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« on: April 08, 2010, 07:08:58 PM »

In the case of widower priests, do they often continue functioning as parish priests, or do they instead enter monastic life?  Is it perfectly acceptable for a widower priest to not enter monastic life (perhaps for health reasons)?  Just wondering. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 07:20:38 PM »

Depends on the priest.

Most priests in the US have some sort of Health Insurance paid for by the parish through the Diocese, so I don't see why their decision would be based on health.

Just because a priest retires from the priesthood doesn't mean he has to pack up and move to Mt. Athos!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 07:29:57 PM »

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If a widowed priest feels called to the monastic life he will be able to test his vocation in a monastery.   The final decision as to whether he becomes a monk or not will lie in the hands of the abbot in consultation with the monastery's council of elders.
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2010, 09:11:16 PM »

In the case of widower priests, do they often continue functioning as parish priests,

Yes.  I know of two cases in my metropolitan area where a widowed Priest continued to serve after becoming a widower.

or do they instead enter monastic life?  Is it perfectly acceptable for a widower priest to not enter monastic life (perhaps for health reasons)?  Just wondering. 

A widowed Priest is eligible to be elevated to Bishop.  However, in the USA, widowed Priests do not enter monastic life.
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2010, 09:32:46 PM »


A widowed Priest is eligible to be elevated to Bishop.  However, in the USA, widowed Priests do not enter monastic life.

Thank you for this information. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2010, 09:49:27 PM »

A widowed Priest is eligible to be elevated to Bishop.  However, in the USA, widowed Priests do not enter monastic life.
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Is there a reason for that in the USA?  In the "home" countries widowed priests have the option of monastic life if they feel that God is calling them to it.  It's seen as a normal thing to do.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2010, 11:06:52 PM »

And there is also the Greek custom of bestowing the honorary title Archimandrite to a retiring widower-priest, even though that priest has not entered a monastery. It's like a military officer gaining an extra rank on retiring.
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2010, 11:24:18 PM »

The title Archimandrite is often given to celebate priests who are not monks
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2010, 12:48:40 AM »

I know of one GOA widower priest who is on the official list of priests certifiably eligible to become bishops.  I actually met and know the man; he'd make a great bishop, IMHO.
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2010, 04:58:48 PM »

A widowed Priest is eligible to be elevated to Bishop.  However, in the USA, widowed Priests do not enter monastic life.
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Is there a reason for that in the USA?  In the "home" countries widowed priests have the option of monastic life if they feel that God is calling them to it.  It's seen as a normal thing to do.

Bishop Nikon, Bishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, is also a Widowed Priest.  The OCA and GOA feel it is appropriate to elevate Widowed Priests to Bishops via Economia.

Bishop Nikon's Biography from the OCA
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