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...

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....

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...

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...

The Third Greek Church of San Francisco


Jim Lucas is the president of the Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area, a non-profit corporation based at Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco. The organization is dedicated to the preservation of Greek history and culture in the San Francisco area.  Jim has been actively researching the history...

This week in American Orthodox history (February 27-March 4)


March 2, 1865: Fr. Agapius Honcharenko served the first public Orthodox Divine Liturgy in New York. Way back in 2009, I wrote a pair of articles about that liturgy; click here and here to read them. What I wasn't aware of at the time was that Honcharenko had celebrated the...

ROCOR to offer an annual memorial service for Philip Ludwell III


Today being a Monday, I normally would publish the next edition of my "This week in American Orthodox history" series (in which I would say, among other things, that today marks the 97th anniversary of St. Raphael Hawaweeny's repose). But that will have to wait until tomorrow, because I need...

This week in American Orthodox history (February 20-26)


February 20, 1874: The future hieromartyr Vasily Martysz was born in Poland. He served in America -- first in Alaska, and then in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, and Canada -- from 1901 to 1912. He died in 1945 and was canonized by the the Orthodox Church of Poland in 2003....

Eulogy for St. Nicholas of Japan by St. Alexander Hotovitzky


St. Nicholas Kasatkin, the missionary bishop of Japan, died 100 years ago today. He was remarkably well known in America, where both secular periodicals and Russian Church publications chronicled his ministry. The official newsletter of the Russian Mission was the Vestnik, known in English as the Russian Orthodox American Messenger...