Under-30 American Orthodox Priests Are Disappearing


Fr. Andrew Damick, cofounder of SOCHA, was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. A few weeks ago, I published some preliminary data from a study I'm conducting on the ordination ages of American Orthodox priests, as well as the waiting period between convert priests' conversions and their ordinations. Since publishing...

How long do converts wait before ordination?


Archbishop Dmitri Royster of Dallas was 31 years old and had been Orthodox for 13 years when he was ordained to the priesthood in 1954. Last week, I wrote about the ordination ages of American Orthodox priests. In that article, I made some preliminary observations about the length of time...

How old are American Orthodox priests at ordination?


Fr. Thomas Hopko was just 24 years old when he was ordained to the priesthood. A few weeks ago, I published some data about American Orthodox bishops, including the fact that 58% of bishops in American Orthodox history were ordained to the priesthood before they turned thirty -- this, despite...

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...