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« on: October 22, 2012, 09:41:12 PM »

Given that New Mexico is such a "Catholic State," it surprises me that there seems to be no move for a Western Rite Orthodox parish out here. Does anyone know of any such plans?
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 06:03:38 AM »

Given that New Mexico is such a "Catholic State," it surprises me that there seems to be no move for a Western Rite Orthodox parish out here. Does anyone know of any such plans?

I know of a ROCOR monastic, Fr. Joshua (IIRC), who is in New Mexico and has a small dual-rite hermitage.  That might well be about it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2012, 09:34:07 AM »

Given that New Mexico is such a "Catholic State," it surprises me that there seems to be no move for a Western Rite Orthodox parish out here. Does anyone know of any such plans?

I know of a ROCOR monastic, Fr. Joshua (IIRC), who is in New Mexico and has a small dual-rite hermitage.  That might well be about it.
Thanks for the response. Do you happen to know where in New Mexico that hermitag is located?
I'm guessing that one cannot visit a hermitage, correct?
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2012, 12:49:18 PM »

It is in Canones.  I visited it once on my way home to Utah from visiting my family.  It is a really nice monastery - I wish I could have stayed there longer than a few hours.
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2012, 02:32:35 PM »

It is in Canones.  I visited it once on my way home to Utah from visiting my family.  It is a really nice monastery - I wish I could have stayed there longer than a few hours.
Maybe I will be able to visit some day. But it looks like I'll have to travel out of state in order to visit a WR parish.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2012, 03:18:24 PM »

It is in Canones.  I visited it once on my way home to Utah from visiting my family.  It is a really nice monastery - I wish I could have stayed there longer than a few hours.
Maybe I will be able to visit some day. But it looks like I'll have to travel out of state in order to visit a WR parish.

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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2012, 03:31:00 PM »

It is in Canones.  I visited it once on my way home to Utah from visiting my family.  It is a really nice monastery - I wish I could have stayed there longer than a few hours.
Maybe I will be able to visit some day. But it looks like I'll have to travel out of state in order to visit a WR parish.

Are you having second thoughts? Wink
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2012, 03:34:04 PM »

^ I'll add that I am considering returning to regular attendance at the local Byzantine Catholic Church.
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2012, 03:39:34 PM »

Haha, no. I love my faith, but that doesn't mean that I don't have great love and respect for the Orthodox Church. Your church is great. I've always felt my feet to be in both the Latin and Byzantine worlds.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2012, 06:17:39 AM »

Given that New Mexico is such a "Catholic State," it surprises me that there seems to be no move for a Western Rite Orthodox parish out here. Does anyone know of any such plans?

I know of a ROCOR monastic, Fr. Joshua (IIRC), who is in New Mexico and has a small dual-rite hermitage.  That might well be about it.
Thanks for the response. Do you happen to know where in New Mexico that hermitag is located?
I'm guessing that one cannot visit a hermitage, correct?

I'm friends with Fr. Joshua. I'm certain he'd love to have you as a visitor. I can contact him and see when a good time for us to visit would be.

And yes, you should totally come back.

I didn't know that it was dual-rite - I know that Fr. Joshua was raised Episcopalian, converted to Catholicism, and was a seminarian for a few years, before becoming Orthodox.
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2012, 06:32:02 PM »

Given that New Mexico is such a "Catholic State," it surprises me that there seems to be no move for a Western Rite Orthodox parish out here. Does anyone know of any such plans?

I know of a ROCOR monastic, Fr. Joshua (IIRC), who is in New Mexico and has a small dual-rite hermitage.  That might well be about it.
Thanks for the response. Do you happen to know where in New Mexico that hermitag is located?
I'm guessing that one cannot visit a hermitage, correct?

I'm friends with Fr. Joshua. I'm certain he'd love to have you as a visitor. I can contact him and see when a good time for us to visit would be.
That would be awesome. Let's make it happen.

And yes, you should totally come back.
Hopefully I'll bee there either this week or next. How is Fr. Chris?
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2012, 06:51:20 PM »

Since Byzantine is what you are comfortable with, I assume you know St. George GOC here in Albuquerque? As far as I know, other than St. Pishoy COC, they're the only game in town for Orthodoxy. Nice folks. Met one of their parishioners in line at Costco a few months back, of all places, and all my friends from church tell me that their church is beautiful and their food/cultural festival is a lot of fun. Never been to either myself, though I might have to go one of these days, if I get the chance.

Where do Eastern Catholics go, by the way? The only place I know of is Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Alvarado (?), which I've also never been to (neat website, though). I'm just curious because we have two Eastern Catholics who regularly come to our liturgies and say that they like it better (one of them said "it's really Eastern, even though it's in English", but I have no idea what that means), so I get the impression that Eastern Catholicism in this area leaves something to be desired.  Undecided
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2012, 06:53:53 PM »

Given that New Mexico is such a "Catholic State," it surprises me that there seems to be no move for a Western Rite Orthodox parish out here. Does anyone know of any such plans?

I know of a ROCOR monastic, Fr. Joshua (IIRC), who is in New Mexico and has a small dual-rite hermitage.  That might well be about it.
Thanks for the response. Do you happen to know where in New Mexico that hermitag is located?
I'm guessing that one cannot visit a hermitage, correct?

I'm friends with Fr. Joshua. I'm certain he'd love to have you as a visitor. I can contact him and see when a good time for us to visit would be.

And yes, you should totally come back.

I didn't know that it was dual-rite - I know that Fr. Joshua was raised Episcopalian, converted to Catholicism, and was a seminarian for a few years, before becoming Orthodox.

I might be wrong, but I remember very distinctly that it is dual-rite.
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2012, 07:01:05 PM »

Since Byzantine is what you are comfortable with, I assume you know St. George GOC here in Albuquerque? As far as I know, other than St. Pishoy COC, they're the only game in town for Orthodoxy. Nice folks. Met one of their parishioners in line at Costco a few months back, of all places, and all my friends from church tell me that their church is beautiful and their food/cultural festival is a lot of fun. Never been to either myself, though I might have to go one of these days, if I get the chance.

Where do Eastern Catholics go, by the way? The only place I know of is Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Alvarado (?), which I've also never been to (neat website, though). I'm just curious because we have two Eastern Catholics who regularly come to our liturgies and say that they like it better (one of them said "it's really Eastern, even though it's in English", but I have no idea what that means), so I get the impression that Eastern Catholicism in this area leaves something to be desired.  Undecided
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« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2012, 08:13:02 PM »

Oh, you're right. There is that OCA parish. Forgot about that one.

Well, I'm very biased toward St. Pishoy COC. Cheesy But even if I weren't, I think everyone is quite nice. And we do happen to have just purchased a building of some kind (I think I'm the only person in the congregation who hasn't seen it, for some reason), which will be consecrated by HG Bishop Youssef sometime in January, I'm told...that could be a nice time to check it out, as visits from HG always attract all the area Copts (pretty much us + the congregations of St. Mark-Phoenix and St. Mary-Peoria in AZ), so the church is full and joyous.

I don't know of any other OO churches in the area, unfortunately. Wikipedia lists a Syriac Orthodox Church (St. Basil) here in Albuquerque, but that's certainly wrong, as it is not listed in the directory of churches found on the Malankara Diocese of the SOC in North America's website (this thing here).
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2012, 09:41:29 AM »

Oh, you're right. There is that OCA parish. Forgot about that one.

Well, I'm very biased toward St. Pishoy COC. Cheesy But even if I weren't, I think everyone is quite nice. And we do happen to have just purchased a building of some kind (I think I'm the only person in the congregation who hasn't seen it, for some reason), which will be consecrated by HG Bishop Youssef sometime in January, I'm told...that could be a nice time to check it out, as visits from HG always attract all the area Copts (pretty much us + the congregations of St. Mark-Phoenix and St. Mary-Peoria in AZ), so the church is full and joyous.

I don't know of any other OO churches in the area, unfortunately. Wikipedia lists a Syriac Orthodox Church (St. Basil) here in Albuquerque, but that's certainly wrong, as it is not listed in the directory of churches found on the Malankara Diocese of the SOC in North America's website (this thing here).
I'll have to visit in January then. In what language is the Liturgy celebrated?
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2012, 12:29:39 PM »

The liturgy is about 80% in English, and the parts that are in Arabic or Coptic are generally repetitions or variations of things that we've already said in English. We've got one of those infernal projection screens with a trilingual English/Arabic/Coptic translation, anyway, so there's never a time when you won't know what's going on.
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2012, 03:27:43 PM »

The liturgy is about 80% in English, and the parts that are in Arabic or Coptic are generally repetitions or variations of things that we've already said in English. We've got one of those infernal projection screens with a trilingual English/Arabic/Coptic translation, anyway, so there's never a time when you won't know what's going on.
Would it be possible to use a missal instead of a projection screen?
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« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2012, 03:58:56 PM »

Not only is it possible -- it's preferred! (But the screens stay either way; I shouldn't assume that we'll have them in the new church, but unfortunately they are quite popular in the diaspora, and it seems rare to find one without them. So not using them in this context means that you pick up a liturgy book instead of looking at the screen, not that they shut the screen down or whatever.)

There is something to be said for placement of the screen, if they're really so essential. Something like this I would consider very bad placement (and not very good cantoring, either, but that's a different story...), but at the church at which I was baptized, St. Mark-Phoenix, they have screens of roughly the same size, but mounted to the ceiling, off to the side (think far left end of pew/farthest from the altar; you wouldn't be able to see them from the vantage point of that video) so that they are not in the way of the icons or anything else in the altar. So I have reason to hope that our new church will have the same kind of setup, since we're served by the same priests from the church in Phoenix that already has it like that.

(Hey, alright, I made it through a whole post about projector screens in church without cursing...gettin' better!)
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« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2012, 04:04:45 PM »

Not only is it possible -- it's preferred! (But the screens stay either way; I shouldn't assume that we'll have them in the new church, but unfortunately they are quite popular in the diaspora, and it seems rare to find one without them. So not using them in this context means that you pick up a liturgy book instead of looking at the screen, not that they shut the screen down or whatever.)

There is something to be said for placement of the screen, if they're really so essential. Something like this I would consider very bad placement (and not very good cantoring, either, but that's a different story...), but at the church at which I was baptized, St. Mark-Phoenix, they have screens of roughly the same size, but mounted to the ceiling, off to the side (think far left end of pew/farthest from the altar; you wouldn't be able to see them from the vantage point of that video) so that they are not in the way of the icons or anything else in the altar. So I have reason to hope that our new church will have the same kind of setup, since we're served by the same priests from the church in Phoenix that already has it like that.

(Hey, alright, I made it through a whole post about projector screens in church without cursing...gettin' better!)
I'm surprised to see something like that in an Orthodox Church, though my experience is limited.
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Yeah, it's really quite unfortunate. Sad
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« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2012, 12:14:14 PM »

Since Byzantine is what you are comfortable with, I assume you know St. George GOC here in Albuquerque? As far as I know, other than St. Pishoy COC, they're the only game in town for Orthodoxy. Nice folks. Met one of their parishioners in line at Costco a few months back, of all places, and all my friends from church tell me that their church is beautiful and their food/cultural festival is a lot of fun. Never been to either myself, though I might have to go one of these days, if I get the chance.

Where do Eastern Catholics go, by the way? The only place I know of is Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Alvarado (?), which I've also never been to (neat website, though). I'm just curious because we have two Eastern Catholics who regularly come to our liturgies and say that they like it better (one of them said "it's really Eastern, even though it's in English", but I have no idea what that means), so I get the impression that Eastern Catholicism in this area leaves something to be desired.  Undecided

I bet you almost anything that the guy you ran into was one of my closest friends - he's going to seminary next fall. Love that guy. We both love Costco, too. :-p He's right - St. George's is the most beautiful church in the state.

There are Greek, Russian, and Antiochian (convert, not ethnic) churches in Santa Fe, and there's All Saints of North America (OCA) off of 4th Street by El Pinto (Fr. Nikoley) in Albuquerque as well. Fr. Joshua has his hermitage down in Belen - also, there is a monastery up by Abiquiu - Antiochian or Russian? I can't remember.

Most Eastern Catholics go to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We have a large extended family of Chaldeans coming here, some Melkites/Antiochians, and some Syriac Christians. Honestly, they're so jumbled up, I honestly don't know who's Catholic and who's not - none of them really care. They view it as all the same. We also have Ukrainian Byzantine Catholics coming here too, and some Maronites.

We had a Maronite mission here but that fizzled after one Maronite family moved to Florida.

There is an Indian mission of some kind (don't know if Malabar or Malankaran) at Our Lady of the Annunciation. There are also various Eastern Catholics scattered all around the city at various Roman parishes.

As far as St. Pishoy goes, I've met George from there - he visited OLPH a couple of times and was friends with a Maronite friend of mine who's since left.

There are also at least two really tiny really crazy tiny Old Calendarist is True Greek Orthodox Catholic Church of America or something like that here . . . they came to Orthodox Christian Fellowship at UNM (I go occasionally) and were trying to convert people.

OLPH is pretty Eastern, though, I would say. Love that place.
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As far as St. Pishoy goes, I've met George from there - he visited OLPH a couple of times and was friends with a Maronite friend of mine who's since left.

Yeah, we try to be friends with everybody. Smiley Both our Georges are very nice.

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« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2012, 02:21:01 PM »

Since Byzantine is what you are comfortable with, I assume you know St. George GOC here in Albuquerque? As far as I know, other than St. Pishoy COC, they're the only game in town for Orthodoxy. Nice folks. Met one of their parishioners in line at Costco a few months back, of all places, and all my friends from church tell me that their church is beautiful and their food/cultural festival is a lot of fun. Never been to either myself, though I might have to go one of these days, if I get the chance.

Where do Eastern Catholics go, by the way? The only place I know of is Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Alvarado (?), which I've also never been to (neat website, though). I'm just curious because we have two Eastern Catholics who regularly come to our liturgies and say that they like it better (one of them said "it's really Eastern, even though it's in English", but I have no idea what that means), so I get the impression that Eastern Catholicism in this area leaves something to be desired.  Undecided

I bet you almost anything that the guy you ran into was one of my closest friends - he's going to seminary next fall. Love that guy. We both love Costco, too. :-p He's right - St. George's is the most beautiful church in the state.

There are Greek, Russian, and Antiochian (convert, not ethnic) churches in Santa Fe, and there's All Saints of North America (OCA) off of 4th Street by El Pinto (Fr. Nikoley) in Albuquerque as well. Fr. Joshua has his hermitage down in Belen - also, there is a monastery up by Abiquiu - Antiochian or Russian? I can't remember.

Most Eastern Catholics go to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We have a large extended family of Chaldeans coming here, some Melkites/Antiochians, and some Syriac Christians. Honestly, they're so jumbled up, I honestly don't know who's Catholic and who's not - none of them really care. They view it as all the same. We also have Ukrainian Byzantine Catholics coming here too, and some Maronites.

We had a Maronite mission here but that fizzled after one Maronite family moved to Florida.

There is an Indian mission of some kind (don't know if Malabar or Malankaran) at Our Lady of the Annunciation. There are also various Eastern Catholics scattered all around the city at various Roman parishes.

As far as St. Pishoy goes, I've met George from there - he visited OLPH a couple of times and was friends with a Maronite friend of mine who's since left.

There are also at least two really tiny really crazy tiny Old Calendarist is True Greek Orthodox Catholic Church of America or something like that here . . . they came to Orthodox Christian Fellowship at UNM (I go occasionally) and were trying to convert people.

OLPH is pretty Eastern, though, I would say. Love that place.
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Resurrection!!!!

On topic, too.

So, I was speaking with my priest earlier today and happened to mention this thread. He informed me that there used to be two Western Rite parishes here in New Mexico, but both for various reasons switched to Eastern Rite. One of those parishes happens to be Holy Trinity, where I attend.

Apparently, they switched to Eastern Rite after about a year of being a Western Rite parish. Before the parish had converted and they were High Church Episcopalians who happened to be quite fond of mixing some Eastern hymns into the Liturgy. After converting to Orthodoxy and the Western Rite, they were informed that this would no longer fly- if the Liturgy was Western, keep it Western, otherwise switch to Eastern. I guess they really liked the Eastern hymns  laugh
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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2013, 07:11:54 PM »

Not only is it possible -- it's preferred!

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« Reply #26 on: May 05, 2013, 07:13:18 PM »

There are Greek, Russian, and Antiochian (convert, not ethnic) churches in Santa Fe, and there's All Saints of North America (OCA) off of 4th Street by El Pinto (Fr. Nikoley) in Albuquerque as well.

Interesting. Do any of them use any Spanish in the liturgy?
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