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At the Pappas Patristic Institute Conference

Fr. Sergius (right) with a group of student homilists at the 2013 National Festival of Young PreachersFr. Sergius (right) with a group of student homilists at the 2013 National Festival of Young PreachersOn October 9-11 a group of international scholars gathered at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology...

Alumni News

Archpriest Paul Gassios (SVOTS '94) Nominated for Chicago See

Fr. John Matusiak, Oca.org

One hundred and three clergy and lay delegates representing parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of the Midwest gathered at Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights, OH, on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, for a special Assembly at which SVOTS alumnus The Very Rev. Paul Gassios was nominated to fill the vacant See of Chicago and the Midwest.

Father Paul's name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election.
 
His Grace Bishop Alexander of Toledo, Locum Tenens, opened the Assembly immediately after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.
 
For several months, Fr. Paul has served as Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest.
 
Raised in a Greek Orthodox family, Fr. Paul became a member of the Orthodox Churh in America in the mid-1980s.  He received a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and was awarded the Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vladimir's...

Seminarians Speak

Transfiguration

Seraphim Long

When I reflect on my journey as a seminarian one word looms in the background of my story — transfiguration.  I count myself as one twice converted; first to church in general, and then to the Orthodox Church. Change is a constant theme and in the Orthodox spiritual life that is a good thing! Like so many of our seminarians I came to the Orthodox Church after a great deal of disillusionment with secular living and subsequent searching. I wanted something that made a difference in my hollow life — transfiguration.

The existential anxieties of our age have become almost cliché now, but I make no apologies for framing my faith journey in these terms. After all, we often have to look...

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