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 Catechism and its Connections

On Thursday I travel to England to promote the publication of a book I have been editing for the past two years: Embassy, Emigrants and Englishmen, The Three Hundred Year History of a Russian Orthodox Church in London. It is a remarkable work and I think the first book to give a continuous narrative of Orthodox history in the West over several centuries. The center point of the book is London, but…

A (very) short history of Orthodoxy in America

The History of Orthodoxy in America in Two Words: Immigrants. Converts. The History of Orthodoxy in America in Ten Words: Immigrants brought Orthodoxy and were joined by converts. Gradual acclimation. The History of Orthodoxy in America in One Hundred Words: Orthodoxy took root in America at the turn of the 20th century because of the immigration of Orthodox people from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean and the mass conversion of Eastern Rite…