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 World War Two. I was always drawn to it and inherited it when she passed away. I was baptized in the Episcopal Church as my father was and my mother was brought up in the Episcopal church as well as there were no Orthodox churches in the town in which she grew up. We were 'C and E Christians,' and sometimes not even that. I was … [Read more...]

Devotion to Orthodox History leads Malaysian Priest to Mount Carmel

by Julie HagenbuchA passion for church history can lead a Christian to wade knee-deep in the River Jordan, stand beneath Juan Diego’s cloak at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City or take communion at the Vatican in Rome. For Father John Edward, a lifelong commitment to Christian history led him right to St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Mount Carmel, PA.Born in Malaysia to Indian parents, Edward was exposed to an array of religious traditions and expressions from an early age. The most common faith in his home country, Islam, is practiced peacefully alongside Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, as well as ancestral Chinese … [Read more...]

From Episcopalian Priest to Orthodox Priest

From 2012 - how did I miss this?by Greg GarrisonSince the Rev. Ernesto Obregon switched denominations, he now can pinpoint the key differences in reli­gious practices between Episco­palians and Greek Orthodox.For one thing, the Greek Orthodox have a lot more incense. It’s dispensed in clouds of smoke at every service through a censer, a metal container on the end of a chain.“Episcopalians do everything in moderation,” Obregon said. “Not too much incense.”Obregon, 60, left Cuba in 1961 and grew up in Ohio, eventually becoming an Episcopal priest. He and his wife, Denise, were missionaries to Bo­livia and Peru from 1990-2000. From 2000 to 2004, … [Read more...]

An Interview with Fr. William Olnhausen

by Predrag RudovicFather William Olnhausen is Orthodox priest who converted to Orthodoxy from the Episcopal Church, by a miracle of St. Nicholas. Why he decided to do that, what did he found in Orthodoxy and did not have before and what are differences between Western and Eastern Christianity, you will discover in this interview. An Interview with Fr. William Olnhausen … [Read more...]