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    What a Clergyman Should and Should Not Be

    Presentation by His Grace Bishop Christoforos of Andida. It is truly an exceptional honour but also a great responsibility for all of us that we have been chosen by God to be clergymen. The Lord Himself affirms: “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16). The Greek word for a c Read more…

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    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 w Read more…

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    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 th Read more…

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    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 c Read more…

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    About Wearing Cassocks and Other Good Habits

    About Wearing Cassocks and Other Good Habits Fr. Lawrence Farley May 27, 2016, No Other Foundation I am a great fan of the BBC series “Call the Midwife”, which features a group of Anglican sisters working among the poor in a London neighbourhood as midwives. Their order is fictional, but is bas Read more…

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    A Few Thoughts on Narcissism in the Priesthood

    One of the most popular (and useful) GGWB articles of all time is "Signs in a Congregation That a Leader Has Covert Narcissistic Personality Disorder"  If you look at the comments to that article, you will see indicators of something that researchers have confirmed: 1) the proportion of pathological Read more…

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    Nine Secrets Your Pastor’s Wife Wishes You Knew

    by Christina Stolaas She’s always there. Sometimes in the background, sometimes with a welcoming smile up front, sometimes noticed and appreciated, sometimes being silently judged. Your pastor’s wife; the powerful force behind most church leaders often perceived as a mystery by the rest of the chu Read more…

Nov
30

Day3of40 – 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 about that deep bone ache that sneaks its way into our core and threatens to infect our lives from the inside out.  It g a crows into a cons Read more…

Nov
29

Day2of40 – A Paean to the Reliable Naysayer

Many of the personalities that populate our parishes seem to come out of central casting: the community historian, the pious worshiper, the issue advocate, the reliable worker ... the list goes on and on.  When priests seek advice from other preists about how to best lead, manage, and serve them, all it takes is a quick game of "name that tune" (i.e. "I can name that personality type in three notes!") and understanding is achieved, Read more…

Nov
28

Day1of40 – A Reflection on a Quiet Celebration

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to do something special; I concelebrated with a man on the 44th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.  From the outside it looked pretty simple: just a quiet service in a small chapel.  On this, what I hope to be the first of a "40 Days of (Old Calendar) Advent Blogging", I'd like to share some observations from this quiet service. - Fr. Anthony  Vladimir Lossky writes that the goal Read more…

Nov
22

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…

Nov
16

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 begin instruction in the only comprehensive Spanish Language Orthodox Christian seminary in the world. More information can be found Read more…

Nov
15

The Origins of Priesthood and Orthodox Doctrine

An interview with Fr. Seraphim Cardoza Fr. Seraphim Cardoza (www.StInnocentOrthodoxChurch.org) talks about the Early Church worship, the spread of Christianity in the first centuries after Christ, and the origins of priesthood on the program Focus Today.     The Origins of Priesthood and Orthodox Doctrine   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 type of Paschal vestment, he then offers a first draft of a priestly "Code of Honor". Enjoy the show! The text of the draft Priestly Read more…