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How are you related to the Priests?

I am a Priest
5 (12.8%)
I am going to be a Priest
1 (2.6%)
I'm considering becoming a Priest
4 (10.3%)
I've got a Priest in my close family
6 (15.4%)
I've got a Priest in the further branch of my family
7 (17.9%)
I haven't got any Priests in my family
16 (41%)

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Offline mike

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Priests around us
« on: January 09, 2010, 04:46:30 PM »
Browsing the forum I've been getting more and more curious about Priests on the board. Please vote in the poll and elaborate a bit.

So I'm not a Priest ;) and am not planning to be a Priest. My mother's brother is a Priest and my mother's cousin's husband is a Deacon and a godfather of me. I also have a few Priests in the further family.
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2010, 04:58:16 PM »
I don't have an Orthodox priest in my family, and I'm not priestly material (besides, they'd probably first insist that I go to Church and be Orthodox for a few months in a row or something silly like that  :P). And fwiw, if it means anything, I don't have clergy of other Christian groups in my family either. I guess the Kissels are just doomed to be lay people.  ;)
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2010, 05:02:08 PM »
Neither I nor anyone in my family is a priest.

Maybe the closest relation to an Orthodox clergyman that I could claim is this. My late father-in-law (Lesya's father) as a young boy grew up in Eastern Poland, near Chelm, an area very densely populated at that time by Orthodox Ukrainians. At that time, the Ukrainian Orthodox Bishop of Chelm called Vladyka +HILARION (Ohienko) (UAOC) was his patron and something like a mentor. It was in the late 1930-s and early 1940-s.

I am very fascinated by this fact because Vl. +HILARION (professor Ivan Ohienko) is now known as the author of maybe the best translation of the Bible into Ukrainian. It's a shame I only learned about the friendship between my father-in-law and Vladyka Hilarion when my father-in-law was already dead (+1995). Lesya and I just accidentally discovered a book given as a gift from Vl. Hilarion to Lesya's dad in ~1940, with an inscription containing some very nice, warm words.
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010, 05:21:48 PM »
I have two protestant pastors as brother-in-laws. But I voted "I haven't got any priests in my family" because they are not priests.

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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2010, 05:37:13 PM »
I don't have any priests in my family.

I have, however, considered the priesthood (and the diaconate) and am still thinking about it.  The thing I have to consider most is my wife, who is not Orthodox, although she has expressed interest.  I really can't do much about ordination until she joins the Church, so, for the time being, it's rattling around in my head.
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2010, 04:02:34 AM »
One of my cousins was married to a son of an Orthodox Priest, who is now deceased.

Even though I could have voted "I haven't got any Priests in my family" which is true today, I still consider the deceased Priest as part of my family and voted as such.

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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2010, 08:22:41 PM »
My aunt's brother is a Roman Catholic priest, and his parish was located in Macau.  He has since retired as a parish priest, and is now living in Portugal.  Other than that, my family is priestless.  :)
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2010, 06:17:44 PM »
I am a priest, and within 4 degrees of relationship (1 degree is child-parent, parent-child, child-godparent, and spouse-spouse; 2 degrees is child-parent-grandparent, child-sibling {because it goes child-parent-child}, etc.) I have 5 priests in my family (incl. my wife's family).  Within 7 degrees I have an additional 2-4 priests (I'm not exactly sure).
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2010, 06:50:53 PM »
I am a priest, and within 4 degrees of relationship (1 degree is child-parent, parent-child, child-godparent, and spouse-spouse; 2 degrees is child-parent-grandparent, child-sibling {because it goes child-parent-child}, etc.) I have 5 priests in my family (incl. my wife's family).  Within 7 degrees I have an additional 2-4 priests (I'm not exactly sure).
In Poland we have some similar Priest's clans.

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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2010, 06:53:57 PM »
I'm the first person in my family to convert to Orthodoxy, so no priests anywhere in my family.
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2010, 12:02:32 AM »
A first cousin who's a priest and archimandrite.
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2010, 12:14:02 AM »
My father was an Orthodox priest for almost 66 years, my brother is an active Orthodox priest and my late Godfather was an Orthodox priest for 53 years. Five of my childhood friends from our parish became priests and one of them will become a Bishop next year.

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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2010, 12:58:51 AM »
No priests but my grandfather was a chanter and his brother went back to Syria and became a hermit.
I don't know if he was tonsured a monk but my grandfather told my dad that his uncle had become a holy
man that many people came to for advice.


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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2010, 01:13:08 AM »
No priests but my grandfather was a chanter and his brother went back to Syria and became a hermit.
I don't know if he was tonsured a monk but my grandfather told my dad that his uncle had become a holy
man that many people came to for advice.



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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2010, 03:47:48 AM »
I suppose part of the reason I am a priest is because my Great-Grandfather was a monk in a monastery who ran off with a local girl, and now I must be fulfilling part of his vow.   :-\
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2010, 09:12:57 AM »
My grand-grand-grandparent was. He got hanged by the Turks for sneaking some from Minor Asia to Greece.
I've considered becoming a priest. Chances are that I won't though. I'll keep on preaching as a layman.

I suppose part of the reason I am a priest is because my Great-Grandfather was a monk in a monastery who ran off with a local girl, and now I must be fulfilling part of his vow.   :-\
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2010, 09:20:06 AM »
My godson is a priest.
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2010, 09:56:18 AM »
While I have no Orthodox clergy in my family, on my mother's side I have an Uncle that was a Catholic missionary priest (May his memory be eternal!) and an aunt that was a Franciscan nun (may her memory be eternal!) On my father's side I have an aunt that was a Poor Claire nun (may her memory be eternal!) 

The story of my Uncle Norm intrigues me because he went to Africa as part of his missionary work. Unfortunately he died when I was a young child, so I never really got to know him, but I do remember his funeral.
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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2010, 12:58:35 PM »
There were some priests in my family by mid eighteenth century, during the episcopate of Sinesie Jivanovici of Arad (1751-1768). Still have a relative (father's cousin of sorts) who is a priest.

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Re: Priests around us
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2010, 07:40:35 PM »
Though my family is Baptist I am the only one in my family to convert to Orthodoxy and to become a Priest. I have been the Priesthood for 14 years and now a Bishop.