New Podcast on Fr. Demetrios Petrides

On today’s episode of my American Orthodox History podcast, I focus on the life of Fr. Demetrios Petrides, a Greek priest in Philadelphia and Atlanta from 1907 to 1917. It was Petrides who, as priest in Philadelphia, wrote a letter to the Ecumenical Patriarchate recommending Robert Morgan for ordination as the first black Orthodox priest…

Some Mildly Humorous Quotes from the Criminal Trial

The court transcript includes some mildly humorous lines. Obviously, they’re more humorous to those who are reading along through the entire transcript, but they’re good enough that I thought maybe after all I’ve posted, a few lines to lighten things a bit might be acceptable. The first is a zinger from Arseny’s lawyer, Edward A.…

New book on Wichita’s Lebanese Heritage

Recently, I coauthored Wichita’s Lebanese Heritage, a new book from Arcadia Publishing. Smack-dab in the middle of the Great Plains, Wichita, Kansas is an unlikely center for Orthodoxy. But it’s a pretty remarkable place, with a resident Antiochian bishop, the greatest Orthodox-owned bookstore in America, and thousands of Orthodox Christians. Wichita is unusual in several…

“The Stormy Petrel of the Cloth”

We’ve spent a lot of time on this website talking about Fr. Raphael Morgan, the first black Orthodox priest in America. Morgan was attached to the Greek church in Philadelphia. When he went to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to be ordained in 1907, he had two letters in his possession. One was from the Greek community…

Source of the week: Schmemann on Vatican II

Fr. Alexander Schmemann was one of the observers at Vatican II, the landmark 1960s council of the Roman Catholic Church. His reaction to the event is priceless — Schmemann took the “opportunity to thank God” that he was Orthodox. Here’s the story, from the New York Times (11/16/1963): A Russian Orthodox theologian-observer at the second session…

The Ongoing Work of the Episcopal Assembly

Over on frontierorthodoxy, I have uploaded some English-language documents relating to the Episcopal Assembly. I won’t repeat what I typed there, so if you’re interested, go here: http://frontierorthodoxy.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/english-language-documents-for-the-episcopal-assembley-of-the-orthodox-churches-in-north-america/ Otherwise, here are the links to the documents themselves: Orthodox Christian Leaders meet at Ecumenical Patriarchate-1 2009Canonismos_EN_OFFICIAL-1 2009Diasporadecision_EN_OFFICIAL-1 10-27-09HAHAddressfinal SCOBA hierarchs issue Orthodox Sunday message Thank you…

Can you solve this mystery?

I recently received an email from Fr. Timothy Sawchak, of Holy Trinity OCA Church in Kansas City. He sent the above photo, of a mystery clergyman. It was, apparently, discovered at an old studio and given to Annunciation Greek Church, also in Kansas City.  There was no writing on the photo, or markings of any…