October 16, 2014
The Brookline, MA campus of Holy CrossOn October 9-11 a group of international scholars gathered at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, for the Fall Conference of the Pappas Patristic Institute. The conference theme was "Patristic Preaching and its Reception," and I delivered a paper entitled "The Tradition of Liturgical...
October 24, 2014
Pam Panchak/Post-GazetteAlumnus priest The Very Rev. Thomas Soroka recently led his community, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of McKees Rocks, PA, in a joyful centennial anniversary celebration. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by reporter Mackenzie Carpenter notes that SVOTS alumnus The Most Rev. Melchisedek (Pleska), archbishop of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), was also present to preside at the services commemorating the parish's 100 years of ministry.
"There are dozens of Orthodox churches in and around Pittsburgh, in varying states of health," wrote Carpenter. "But St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks — under the leadership of a priest with a background in corporate management training and a knack for social media — has seen its parish grow larger and younger even as the community around it declines in numbers."
October 16, 2014
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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