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    Priests, you don’t have to like your parish either

    In my post, “You Don’t Have to Like Your Priest”, I built on Brother Patrick’s essay to describe some of the reasons that people don’t like their Orthodox priests, making the general point that all of his foibles pale in comparison to the One Thing Needful which He serves and shares. Another dynamic Read more…

  • Chapter Seven of Fr. David's book has a chapter on how to relate to your priest: he uses the models of Lawyer, Doctor, Teacher, Artist, and Manager to help.

    You Don’t Have to Like Your Priest

    A reader recommended Brother Patrick Mary Briscoe's article "You Don't have to Like Your priest" (published on March 7, 2014 at Dominicana)   It is an excellent article and I recommend it, too.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery.  The following is patterned on Brother Patrick's essay.  Why Read more…

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    Some Good Advice on (NOT) Taking Offense

    If you aren't following Dn. Michael Hyatt (blog, Twitter, podcast, Facebook), then you have a wealth of practical wisdom waiting for you!  In this episode of his podcast, he takes on a critical skill: avoiding taking offense.  Let's face it: clergy have plenty of opportunity to get upset: they hear Read more…

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    Prayer as an Antidote and Cure for Burn-out

    One of the topics that has drawn the most comments to this and other pastoral blogs is that of clergy burn-out.  I have met well-meaning and venerable pastors who claim that burn-out can only happen to those who have not completely given their lives over to Christ.  They believe that kenosis and the Read more…

  • Are sandbox bullies destroying the peace of your parish?

    12 Reasons Why It Is Good To Be A Church Bully

    Being a priest is a blessing, but it's not always easy.  Rev. Erik Parker addresses one of the challenges of ministry: dealing with people who assert their fallen wills in unhealthy ways.  I have no doubt there are such people in our parishes; the question is how to deal with it.  They cannot be Read more…

  • Abbot Tryphon, All-Savior Monastery

    Something to understand about the priesthood…

    Abbot Tryphon says at the end of his essay;"I'm sharing all of this with you because I know your priest will not."  He's right; I'm reluctant to post it myself.  I've never countenanced whining, especially when it seems to cheapen the "One thing Needful."  But it's a good essay and worth sharing for Read more…

  • Ordination to the priesthood. Photo by Anton Pospelov / Pravoslavie.ru

    On the Need to Approach Ordination with Humility

    How to Avoid the Priesthood Priest Sergei BegianPravoslavie.ru  (16 December 2013) Whoever has been to an ordination knows how grace fills the church at the moment of the imposition of hands…. Joy fills the hearts of those praying, even if they do not personally know the person being Read more…

Feb
01

On the Priesthood, Book 1 – The Deception (St. John Chrysostom)

St. John Chrysostom, (Archangel Icons)

Treatise on the Priesthood, by St. John Chrysostom (source: www.ccel.org/fathers) Book I.  The Deception. 1. I had many genuine and true friends, men who understood the laws of friendship, and faithfully observed them; but out of this large number there was one who excelled all the rest in his attachment to me, striving to outstrip them as much as they themselves outstripped ordinary acquaintance. He was one of those who were Read more…

Jan
29

12 Reasons Why It Is Good To Be A Church Bully

Are sandbox bullies destroying the peace of your parish?

Being a priest is a blessing, but it's not always easy.  Rev. Erik Parker addresses one of the challenges of ministry: dealing with people who assert their fallen wills in unhealthy ways.  I have no doubt there are such people in our parishes; the question is how to deal with it.  They cannot be allowed to poison the parish, but how, exactly should we follow Rev. Parker's example and "stand up" to them?   As always, there Read more…

Jan
22

Don’t let the “modern project” motivate your calling to the priesthood (or anything else)

Fr. Stephen Freeman

This article is part of Fr. Stephen Freeman's series on "The Modern Project."  While I recommend all of the articles in the series, this one has special relevance for those who feel called to the priesthood.  Why?  Because I have met men who want to become priests so badly that they cannot imagine their lives being complete without it.  Some believe this nonsense so much that they are willing to "shop for a bishop" (even outside Read more…

Jan
06

Something to understand about the priesthood…

Abbot Tryphon, All-Savior Monastery

Abbot Tryphon says at the end of his essay;"I'm sharing all of this with you because I know your priest will not."  He's right; I'm reluctant to post it myself.  I've never countenanced whining, especially when it seems to cheapen the "One thing Needful."  But it's a good essay and worth sharing for at least three reasons; 1) those considering a vocation need to adjust their expectations to match the realities of life in clerical Read more…

Dec
21

On Priestly Formation: Small is Beautiful

Nicholai (Velimirovic), Bishop of Ohrid and Ziča; Seminary Professor; and Saint!

On Priestly Formation:Small is Beautiful By Father Geoffrey Korz, published in Orthodox Canada, 4:2 (02 April 2007). "No one has ever seen a saint leaving a lecture room or a library" - Mother GabrielaDid you hear the joke about the Protestant minister who had so many academic degrees, he could actually spell out short sentences with the letters after his name? If you haven't heard it, don't feel left out: it's a true story, not Read more…

Dec
20

On the Need to Approach Ordination with Humility

Ordination to the priesthood. Photo by Anton Pospelov / Pravoslavie.ru

How to Avoid the Priesthood Priest Sergei BegianPravoslavie.ru  (16 December 2013) Whoever has been to an ordination knows how grace fills the church at the moment of the imposition of hands…. Joy fills the hearts of those praying, even if they do not personally know the person being consecrated to the priestly rank. With what stateliness and joy do they sing the troparia “Holy Martyrs,” “Glory to Thee, O Christ God,” and “Dance, Read more…

Dec
12

Press Release

Photo by Svitlana Lymar Photography

PRESS RELEASE:  Fr. Anthony Perkins, Vocations Director of the UOC-USA, is the new webmaster of "Good Guys Wear Black", the premier website on Orthodox Christian Vocations   Fr. John Peck, the creator of the "Good Guys Wear Black"(GGWB) website, recently turned the management of the site over to Fr. Anthony Perkins.  Fr. Anthony is excited by this opportunity to help men discern their path; "I was so honored and energized when Fr. Read more…