American Orthodox

About Me

First, a disclaimer. Although I’m no fan of PC-ness, or the idea that we have a right not to be offended, I do not intentionally offend, nor do I mean to. I don’t see the point of being intentionally offensive.

However, it is my blog, and I’m not very ecumenical. I think you should know that. There’s a reason I’m not an Episcopal, Lutheran, or Nazarene, and yes, there’s a reason I’m no longer Roman Catholic (don’t worry, I’ll get there). I’m not going to back away from anything I feel should be said, particularly to spare the sensibilities of the ridiculously thin-skinned.

Just so you know.

I was raised Roman Catholic, and am old enough (cough, cough) that I was Confirmed and had my First Communion in the Tridentine church, before Vatican II. The excesses of the Second Vatican Council perpetrated in the United States were more than I could stomach, and I lapsed.In the 80s I could no longer live with the emptiness of being unchurched, and my journey led me to St. Michael Orthodox Church, an Antiochian parish in Louisville, Kentucky. After many hours with Father Atty, he Chrismated me in 1984

In 1985, we moved to Indiana to go to grad school, and at the time, there was no Orthodox church there (actually, there was a Synod mission, but let's not go there right now). Apparently there is now: All Saints Orthodox Church, an Antiochian parish. I lived again unchurched for twenty-one years.

Not long ago, we moved here, to Pennsylvania, and thank God, I have a parish again, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (an OCA parish). I am home, and whole.

Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!



  1. Hello,

    I can’t actually find your name posted on this blog, so while I think I have it thanks to whois, I won’t address you by it because I don’t know that you haven’t posted it intentionally.

    Greetings from Bloomington, Indiana! All Saints is indeed the local parish, and has been here for at least thirteen years, when it officially became a mission and had a priest assigned to it. How long did you live in Bloomington? (Interesting note about the ROCOR mission: I met the daughter of the priest about a year ago–she’s the matushka at an OCA mission just outside of Anchorage.)

    All Saints has become very much a thriving community. If you ever come back this way, please visit.

    And Fr. Atty is wonderful. I’m glad you were able to be catechized by him.

    In Christ,


    Comment by Richard Barrett — June 21, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

  2. How did I miss it? I had no idea it was there. All told, I lived in Bton 31 years (sigh …)

    Comment by americanorthodox — June 21, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

  3. I love your site!

    Experiencing a slow PC recently? Fix it now!

    Comment by Michael Tim — February 28, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

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