How Can I Be Saved?

One of the greatest blessings of being a priest is meeting people who have just become interested in the Church. It is energizing to hear the questions and to walk alongside someone discovering the faith for the first time or returning to it after years but with new eyes. Even greater perhaps is meeting someone […]

Five Years Later: Why Charlottesville Matters

“Oh my God, have you seen what is happening in Charlottesville? Turn on the news now” I got this text from a fellow pastor the night before the infamous “Unite the Right” Rally in Charlottesville, VA. The one that would result in a violent clash and ultimately the death of Heather Heyer after a white […]

Never Forget: The Importance of Names

“…Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king…”  On the Sunday before Nativity in the Orthodox Church we read St. Matthew’s account of the genealogy of Jesus. Beginning with Abraham the lineage is recounted… […]

Jesus, Erika, and ICE

It was still dark the morning that ICE agents knocked on Erika Fierro’s door. Her two young children were still asleep. Her husband, Jesus, had already left for work at his construction job. Jesus was not coming back today. This was the first information the shadowy figures at the door gave to a groggy mother […]

Do you know this Jew?

Dimitri Klepinin was an Orthodox priest, a Russian emigre in Paris. The 35 year old husband and father of two went to aid a remarkable and dynamic nun, Maria Skobtsova in her work among the poor, outcast, and marginalized in the city. On June 14, 1940, this ‘flock’ of homeless people, poor families, mentally ill, […]