New York Times Reports on Converts Finding Antiochian Orthodoxy


On Friday, October 2nd, New York Times reporter Samuel G. Freedman published an article in the Religion section about converts who have discovered the Orthodox faith via the Antiochian Church. "More Protestants Find a Home in the Orthodox Antioch Church" tells the story of one such convert, Cal Oren, a parishioner at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Maryland, and mentions his priest and khouria, Fr. Gregory and Frederica Mathewes-Green.

"Over the last 20 years," reports Freedman, "the Antiochian Orthodox Church — with its roots in Syria and Lebanon and its longtime membership in the United States made up almost entirely of Middle Eastern immigrants and their descendants — has become the destination of choice for thousands of Protestants of Northern European ancestry." The NY Times reporter quotes Antiochian theology professor Bradley Nassif as explaining that about 70 percent of Antiochian priests in the U.S. are now converts.

Read the article in its entirety here.