St. Tikhon at a Greek Church in Chicago

Today in 1901, St. Tikhon, bishop of the Russian Diocese in North America, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Greek church in Chicago. Here’s an account of that visit, from Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky’s article “Archbishop Tikhon in America,” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 1 (1975): Thus in 1900, during one of his visits to Chicago, Bishop Tikhon was approached by the rector and lay leaders of the local Greek church,…

Memory Eternal, Fr Thomas Hopko!

Fr Thomas Hopko, retired dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, passed away this afternoon. I first met Fr Tom in the 1990s, when my father joined the board of St Vladimir’s Seminary. I must have been in sixth grade, or thereabouts. Fr Tom was always kind to me, and I spoke with him intermittently throughout my adolescence. I was an obnoxious, opinionated 17-year-old when I attended the St Vladimir’s summer institute in 2001, but…

The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Our devout & pious Forefathers contemplating the Strict Obligation of the holy & great Lent; instituted & established by the express Command of the Apostolic Laws; were apprehensive that even the celebration of the ever blessed Eucharist might be in some sort a violation of the strictness of the Fast; in as much as this is the festive Rite. Wherefore, that they might accommodate all things; preserve the Fast entire & yet…

Some thoughts on St Raphael’s original chapel in New York

At Orthodox History, I just posted three images of St Raphael Hawaweeny’s original chapel in Manhattan, New York. It was an unassuming place — a small room on the second floor of a building, above a Syrian-owned store. As I observed in that article, the chapel isn’t much different than a typical storefront mission church today. I showed these pictures (well, the two photos, because I just discovered the sketch) to the…

A Timeline of the Life of St Raphael

Over at Orthodox History, I just posted a brief timeline of the life of St Raphael Hawaweeny. Click here to read it. I prepared that timeline as part of a series of lectures Sam Noble and I presented at the clergy brotherhood retreat for the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America this past week. The retreat was a wonderful experience, and it was a great privilege to be able to talk about…

The Odd Adventures of an Early Serbian Priest

Fr. Philip Sredanovich is one of the strangest parish priests I’ve ever run across in my research of Orthodoxy in America. He was born in Montenegro in 1881. He seems to have been educated and married in Russia (the 1920 U.S. Census says that his wife was born in Russia). Fr. Philip came to America just after the turn of the 20th century. In 1908, he made headlines nationwide for his supposed invention of a device to travel…