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Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« on: November 04, 2004, 10:58:38 AM »
Church seeking wives for priests

The Church of Greece yesterday launched a campaign to help young priests overcome a growing problem — finding a wife in an age when Greek women are more and more reluctant to embrace an austere lifestyle.

The highly conservative church announced that a new committee would examine “pastoral methods to obtain and prepare priests’ wives.” Young Greek would-be priests are expected to find a wife before being ordained. But many run into problems because potential wives are often discouraged by constraints on entertainment and by the dress code associated with their future husbands’ profession, church officials admit.

“They just need to be told convincingly that life with a priest is not substantially different from that with any other husband,” said one priest, who declined to be named.

But a church spokesman rejected media speculation that church-run catechism classes could be turned into matchmaking courses. (AFP)

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Re:Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2004, 11:04:47 AM »
Maybe they need some good Russian girls?

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Re:Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2004, 12:37:20 PM »
What about me?  They could find me a wife too!

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2004, 01:40:48 PM »
Sign me up :-P  Greeks are pretty hot.  :-D
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Re:Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2004, 01:57:19 PM »
Ah, if I was single, my name would be on the list right after ania's  ;). Once in awhile, my mom will still tell me, "oh, you could of had your pick of nice boys who wanted to be a priest!" lol

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Re:Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2004, 02:07:26 PM »
This is very good. Let me give an example: at SVS we have 80 something guys.  50 of them are probably single.  We have about 10 girls.  Are they all going to get married? No. So it's very competitive here to try and find someone.  Hence, I would like to see Orthodox Churches be more proactive about creating situations where people can meet future mates (dances, parties, young adult retreats, etc).

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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2004, 02:16:48 PM »
I was told that the GOA does have something like this...a Greek Orthodox friend of mine was telling me about these "conferences" they have in certain parts of the country that are basically like go-find-a-Greek-wife meetups. He was amazed that Russians don't have this (if we do, I was never invited  ;))

Then again, I was amazed to find out that the Greeks in my area made their own Greek Phonebook so they all can keep track of each other!

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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2004, 04:30:32 PM »
"Need a light for that votive candle?"
"What's a nice girl like you doing at a retreat like this?"
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Re:Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2004, 06:34:12 PM »
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 "Need a light for that votive candle?"
"What's a nice girl like you doing at a retreat like this?"
"Confess here often?"
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LOL.
hmmmm...

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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2004, 07:00:25 PM »
Of course a guy who's going to be a priest can always promise "A little wine, a loaf of bread, and candles" ;)
Proverbs 22:7

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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2004, 08:20:26 PM »
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Hence, I would like to see Orthodox Churches be more proactive about creating situations where people can meet future mates (dances, parties, young adult retreats, etc).

You're definitely not the only one!

It would be nice idea to get something like that going, I wonder why anyone hasn't thought of it before? I have to admit that I would be most interested in meeting some other Orthodox people my age, and if they were female - even better!  ;)

Let's get the party started!  :smiliedisco1:   ;D

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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2004, 08:23:44 PM »
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"Need a light for that votive candle?"
"What's a nice girl like you doing at a retreat like this?"
"Confess here often?"
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 :rofl: - That's hilarious Crucifer, lol -  :smiley1:

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Re:Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2004, 09:17:19 PM »
I do not think you need a woman. Just become a monk..... ;D
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2004, 10:00:52 PM »
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I do not think you need a woman. Just become a monk.....   ;D

It's funny you mention that, because to be honest with you, that thought has crossed my mind. I've been pondering the idea for at least the past 4-5 years or so. I still haven't even visited a monastery, although I would like to do so to take a "spiritual retreat" for month or so and just be away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just spend plenty of quality time with my Maker in prayer and liturgy. It is on my list of things to do within the next 3-5 years - God willing, sooner than that!

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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2004, 11:29:16 PM »
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Re:Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2004, 05:18:26 PM »
But if you're single and Orthodox, why do you have to limit yourself to other Orthodox people?  Maybe you'll want to marry someone who is not Orthodox and then bring that person to the truth?
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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2004, 07:14:42 PM »
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But if you're single and Orthodox, why do you have to limit yourself to other Orthodox people?  Maybe you'll want to marry someone who is not Orthodox and then bring that person to the truth?

Because in most that cases that is easier said than done.

And what if they are happy in their own faith traditions and they are entering into the marriage with the idea of trying to bring you into their version of truth?

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« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2004, 02:20:58 PM »
A lot of people do it.  All 3 of my uncles married non-Orthodox.  2 converted before the weddings, the 3rd 15 years after the wedding.
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« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2004, 09:10:40 PM »
Missionary dating can work.  I know.  :)
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« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2004, 09:37:27 PM »
I knew you had an agenda :P
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« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2004, 09:56:02 PM »
One of the two reasons I gave up on my ex-fiancee who was Muslim (reason #1 was I was still in love with my ex-girlfriend and now wife, Michaela) was that she backed out of wanting to convert to Christianity.  I didn't want to take the risk that she would try to raise the kids Muslims.

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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2004, 10:02:29 PM »
You know you like it... :)
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« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2004, 10:52:06 PM »
Hopefully you'd discuss faith issues before being married.
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Re:Greek Church seeking wives for priests
« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2004, 01:36:04 AM »
Well, for those of you who are Coptic Orthodox and are looking for a wife/husband, I found this site. It kind of surprised and disturbed me at the same time....

http://copticmatch.com/

What do you think?

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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2004, 10:16:41 PM »
Well....all I can say to the priests is welcome to life. No one is really interested in being holy anymore in my opinion. Women can be very materialistic at times and this just shows how people just don't care anymore about living for God. Of course, God doesn't really help matters himself.  If I was in there position I would just give up. Marriage is overrated, being with someone else is overrated, hell life is itself is overrated.
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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2004, 01:49:39 AM »
You're just spreading cheer all over the place, huh?  ;D

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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2004, 12:33:28 AM »
You're just spreading cheer all over the place, huh?  ;D

Yes I am........bah humbug.
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2004, 02:54:34 AM »
You're in my prayers sinjin, though not being a righteous man (me, that is) I don't know how effective they are.

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« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2004, 10:46:45 AM »
Most of the to-be priests who want to be married priests eventually find a wife.  It's harder these days, true, but I've been friends with a lot of seminarians, & they find girls who suit.
I think a harder situation is when someone is already married & all of a sudden feels the calling.  Say if a woman's husband, a successful business man, suddenly opts for a life of service, and almost certainly financial hardship, it's a lot harder to deal than if the woman already knows what she's getting into from the get-go.
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« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2011, 01:23:30 PM »
Well....all I can say to the priests is welcome to life. No one is really interested in being holy anymore in my opinion. Women can be very materialistic at times and this just shows how people just don't care anymore about living for God. Of course, God doesn't really help matters himself.  If I was in there position I would just give up. Marriage is overrated, being with someone else is overrated, hell life is itself is overrated.
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« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2011, 01:31:51 PM »
Whatever happened to sinjin?

Not sure... he isn't around Monachos anymore either (though he seemed to never be particular active there, and stopped posting there long before he left here). Looking at his last post in his history... he might be the first person in oc.net history to make an "I'm leaving this forum" post and then actually following through with it. Too bad, that.