From Personal Crisis to Orthodox Christian

by Diana Lindsay Chapdelaine The beginning of my journey came from my Greek American grandmother, who was born in Greece and emigrated to the United States when she was fifteen. She had an icon of St. Pantelemon in her bedroom which my grandfather had brought from a monastery in Greece when he served there during […]

Evgenia’s Journey to Orthodoxy

Lest we forget, there are many souls alive today who lived during the Communist oppression of Christianity, and Orthodox was the principle victim, but in so suffering showed the indestructibility of the Church, and the pernicious quality of the Gospel even in persecution! by Evgenia I was born in communist Bulgaria in the late sixties […]

My Orthodox Journey

by Alison Cloonan I was not baptized in the Orthodox Church when I converted from Protestantism. This has become a subject of intense controversy, but fortunately for me it was not when I received the Chrism of the Holy Spirit into the Orthodox faith twenty years ago. And even today I would not change my mind, […]

Never Say “Never” To Jesus: Part Two

Part two  of why, no matter how varied, demonic, or resistant your background, you should never say ‘NEVER’ to Jesus. by Hannah Well, after a couple of years of God sending people, I finally surrendered my life to him and joined a Protestant Church. To be honest at first it was our of fear from […]

Never Say “Never” To Jesus: Part One

Another installment of our series on women who become Orthodox without their husbands, this is a powerful story of why one should never say ‘never’ to Jesus, and that no matter how sinful, demonic, or crazy your past, Jesus has a future for you. by Hannah I am an African/Native American woman. Our family were […]

Julianna’s Journey: Part Three

The final installment of Julianna’s Journey. by Julianna By early 2012, I finally came to the conclusion that it didn’t matter what I agreed or disagreed with in Orthodoxy. Who was I, 2000 years removed from the source, to try and interpret or say what Christianity was? Who was I to say I disagreed with […]

Julianna’s Journey: Part Two

Part two of Julianna’s Journey, and another addition to our series on women who convert to Orthodoxy without their husbands. by Julianna In the fall of 2010 I was hanging out with my sister-in-law and our girl friends at a Barnes & Noble. She randomly said to all of us, “I’ve been thinking about and […]

Julianna’s Journey: Part One

More entries on our series for women who convert to Orthodoxy without their husbands.  by Julianna I grew up in a family that didn’t really practice any religion. My father had grown up in the Roman Catholic Church and left as a teenager. My mother had grown up in the Southern Baptist tradition, but from a […]

On Going It Alone

by Angela Doll Carson Next in our series on women coming into the Orthodox faith without their husbands, this article is actually an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Angela’s book, Nearly Orthodox, which you can purchase from Ancient Faith Publishing, and from Amazon. Our thanks to Angela for allowing us to republish it. Buy her […]

A Major Minority: Converting without Your Spouse

This is the first of the articles we received after a call for stories about women who converted to Orthodoxy without their husbands, and the difficult, but surprisingly blessed, road they faced.  by Emilia When I initially heard the call for stories of Orthodox women who are married and converted without their husbands, I was […]