The Search for Orthodoxy – Fr. Seraphim Rose, USA

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The Search for Orthodoxy

Fr. Seraphim Rose, USA

A talk given at the 1981 St. Herman Summer Pilgrimage, at the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California. The text has been taken from Fr. Seraphim’s handwritten notes. The section titles have been added by the editors, based on Fr. Seraphim’s section divisions.

I. INTRODUCTION
The number of people here today is a proof that there is a search for Orthodoxy today—those who don’t have it are looking for it, and those who do have it want to go deeper into it.

Our times, the second half of the twentieth century, are times of spiritual searching. Many are dissatisfied, whether with various forms of Christianity, with non-Christian religions, or with unbelief and atheism. Many hope against hope that there is more to life, more to spiritual reality, than they have found so far. More and more of these searchers are finding what they are looking for in the Orthodox Church:

1. African peoples of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zaire, and other mission fields are finding Orthodoxy to be the “true old religion” as against the various sects and cults of modern Africa.

2. Young Orthodox Christians of Soviet Russia and other Communist lands are finding in Orthodoxy both fresh air and recontact with their historical past after sixty years of atheist tyranny and suffocation.

3. Young Orthodox idealists of Greece are rediscovering the monastic ideal in the midst of the dead worldliness of contemporary Greece and are flocking to the monasteries of Mount Athos.

4. Americans, both young and old, weary of the rootless and arbitrary teachings of contemporary Protestantism, are discovering the true and Continue reading “The Search for Orthodoxy – Fr. Seraphim Rose, USA”

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1. Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Abbess Theophano
121 St. Elias Lane
Saxonburg, PA 16056 USA
Tel: (724) 352-3999
Fax: (724) 352-5822
2. Holy Monastery of St. Kosmas Aitolos
Abbess Alexia
14155 Caledon King Town
Line Rd. South
Bolton, Ont. L7E 5R7
CANADA
Tel: (905) 859-2474
Fax: (905) 859-2505
Web Site
3. Holy Monastery of Panagia Parigoritissa
Abbess Thekla
827 Chemin de la Carriere
Brownsburg (Chatham),
Quebec, J8G 1K7
CANADA
Tel: (450) 533-4313
Fax: (450) 533-1169
Web Site
4. Holy Monastery of St. John Chrysostomos
Abbess Melanie
4600 93rd Street
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 USA
Tel: (262) 694-9850
Fax: (262) 697-1581
Web Site
5. Holy Protection Monastery
Abbess Olympiada
1 St. Joseph’s Way
White Haven, PA 18661 USA
Tel: (570) 443-2220
Fax: (570) 443-9167
Web Site
6. Holy Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring
Abbess Markella
P.O. Box 549
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
Tel: (559) 338-3110
Fax: (559) 338-3101
7. Holy Monastery of St. John the Forerunner
Abbess Efpraxia
5 Timmer Lane
Goldendale, WA 98620 USA
Tel: (509)-773-7141
Fax: (509) 773-4131
Web Site
8. Holy Monastery of St. Anthony
Archimandrite Paisios
4784 N. St. Joseph’s Way
Florence, AZ 85132
Tel: 520-868-3188
Fax: 520-868-3088
Web Site
9. Holy Archangels’ Monastery
Archimandrite Dositheos
P.O. Box 422
Kendalia, TX 78027 USA
Tel: (830) 833-2793
Fax: (830) 833-2231
Web Site
10. Holy Monastery of Panagia Vlahernon
Monk Modestos
12600 West Hwy. 318
Williston, FL 32696
Tel: (352) 591-1716
Fax: (352) 591-1719
Web Site
11. Annunciation Monastery
Abbess Agapia
13486 N.W. Hwy. 225
Reddick, FL 32686 USA
Tel: (352) 591-1803
Fax: (352) 591-2083
Web Site
12. Holy Trinity Monastery
Hieromonk Joseph
125 Sturdevant Rd.
Smith Creek, MI 48061 USA
Tel: (810) 367-8134
Fax: (810) 367-6344
13. Holy Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa
Abbess Agne
404 Warner Road
Troy, NC 27371 USA
Tel: (910) 572-3331
Fax: (910) 572-4176
Web Site
14. Panagia Pammakaristou
Hieromonk Nektarios
1631 Creasey Rd.
Lawsonville, NC 27032 USA
Tel: (336) 593-9760
Fax: (336) 593-9767
15. Holy Monastery of St. Nektarios
Hieromonk Joseph
100 Lake Anawanda Rd.
Roscoe, NY 12776 USA
Tel: (607) 498-5285
Fax: (607) 498-5468
Web Site
16. Holy Transfiguration Monastery
Abbot Akakios
17906 Rt. 173
Harvard, IL 60033 USA
Tel: (815) 943-3588
Fax: (815) 943-3878
Web Site
17. Holy Monastery of St. Paraskevi
Abbess Paraskevi
6855 Little York Lane
Washington, TX 77880 USA
Tel: (936) 878-2390
Fax: (936) 878-2630
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“NATIVE AMERICANS MAY BECOME

THE LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN THE AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH.”

An interview with His Beatitude Jonah, Archbishop of Washington,

Metropolitan of All America and Canada

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In early December of 2009, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada (Orthodox Church of America) visited Russia to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the OCA’s representation in Moscow. Correspondent Miguel Palacio took the opportunity to talk with Metropolitan Jonah about the OCA’s presence in Latin America.

– Your Beatitude, in which Latin America countries is the Orthodox Church in America represented?

– Our jurisdiction extends to Mexico. We used to have parishes in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela as well, but one of them joined the Russian Church Abroad, while others simply closed.

Several communities in Latin America want to join the American Orthodox Church. We would be happy to receive these faithful people, but there would be no one to take care of them because we have very few clergymen who speak Spanish or Portuguese.

One priest, who I hope will soon become a bishop, began a mission in Ecuador, in the city of Guayaquil, where there is a large Palestinian colony. Unfortunately, his good initiative has fizzled out. I have heard that many Palestinians also live in Central American countries, one of which is El Salvador. It is curious, but they do not go to the Antiochian parishes, and are requesting to be received under our omophorion.

The Constantinople and Antiochian Patriarchates prefer to pastor the Greek and Arab diasporas. We do not understand this. The Church should give pastoral care first of all to its local spiritual children. This is our principle in the Orthodox Church in America.

– When was the Mexican exarchate organized?

– The Mexican exarchate has existed since the 1970’s. At that time, the Bishop of the Mexican national Old Catholic Church, Jose (Cortez-y-Olmos), strengthened contact with our Church and became Orthodox, together with his entire community. Thanks to his labors, hundreds of Mexicans have become immersed in the Orthodox Faith.

Not long ago, five thousand Native Americans from twenty-three areas in the state of Veracruz were baptized into Orthodoxy. However, there is only one priest to serve that entire mass of people. In general, the Mexican exarchate has very few clergymen. They are all Mexican, including the ruling hierarch, Bishop Alejo (Pacheco-Vera).

– Have you ever been to Latin America?

– I have only visited Mexico. Now I am getting ready to visit Guatemala. A friend of mine lives there — Abbess Ines (Ayau Garcia), the superior of the Holy Trinity Convent, which is under the jurisdiction of the Antiochian Patriarchate.

In Guatemala, a group of thousands of people who would like to become Orthodox have attracted my attention. Most of them are Mayan. If we take these Guatemalans in, as well as other members of the native Latin American population, then Native Americans may become the largest ethnic group in the American Orthodox Church. I, personally, would be very happy about that.

– I see that you sympathize with the original inhabitants of the American continent…

– I have the warmest feelings for Native Americans. I studied anthropology in the university, and was drawn to the Mayan and Aztec cultures. These were enormous, amazing civilizations.

I like Latin America as a whole — its art, music, literature, and cuisine. Latin Americans love life; they are open and hospitable people. I grew up in California — one of the most Hispanic states in the U.S. I was able to learn some Spanish from my Mexican friends (although I speak Spanish poorly). The priest who united me to the Orthodox Church was a Mexican. His name was Fr. Ramon Merlos.

– What does missionary work amongst Native Americans in the U.S. have in common with that amongst those of Latin America?

– To be honest, I do not yet know… Our Church has missionary experience in Alaska, where one remarkable priest serves — Archpriest Michael Oleksa, an anthropologist. He is a Carpatho-Russian; his wife comes from the indigenous Yupiks. Fr. Michael wants to conduct a conference of Orthodox Native Americans of America. This would be an extremely interesting event.

When Fr. Michael was rector of the seminary, he invited the Guatemalan community that was thirsting for Orthodoxy to send two members to receive a theological education. The idea was, of course, a good one. But people who are accustomed to a tropical climate are not likely to endure the freezing temperatures of Alaska.

– Are there Latin Americans amongst your parishioners in the U.S.?

– Of course there are. In California, thirty-five percent of the population is Latin American, and the percentage is even larger in Texas. There are Latinos both amongst the flock and the clergy in our Church. Studying in St. Tikhon Seminary is a Mexican with Native Americans roots, named Abraham. He has the obedience of sub-deacon. One sub-deacon in San Francisco is Colombian. At the end of November, I blessed a new convent dedicated to the Nativity of Christ in Dallas, the superior of which is Brazilian.

– What, do you suppose, attracts Latin Americans to Orthodoxy?

– Latinos love our Liturgy and icons; they are captivated by the deep veneration of the Mother of God within the Orthodox Church.

I have to say that the Catholic Church is quickly losing its influence in Latin America, and the reason for this is its close association with the upper social classes. A significant portion of the poorer classes, which make up the majority of the region, have become disillusioned with the Catholic pastors, and have aligned themselves with protestants, Mormons, and other sectarians.

Metropolitan Andres (Giron), the head of the St. Basil the Great Order of White Clergy in Guatemala, used to be a Catholic priest. He saw that his Church leaders were oriented towards the wealthy; in the 1990’s he left the Catholic Church, because he wanted to work for the people. Not long ago, Fr. Andres said to me, “I am old and ailing. Please take my people into your Church for the sake of their salvation.” It would be hard to call his community Orthodox, but it is gradually coming to know Orthodox teachings, and partaking of the traditions of the Orthodox Church. Besides those in Guatemala, Bishop Andres has opened parishes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other U.S. cities where his countrymen have settled.

– Are you not afraid of some conflict with the Catholic Church? After all, Latin America is still considered the “largest diocese of the Vatican.”

– There will not be any conflict. The Catholic Church relates to Orthodoxy with loyalty. Furthermore, I see no little potential for collaboration with the Catholic Church, first of all in the struggle against sectarianism.

Interview by Miguel Palacio

21 / 12 / 2009

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