From Irish Soldier to Orthodox Priest

By Christos Mouzeviris Father Thomas Carroll is a 70-year-old priest in Dublin, Ireland. He grew up rural county Tipperary, in a family with strong military ties. His father fought in Gallipoli, while his great uncle was at the battle of Thessalonica during the first World War. Growing up in a Catholic secondary school, he felt called to take holy orders but was told he was not ready, so he followed the family tradition and joined the military. “We seem to be a family that was always involved militarily. There was discipline among us, but the rules were not too strict. Yet, I could never consider myself a free spirit,” he recalls. It … [Read more...]

“I Ran Out of the Catholic Church, Vowing Never to Return”

An Interview with Fr. Sergius Labunsky, a former Roman Catholic We continue to publish the materials of Spas TV program My Path To God where Priest George Maximov interviews people who converted to Orthodoxy after searching for the truth for a long time. Today the guest of Father George’s program is Priest Sergius Labunsky. His adolescent interest in Medieval Europe initially led him to a Catholic church and even to a Catholic monastery, but eventually he found the path to the true Orthodox faith. In this interview, Father Sergius tells us about his journey to Orthodoxy and the things he could not find in Catholicism. We will also discuss … [Read more...]

Called To Orthodoxy

A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith. by Sherie Mercier Where do I begin? I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan, on the shores of SW Lake Michigan – across the lake from Chicago, 61 years ago. My parents were not very religious, in fact, they attended a Methodist church in my hometown. The pastor was a medical doctor and eventually left the active ministry and set up shop as a General Family practitioner. My parents stopped attending church and after that I never remember them ever stepping into a church at all, even to this day. My mother is deceased but my … [Read more...]

Group of Catholics in Argentina Convert to Orthodoxy

This just in! A group of Catholics in Argentine decide to convert in Orthodoxy after Patriarch Kirill’s sermon. A collective of the Caritas charitable organization in Argentinian Curuzu decided to adopt Orthodoxy as they were deeply impressed by Patriarch Kirill's sermon during his tour to Latin America this February. “During the patriarch’s visit he (a Caritas official from Curuzu) watched the translation from Asuncion. He was deeply touched by our primate’s words and the fact that he visited a small provincial town Asuncion and serve in a small church and said a wonderful sermon,” Metropolitan Ignaty of Argentina and South America said … [Read more...]