Gentlemen: Orthodox Christianity is Not for Sissies

by Fr. John Guy Winfrey I had a woman parishioner tease me that sometimes I make her feel a little uncomfortable. A couple of the things she mentioned that contributed to her minor anxiety were that I like shooting guns (and have built my own AR15), I love a good dark beer or a straight up whiskey, and I love and support our military. Then she chuckled. But she has a point. I’m all man. I often tease that in Texas all we guys of my generation were raised to think we were John Wayne… or Steve McQueen. As I’ve considered this exchange a little more it has reinforced one of the perceived problems of much of American Christianity; it’s been … [Read more...]

I was a Catholic Priest: The Story of Fr. John Tanveer

by Fr. John Tanveer I was a Catholic priest. I was waiting for the opportunity to convert to Orthodoxy for fifteen years, and the opportunity to become an Orthodox priest - three more years. The Lord felt my desire. I belonged to the Catholic community and entered the seminary in 1974, and four years later I continued my studies at another institute, studied Holy Scripture, church and civil law, church history and ethics for six more years. I remember how I prayed: "Lord, you are my Father, if I am worthy to be a priest, Your servant, please grant me the courage to serve You and Your people." My journey to Orthodoxy began in 1990. … [Read more...]

Davenport, IL Priest Moves Fast to Join Russian Orthodox Church

After 15 years as an Anglican priest, including six years as the rector of Trinity Church in Rock Island, the Rev. Thomas Janikowski is converting to Russian Orthodoxy.By the time he and his wife, Shelly, get back from a New York trip, he will be an ordained deacon and priest in the Russian Orthodox church’s Western Rite Communities. He will celebrate the Liturgy of St. Gregory the Great on Sunday as a fully ordained priest of the St. Athanasius parish at 228 W. 15th St., Davenport. Sunday Matins will be sung at 8:15 a.m. with a Divine Liturgy at 9 followed by food and fellowship. The church — once a tattoo parlor named “Joe’s Garage” — is … [Read more...]

33 Children Baptized Need Sponsors

Mass Baptism organized for this Sunday 18th February by Fr Constantinos Eliud Muthiru for 33 Children- 16 boys and 17 girls! Fr Constantinos is humbly seeking any willing Orthodox person who would like to act as a Sponsor/ Godparent to one of these children and help to welcome them into our faith. This also would allow for an ongoing relationship with that child and am opportunity to share of yourself and be part of this Children’s Ministry at Saint Irene’s Mission Kenya. A payment of $25 would help pay for the baptismal robe and a few other related expenses. At present Fr Constantinos has no baptismal crosses. If you are interested please … [Read more...]