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 Read more…


Married Life and Asceticism

by Deacon Pavel Serzhantov It all began with our forefathers, Adam and Eve. They received a commandment in paradise not to taste of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (cf. 2:17). The commandment not to “taste of this or that” is quite well known to any Orthodox Christian. This is the Read more…


The “Call” Of The Priest’s Wife: Part 7

by Athanasia Papadimitriou Titles for Priests' Wives Priests' wives are known by different titles in various Orthodox traditions and jurisdictions. Although the titles are different, they all acknowledge the special place of the priest's wife in the parish. In the Greek Orthodox Church, the title Read more…


The “Call” Of The Priest’s Wife: Part 6

by Athanasia Papadimitriou The Priest's Wife's Level of Commitment to Her Husband's Ministry Today's priest's wife has many options with respect to how much time and energy to commit to her husband's ministry. She can be a full-time mother or homemaker. She can work full-time or part-time Read more…


The “Call” Of The Priest’s Wife: Part 5

by Athanasia Papadimitriou Late Call Priests and Converts Certain women face special challenges in deciding to share their husbands' ministry. In some cases, their husbands may have chosen to follow the call to the priesthood later in life. Such women face major emotional changes in their Read more…


The “Call” Of The Priest’s Wife: Part 4

by Athanasia Papadimitriou The Priest's Wife's Consent to, and Participation in, the Priest's Ordination The priest's wife plays an important role in her husband’s ordination. First of all, she must consent in writing that she is willing for her husband to be ordained. As "one flesh" with her Read more…


The “Call” Of The Priest’s Wife: Part 3

by Athanasia Papadimitriou The Sacrament Bonds between the Priest and His Wife Two events in the life of a priest's wife stand out: her wedding day, and the day of her husband's ordination. These two events in the Church form the sacramental bonds between the priest and his wife. First, with the Read more…