The Long Journey of a Swiss Catholic to Orthodoxy

Pierre Haab, a Swiss former Catholic who was disappointed with his religion and was carried away by Buddhism, Hinduism and other screamingly “fashionable” Eastern teachings and who is now a subdeacon of the Orthodox Cathedral of the Exaltation of the Cross in Geneva, speaks about his conversion to Orthodoxy. by Aviv Saliu-Diallo —Can you tell us a few words about your family, education and the story of your conversion to the Orthodox faith? I was born in an under-developed, impoverished, hungry country where the sky is permanently overcast with dark clouds—of course, in the spiritual sense. I am speaking of Switzerland, and especially of … [Read more...]

A Journey from Western Christianity via Hinduism to Orthodoxy

What a path, through Hinduism to Orthodoxy and the True Faith! Fr. Nikon of New Skete [Mount Athos] remembers an Englishman who was troubled by his Church and went to India, Calcutta, in search of a genuine spiritual experience. He studied at the Hindu Faculty for four years, but still he did not find what he was looking for… “And the principal of the Faculty of Theology, of that foreign religion in Calcutta, tells him: ‘If you want something deeper, then go to the Orthodox’. And this was told to him by one of another religion.” And then he found that the Monastery across the street from his house is actually the Essex … [Read more...]

How A Hindu from Fiji Became An Orthodox Priest

By Fr. Barnabas Nair Greetings to all my beloved Orthodox Christians. I am Fr. Barnabas from Labasa, the second largest island in Fiji. I am taking the opportunity to convey to you how I found the truth in the Orthodox Church. When I first met His Eminence Mr. Amphilochios on my island Vanua Levu in the city of Savusavu it was a Saturday morning on the 18th of June in 2010. When he visited me in my store, he was standing near my door. I thought he was an ordinary man, but then I saw that he wore a pectoral cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. I took him into my shop. I was very happy and my tears were rolling when I shook hands with him. … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion of ROCOR Visits India,Celebrates Liturgy

Metropolitan Hilarion the first Hierarch of ROCOR arrived in Mumbai on the 10th pf January 2013 and was warmly welcomed by the local people. Former Metropolitan John Augustine of the Anglican church hosted a welcome dinner later that evening to mark this historical moment of ROCOR’s first metropolitan in recent times who has visited the Indian sub continent. Silouan Sunil Benedict from St John Chrysostom Orthodox Church, Banaglore was raised and tonsured to the rank of Reader. Since there is no church building in India yet, the service was held at the residence of a Serbian Orthodox faithful. Deacon Fr George Yurij Maximov made all … [Read more...]