Featured Author of the Antiochian Archdiocese: Fr. Patrick Reardon
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon is a well-loved Orthodox pastor, homilist, writer, and teacher. He is pastor of All Saints' Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor of Touchstone Magazine. In the past forty years, Fr. Patrick has published more than 500 articles, editorials, and reviews in popular and scholarly journals, including Books and Culture, Touchstone, The Scottish Journal of Theology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, and St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly. As a guest lecturer, he receives invitations year-round to give retreats, homilies, lectures, and Bible studies.
Fr. Patrick is one of Conciliar Press' most prolific authors, with four books, including the perennial bestseller Christ in the Psalms. His titles also include: Christ in His Saints, The Trial of Job, and Chronicles of History and Worship. You can purchase Fr. Patrick's books online at Conciliar.
Fr. Patrick was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; St. Anselm's College in Rome; The Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; and St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.
Touchstone Magazine hosts a special blog for Fr. Patrick called Daily Reflections with Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, which serves as a companion to the St. James Devotional Guide. A complete archive of Fr. Patrick's written Pastoral Ponderings series is available on the website of All Saints' Church.
by Patrick Henry Reardon
During this past September 13-18, I was part of a delegation sent to Syria by Metropolitan PHILIP to investigate the internal political situation in that country, particularly with respect to its Christian minority. Our group consisted of six priests of the Antiochian Archdiocese: Fathers Dimitri Darwich (our guide and the only Arabic-speaker), Timothy Ferguson, Joseph Honeycutt, John Winfrey, David Bleam, and myself; two Protestant pastors: Bonn Clayton and Norman Wilson; and an expert in international law, James Perry, accompanied by his wife, Mardi, who served as the delegation’s secretary. Attached to the delegation as a reporter for Ancient Faith Radio was John Maddex, its executive director.
The following narrative is my own assessment of that experience, along with some account of what I learned.
Let me begin by expressing a deep, sincere gratitude to Metropolitan Philip, both for the golden opportunity to visit Syria and for the confidence he placed in myself and the others he sent.