by Elisabeth Hawkins I want to share how Grand Duchess Elizabeth has helped me in guiding me to Orthodoxy and strengthening my faith. As a divorced single mother, I was living with my eight-year-old son Timothy near Albany, New York. My older brother bad become a monk at Holy Trinity Monastery, in Jordanville, and came […]
by Fr. Mark Hodges In honor of his recent elevation to Archpriest (Axios!), we are reprinting the Fr. Mark’s inspiring conversion story! I was raised a Christian, a genuine believer in Jesus as the Savior of the World. During high school in the 70s, I performed in every show I could. I was in band, […]
The Conversion of Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth By Jason Zengerle The ministry is a calling, but it is also a career, and, in 1987, a Baptist minister named Wilbur Ellsworth was given the career opportunity of a lifetime. After nearly two decades of pastoring modest congregations in California and Ohio, Ellsworth, at the age of 43, […]
I wanted to tell everyone I “found” the Orthodox Church like it was a million dollars! My return to the Orthodox Church was only a beginning of a journey, but at least now I knew the path. I compare it to living on a patch of dirt your whole life and never knowing that right underneath this dirt there is a well with hidden treasures of indescribable beauty.
Our investigation and eventual membership in the Orthodox Church had nothing to do with the usual conversion subjects. Ours was an issue of spiritual hunger, spiritual formation, and Orthodox ethos.