning vocation in the Orthodox Church. The program will include spiritual preparation for your Read more…


Fr. Andrew Damick (AFR) – Is it Wrong to Want to be a Priest?

Fr. Andrew Damick (my friend and neighbor) hits the nail on the head (actually, several nails).  Orthodoxy is pastoral, but it seems to be populated by some people that love dogmatizing particular advice and ridiculing those who go against it.  It is certainly true that the discernment process takes place in the Church and that not everyone who feels called to the priesthood really is, but that hardly means that we should staff our paris Read more…


On Starting at a New Parish (AFR Podcast and Notes)

The Podcast is here. Review: Ten (Eleven!) Commandments for Pastors New to a Congregation In a previous post and podcast, I reviewed Rev. Lawrence W. Farris’ book Ten Commandments for Pastors Leaving a Congregation. It was full of good advice to help set your successor and the parish you are leaving up for success and ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running in your new assignment. In this post and podcast, I review Read more…