Letter To A Roman Catholic Friend – Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

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Letter To A Roman Catholic Friend

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

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Can one be Roman Catholic and Orthodox? I would like to share with you a brief letter that was published some time ago in an Italian Orthodox parish newsletter. Its author, Archpriest Gregorio Cognetti, is the Dean of the Italian parishes under the Moscow Patriarchate. This letter was generally liked by the Italian Orthodox converts, and also received a high degree of appreciation among some cradle-born Orthodox (it was, for instance, translated into Romanian); I hope it may be prove an interesting reading and a source of inspiration for all of you.

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Chapel Hill (U.S.), March 1982

Dear Bill,

Even though you never asked it directly, I feel from your words that you do not yet understand why I left the Roman Church to become Orthodox.

You were even a member of one of the least latinized Byzantine parishes, you seem to say, why, then?…

I guess I owe you an explanation, since, a long time ago, when we were both members of the Latin church, we shared the same feelings. These same feelings brought both of us to a Byzantine rite parish, and then myself to Orthodoxy. You could not have forgotten the criticisms that we moved to the Romans: the continual insertion of new traditions in place of the old ones, Scholasticism, the legalistic approach to spiritual life, the dogma of papal infallibility. At the same time we both reckoned the legitimacy and correctness of the Orthodox Church. A Uniate parish seemed the optimal solution. I Continue reading “Letter To A Roman Catholic Friend – Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA”

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Sherie Mercier, USA: Called To Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith

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Called To Orthodoxy

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A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith.

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Sherie Mercier, Michigan, USA

Where do I begin? I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan, on the shores of SW Lake Michigan – across the lake from Chicago, 61 years ago. My parents were not very religious, in fact, they attended a Methodist church in my hometown. The pastor was a medical doctor and eventually left the active ministry and set up shop as a General Family practitioner. My parents stopped attending church and after that I never remember them ever stepping into a church at all, even to this day. My mother is deceased but my father is still alive and I have never seen him enter a church.

So, eventually, around the age of 7 or so, I went to a Baptist church with my neighbors and continued to do so until my teenage years. I then set out to check different denominations, usually joining them, then leaving because something didn’t “feel right”. Of course, our home town had a huge Roman Catholic following, plus my maternal grandmother had been Roman Catholic herself.

I remember seeing statues of Mary and crucifixes. Our public school in that Continue reading “Sherie Mercier, USA: Called To Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith”

The Gift of Orthodoxy – Elizabeth Huestis, USA & Australia

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The Gift of Orthodoxy

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St. Paul speaks of being “an Apostle out of due time” in the sense that he did not know Jesus first-hand, and did not travel around with Jesus the way that the other Apostles did. Yet God chose him particularly to have a special and useful place in the Church. In the same way, converts are not natural inheritors of Orthodoxy in the same way as are those people born in traditionally Orthodox countries and cultures. But God takes us from all sorts of places, adopting us in a special way, making us a part of His Church in a way that we would have no natural inherited right to. (Someone born Greek or Serbian or Russian would normally inherit Orthodoxy.)

Because God has chosen to give us Orthodoxy outside of normal means, perhaps we tend to cherish it more and also to feel the obligation to share it with those who do not have the gift and also to help those who have inherited it to understand and appreciate it better. This becomes more true when in retrospect it is possible to see that our becoming Orthodox was not just a Continue reading “The Gift of Orthodoxy – Elizabeth Huestis, USA & Australia”

Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church – Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

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Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church

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Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

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Andrea Goodell

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Tim Flinders will graduate from Grand Valley State University next month. Raised Lutheran, he also explored fundamentalist Baptism, Roman Catholicism and even Messianic Judaism before converting to Orthodox Christianity this year.

“Orthodoxy has completely transformed me already,” he said. “I feel like the first time in my life I’m growing spiritually.”

Flinders, 22, like many other young people converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, was looking for authenticity and historical accuracy in his Christian faith.

“I had so many different questions that needed to be answered,” said Flinders, who added he wrestled with the many divisions of the Christian church over the years.

He became Eastern Orthodox Christian at St. George Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids.

Recently he attended the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference at Hope College.

The Rev. Deacon Nicholas Belcher, dean of students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, gave the opening keynote address, using the themes of holy week to introduce Orthodoxy to the more than 50 who attended.

Eastern Orthodox Easter, Pascha in Greek — the language favored by Orthodox everywhere — fell on the same day as Western Easter this year.

Belcher described the nailing of Jesus to the cross as “one of the most cruel things human beings have ever thought of to do to other human beings.”

Eastern Orthodox Christians, he explained, experience the crucifixion and resurrection in the now during liturgy.

“There is no sense that we are just talking about something that happened a long time ago. It is today,” he said.

Dustin Miller, a Hope senior, attended the conference for extra credit in his history of Christianity class, but said,

“I’ve always been curious about Orthodoxy.”

He, too, said he was looking for the apostolic, historical roots of the Christian church. Miller considers himself non-denominational and said he didn’t know the Hope campus had Orthodox students.

“I’ve been trying to figure it out, trying to find what best fits me,” Miller said.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship campus club, which sponsored this month’s conference, meets Thursday nights for Small Compline (a short Psalm and evening prayer service). Then the handful of Orthodox students, one seminary student and Fr. Steven VanBronkhorst discuss topics such as biblical foundations for Orthodox worship.

He would like to see more inquirers at the OCF meetings and more students at the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference.

VanBronkhorst was a Reformed Church of America minister for almost two decades before coming to the Orthodox church 14 years ago. Still, VanBronkhorst said, he sees many more today looking for the historical church than when he was doing his own searching.

“I always felt that ideally there should be just one church,” he said. “The Orthodox church is by far the most historically faithful body. … Who is going to deny that the greater part of the evangelical world has the faith? They have faith. What they don’t have is the worship.”

Tyler Dykstra of Holland became Orthodox Christian this month.

He grew up Christian Reformed, but says he “wanted more.”

“Over time I started to realize there was so much history I had not known about even though I had gone to Christian schools all my life,” Dykstra, 24, said.

Trudy Ellmore, USA: I Knew Right Then, In That Second…

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I Knew Right Then, In That Second…

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Trudy Ellmore, USA

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My family of origin is Roman Catholic, the faith I practiced until I was 18. My love of God was deep and personal. There was never a time in my life when God was not present, even in my earliest memories. Yet, when someone witnessed to me and asked,

“Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, you’re going to hell”

my reaction was one of panic. I turned away from my childhood church to a non-denominational fundamentalist church to allay my fear of damnation. There I met my first husband. After our marriage, we became involved in a Southern Baptist church where we both were baptized by immersion.

Following my husband’s death after 26 months of marriage, my infant son and I returned to my hometown. Thinking all Baptist churches were alike, I joined an American Baptist church, where I met my current husband, who was Continue reading “Trudy Ellmore, USA: I Knew Right Then, In That Second…”

Reason #1: the ever-changing church – Why I have converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church

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Reason #1: the ever-changing church

Why I have converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church

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This series of articles are from the “Becoming Orthodox” blog.

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting reasons why I have converted to the Orthodox Church. They are listed in no particular order. Some are big, important reasons; others may be small, wonderful but non-essential reasons. I hope they offer food for thought.

A few months ago I read an article in Christianity Today that highlighted a Christian movement in Mexico. It’s been awhile since I read the article and I can no longer recall the particulars, but one line really stood out: “How will the church in Mexico continue to change?” asked the columnist.

If the church is the pillar of truth (1 Timothy 3:15), then it should be unchanged since the day that it was founded by Jesus. Yet in any particular church group (save one) you will find numerous changes. Roman Catholics have a pretty long history, but they change the rules all the time. Protestantism is no different, being that it was borne out of a desire for change; a desire that certainly continues to this day when we have thousands of different denominations.

I’m disturbed by all of these changes. Truth doesn’t change. Neither should the Church.

 

Video – Joseph Olivares, USA: What is Eastern Orthodoxy and why did I decide to become Orthodox?

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“Orthodoxy has a great future in Guatemala” – A conversation with Abbess Ines, head of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Guatemala

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“Orthodoxy has a great future in Guatemala”

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A conversation with Abbess Ines,

head of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Guatemala

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Abbess Ines (Ayau Garcia) – Abbess Ines is the head of the only Orthodox parish in Guatemala – the Monastery of the Holy and Life-Giving Trinity, the “Lavra of Mambre”, under the Patriarchate of Antioch. She comes from an influential and well known family in Guatemala which has produced many outstanding individuals. When [then Catholic] Sister Ines was 36 years old, she made an extreme change in her life, leaving a Catholic monastic order and becoming an Orthodox nun.

Holy Trinity Monastery was founded by Mother Ines and Sister Maria Amistoso in April of 1986. In 1989, the engineer Federico Bauer donated a piece of land on the shores of Lake Amatitlan, not far from Guatemala City, to the monastery. The land is 1188 meters [about 3900 feet] above sea level and is located near Pacaya, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. Continue reading ““Orthodoxy has a great future in Guatemala” – A conversation with Abbess Ines, head of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Guatemala”

Video – Νήσος Vashon της Washington των ΗΠΑ: Μονή Σωτήρος Χριστού

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Sfântul Nou Mucenic Jose (Iosif) Muñoz-Cortez din Chile – Romano-Catolic convertit la Ortodoxie, profesor universitar la Universitatea din Montreal și Canada, mucenicit în Atena, Gracia la data de 31 octombrie, 1997 ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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Sfântul Jose Munoz-Cortes (+1997)

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Sfântul Nou Mucenic Jose (Iosif) Muñoz-Cortez din Chile –

Romano-Catolic convertit la Ortodoxie,

profesor universitar la Universitatea din Montreal și Canada,

mucenicit în Atena, Gracia la data de 31 octombrie, 1997

Sfântul Nou Mucenic Iosif s-a născut în Chile(America de Nord) la anul 1950, într-o familie catolică practicantă.
La vârsta de 12 ani îl cunoaște pe episcopul ortodox Leontie din Chile, fapt care îl impulsionează să se boteze ortodox doi ani mai târziu.

Era profund impresionat de viața monahală, și cu toate că locuia în oraș, se străduia să urmeze felul de viață al monahilor:cu post, rugăciune și privegheri.

Mai apoi s-a mutat în Canada, unde a lucrat ca profesor de pictură la Universitatea din Montreal, străduindu-se în paralel să învețe pictura bizantină.

În anul 1882 a vizitat Sfântul Munte și a studiat cu atenție mulțimea icoanelor bizantine de acolo. L-a impresionat o copie a icoanei Maicii Domnului – Portaitissa, care se afla într-unul dintre schituri.

A vrut să cumpere icoana, dar s-a întristat când a aflat ca nu este de vânzare. Maica Domnului, i-a pus în minte egumenului să îi dăruiască icoană . Jose s-a bucurat nespus și i-a mulțumit Stăpânei pentru ca făcuse acea minune cu el.

Ajuns acasă, citea în fiecare seară Acatistul Buneivestiri în fața icoanei. După câteva săptămâni toată casa s-a umplut de o bună mireasmă, și a văzut cu surprindere ca din mâna Maicii Domnului izvorăște mir. Cincisprezece ani la rând a continuat această minune.

José a cutreierat întreaga lume, arătându-le oamenilor minunea ce se petrecea, pentru a se slăvi astfel numele Maicii Domnului.

În anul 1997, la data de 31 octombrie, în timp ce se afla în Atena, a fost omorât cu brutalitate de un grup de sataniști, care, mai întâi, l-au chinuit fără milă în camera hotelului unde se afla.

Vrăjmașii credinței nu au răbdat să vadă cum se slăvește în toată lumea numele lui Hristos și al Maicii Sale, dar Dumnezeu i-a pregătit un loc luminat în ceata mucenicilor.

Pentru rugăciunile Sfântului Noului Mucenic Iosif, Doamne Iisuse Hristoase, miluiește-ne pe noi. Amin.

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Grave of brother José in Holy Trinity cemetery, Jordanville

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The Holy Icon of Virgin Mary of Saint Jose Munoz-Cortes

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Saint Jose Munoz-Cortez from Chile (+1997)

& Saint John Maximovitch of San Francisco (+1966)

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