Following Christ the Healer: The Journey of Dr. Al Rossi

by Tudor PetcuA Romanian writer,  Tudor Petcu is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Dr. Albert Rossi. TP: First of all, please do tell me how did you discovered Orthodoxy and what does Orthodox spirituality for you as a way of living?Dr. Rossi: God brought me into Orthodoxy. It was He … [Read more...]

Vatican Ex-Advisor Converts to Orthodoxy and Becomes a Monk in Moscow Monastery

Former Jesuit professor and Vatican advisor converts to Orthodoxy.Rector of the High Monastery of St. Peter in Moscow Hegumen Peter (Yeremeyev) headed the ceremony of taking monastic vows of priest Constantine Simon.He adopted Orthodoxy in 2014, after 34 years of priestly ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. With Patriarch Kirill's blessing Father Constantine joined the fraternity of the High Monastery of St. Peter and before taking monastic vows he worked in churches of the convent, the monastery press service told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday.Father Constantine was Doctor of Philosophy and professor of Slavic and Russian History in the … [Read more...]

Why A Chinese Buddhist Became an Orthodox Athonite Monk

by Fr. Libyos On my last trip to Mount Athos I visited the Monastery of Simonopetra. It is a majestic monastery and the sky was fully blue. There I met a graceful novice monk from China. In truth, he surprised me by his presence. An Orthodox rason on a Chinese man? I was moved somewhat. I had never seen this before up close, only in pictures of missions. An inheritor of a great cultural tradition and for him to embrace Christianity? My friends and I got curious to ask him about this. "Brother, how did you, a Chinese man, embrace Orthodox Christian monasticism coming from such a great cultural tradition? Were you a … [Read more...]

A Catholic Hermit Converted To Orthodoxy

By Konstantin Matsan Translated by Olga Lissenkova, Edited by Yana Samuel and Isaac (Gerald) Herrin A well-known theologian, hieromonk Gabriel Bunge, rarely gives interviews. He leads a hermit's life in a small skete in Switzerland, never uses the Internet, and the only means of communication with him is the telephone. The latter works as the answering machine in a distant room. If you want to talk with him, you have to leave a message with the time when you are going to phone again, and if Father Gabriel is ready to talk, he will be near the telephone at the time you specified. We were lucky not to go through this complex … [Read more...]