Dec
02

The Priesthood and the Vision Thing

Every priest needs to have a vision for his priesthood and for the parish he serves.  Because today's blog is a continuation of yesterday's on leadership, this post will focus on the latter. So... do you have done the hard work of discerning a vision for your parish? Most of us haven't.  If we Read more…

Dec
01

“Can’t I Just Serve Well?”

This is a question/conversation that comes up fairly regularly with seminarians and priests.  I strongly believe that in most American parishes it is NOT enough to just serve well and that one of the things we are called to do as "fathers" is lead. Yes, we need to strengthen our own life in Read more…

Nov
30

Self-Discipline, Camaraderie, and the Demon of Noonday

Even in the West, where we have built up huge walls to keep it out (and bread and circuses to keep us busy when the siege is strong and infiltrations are many), pain makes its way into our lives.  Pain may not be the right word; I'm not talking about the sudden "oops I stubbed my toe" sensation, but Read more…

Nov
10

GGWB Episode #16: Honor Among Priests

"Honor Among Priests" Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black Podcast (AFR, 10 November 2016) In this episode, Fr. Anthony uses insights from his former career in intelligence to explain the spiritual vulnerability of our priests (and the need for vigilance). After a commercial break for a new Read more…

Nov
06

A Code of Conduct for the Brotherhood of Priests (a first cut)

When I joined the Army, we were quickly taught the Army Values, the Soldier's Creed, and the Code of Conduct (and similar sets of rules/expectations). We learned them by memory and had to recite them – and live by them– even under stress. At the same time we began learning the unwritten rules of the Read more…

Nov
04

Supplications for Vocations (during the Litany of Fervent Supplication)

Again we pray to You, All bountiful and loving God, to open the hearts and minds of the men and women of our parish family to hear the call of our Lord to the priestly and monastic life in service to our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, dedicated to the Holy Gospel and the salvation of our Read more…

Oct
14

GGWB Episode 15: The Priest as Shaman?

In this episode, Fr. Anthony begins by talking about the need to build joy into our routines. Then, after a (satirical) commercial break, he calls for Orthodox priests to consider taking on the role of Orthodox shaman as well. Read more…