St. Patrick’s Day with Fr. Patrick Mythen

We here at SOCHA would like to wish you and yours, Irish or not, a happy St. Patrick’s Day!  And who better to portray those wishes than a figure we have written quite extensively about, Fr. Patrick Mythen.  A proud descendent of the Irish political figure Henry Grattan, Mythen spent a good portion of his life working…

SOCHA Updates, Changes and Expansions

There have been a lot of interesting things in the works for SOCHA as of late, and we’re going to put them all into a single post so our readers can be brought up to speed all at once. It’s hard to believe, but SOCHA has been around for nearly three years. Our founding directors…

This week in American Orthodox history (March 12-18)

This week is a busy one: March 14, 1767: Philip Ludwell III, the first Orthodox convert in American history, died in London. Decades earlier, in 1738, Ludwell had joined the Orthodox Church in London. He was just 22 at the time, and was a rising star in the Virginia aristocracy. Remarkably, the Russian Holy Synod…

Reviving the American Orthodox History podcast

Today, Ancient Faith Radio aired the latest episode of my American Orthodox History podcast, which is available HERE and is basically an audio version of my “This week in American Orthodox history” article (with some ad-libbing). And in case you missed it, last week, I revived the podcast with an episode discussing Fr. Kallinikos Delveis,…

This week in American Orthodox history (March 5-11)

March 10, 1866: The future Archbishop Arseny Chagovtsov was born in Kharkov, in what was then the Russian Empire and what is today Ukraine. A widowed priest, he became a monk and came to America in 1903 to serve in the Russian North American Mission. He was instrumental in the establishment of St. Tikhon’s Monastery…