Matthew Namee

Matthew Namee serves as editor of OrthodoxHistory.org. He specializes in the history of Orthodoxy in America from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. He's written a lot about church history, both at this website and elsewhere, and he's spoken at numerous conferences and events. Matthew is the former research assistant to Bill James, the legendary baseball author and Boston Red Sox executive. He went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Kansas and serves as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for Orthodox Ministry Services. He and his wife Catherine and their children attend Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Vancouver, WA. Matthew can be contacted at mfnamee [at] gmail [dot] com.


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Statistics on Celibate & Widower Bishops in American Orthodoxy


Metropolitan Orestes Chornock, widower bishop and founding primate of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese I have a list of 213 Orthodox bishops who have served in America. Of these, 179 were never married (we'll call them "celibates"), and the other 34 were widowers. So 84% celibates, 16% widowers. (Two of...

Widower Bishops in American Orthodox History


Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich, 1952 (Los Angeles Daily News) Everyone knows that Orthodoxy doesn't allow married men to become bishops. This is kind of a live issue here in America, because a lot of our jurisdictions have trouble finding qualified episocopal candidates, while excellent priests are ineligible if they are married....

The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1925


Here are links to the previous articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 19171918191919201921192219231924 Ecumenical Patriarch Constantine VI By 1925, following his near-assassination, Patriarch Tikhon’s health was in serious decline. Among other things, his heart was failing, and he suffered from severe inflammation of the mouth....

The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1924


Here are links to the previous articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 1917191819191920192119221923 Lenin's artificially-preserved body, set up by Stalin as an imitation of incorrupt Orthodox saints In Poland, between 1918 and 1924, some 400 Orthodox churches were confiscated by the Polish government, and others...

The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1923


Here are links to the previous articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 191719181919192019211922 As we begin 1923, just by way of reminder: Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow was under house arrest, and while the famine in Russia was receding somewhat, people were still starving. In Syria,...

The Prestige of the Ecumenical Patriarchate


Fr. Kyrill Johnson Editor's note: Yesterday, I continued my series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25, focusing on 1922. One of the many major events that year was the Ecumenical Patriarch Meletios Metaxakis' recognition of Anglican holy orders. In the mid-1940s, Fr. Kyrill Johnson, who knew Meletios personally, wrote...

The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1922


Here are links to the previous five articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 19171918191919201921 1922 Ecumenical Patriarch Meletios Metaxakis As 1921 turned to 1922, the Church of Greece rejected the election of Meletios Metaxakis as Ecumenical Patriarch, and formally deposed him. Ignoring this, in February,...

The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1921


Here are links to the previous four articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 1917191819191920 1921 In February 1921, the Red Army invaded Georgia, capturing Tbilisi and then the rest of the country. The communists declared the “Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic” and began a mass persecution...

The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1920


Here are links to the previous three articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 1917 1918 1919 1920 In January 1920, the Ecumenical Patriarchate issued an encyclical “Unto the Churches of Christ everywhere,” calling for the “rapprochement between the various Christian Churches” and the establishment of...