Pastor Finds A Home In Orthodoxy

The Rev. Daniel Hackney, a self-professed "ecumenical mutt," has found a home in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Father Daniel, 45, grew up in a Baptist family, was active in the evangelical Jesus movement, attended Assembly of God and Roman Catholic universities, and served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for 10 years. On Sunday, he was ordained an Antiochian Orthodox priest by Bishop Mark Maymon, bishop of Toledo and the Midwest Diocese, in a ceremony at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church in Sylvania. … [Read more...]

Cannon Street’s Spiritual Heaven

Monasteries are in short supply these days, but three out-of-country monks have now found peace, quiet and prayer nine times a day at a new haven on Cannon Street East. These monks don't mind if you stop by. Somebody did visit on behalf of an online review site called Mystery Worshippers. The guest complains about "a spate of sirens" during the service. But on comfort, he reports "it was probably the best pew I've ever experienced." And how did the service make him feel? "Ecstatic and, dare I say, a little envious of Orthodox Christians." So I'm off to Mass, on that struggling stretch of Cannon, just west of Wentworth, … [Read more...]

An Interview with Troy Polamalu

The Mane Man By Gina Mazza Pittsburgh Magazine, August 2009 Football is a given: How was this year's Super Bowl experience versus XL? Tomlin versus Cowher? Goals for the coming season? Fatherhood is new in Polamalu's life since the birth of his son, Paisios, named after a beloved contemporary Greek Orthodox monastic, Elder Paisios, on Oct. 31, 2008. Has daddy-dom been life-changing? Will he encourage his son to play professional sports? How's that beautiful new mom doing? And last but not least: Faith. In order to properly meet Polamalu where he lives, this is the requisite, the grounding force that gives meaning to everything he … [Read more...]

Protestant Baptized Orthodox on Mt. Athos

On Saturday August 8th, 2009 at the Sacred Monastery of Docheiariou on the Holy Mountain, in a touching atmosphere, a German by the name of Dominik Weiel, a 40 year old Geologist, abandoned Protestantism and was baptized Orthodox taking on the name Michael. For a place not known for its technological advancement, it is interesting how Michael's conversion came about through a monk from the Holy Mountain. In the words of a monk named Apollo at the Monastery of Docheiariou: … [Read more...]