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I am curious if any natural born Americans who have converted to Orthodoxy in the ROCOR jurisdiction would share their expierences. I am a Byzantine Catholic very much attracted to ROCOR (not that I sense myself called to conversion) and was curious what it is like to be a convert into that jurisdiction. Where I live in Minnesota ROCOR seems to be primarily new immigrant ethnic Russians and some disgruntled formers OCAers.

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The former priest of the Slovak Greek Catholic Church in Toronto became a Rassaphor monk in Jordanville about 20 years ago. I believe his name is now Fr. Jeremiah. He was Canadian born of I believe Slovak/Croatian lineage.

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The pastor of the Church of Our Lady in Philadelphia is a former Jesuit, Father Athanasy. He has been pastor there for many years and is deeply loved and respected. A considerable number of the younger members of his parish are converts.

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The late Archimandrite Anastassy (Newcomb) was an Irish-American Catholic convert to ROCOR:

http://sarabitus.blogspot.com/2007/01/archimandrite-anastassy-newcomb.html

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It is also worth noting Bishop Jerome (Shaw), Bishop of Manhattan and Vicar of the ROCOR Archdiocese of New York and Eastern America. He comes from an old New England family.

Speech of Archimandrite Jerome (Shaw) [russianorthodoxchurch.ws] At the Nomination Service On the Eve of His Consecration as Bishop of Manhattan.

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Add to the list Fr. Seraphim Rose (born Methodist) and Bishop George of Mayfield (former Catholic).

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Also Fr Archimandrite Joasaph (formerly Francis McLellan, Professor at Princeton) who is currently in charge of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in the Holy Land (ROCOR)

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Originally Posted by Hieromonk Ambrose
Also Fr Archimandrite Joasaph (formerly Francis McLellan, Professor at Princeton) who is currently in charge of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in the Holy Land (ROCOR)

What was his affiliation formerly?

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The soon-to-be OCA Bishop of Quebec City, Irenee (Rochon), is a former Catholic who initially converted to Orthodoxy via ROCOR.

Yes, he's Canadian, not really American, but you do share the same continent don't you? smile


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