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Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« on: September 01, 2013, 09:34:30 PM »
So besides Lev Gillet, St. Gorazd, Gabriel Bunge, what other Catholic priests have converted to Orthodoxy?  Has a bishop ever done so?
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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2013, 10:10:07 PM »
Does Alexis Toth count? He was a Byzantine Catholic priest before converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2013, 10:21:35 PM »
Fr. Dajad Yardemian, of the Armenian Western Diocese in the US, was an Armenian Catholic priest before converting.
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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 05:56:42 AM »
Them: http://www.monasterujkowice.pl/index.php

As for bishops, Joseph (Siemaszko) comes to mind.

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 11:24:12 AM »
Fr Orestes Chornock.

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2013, 11:30:14 AM »
IIRC akimel of OCnet is a former Catholic priest.

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013, 11:50:11 AM »
Fr Orestes Chornock.

There were a number of Greek Catholic clergy who followed Father Orestes...I recall Fr. Stephen Varzaly, Father Peter Molchany, Fr. Irenaus Dohly, Fr. Peter Zapotocky (he died Greek Catholic though) and many others whose names I forgot.

In recent years Father Nicholas Ferenc and Father Donald Valasek left the BCC and serve ACROD Parishes today.

Then there is the sad story of Fr. Stephen Dzubay , who was Chancellor for the Slavic Greek Catholics in 1916, bypassed by Rome on the death of Bishop Ortynsky, made a Bishop for the  Rusyns by the Russian Orthodox, left without a portfolio by them upon the Revolution and returned to the RCC and died in an upstate NY Graymoor monastery in 1933.

There are others....

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2013, 11:51:57 AM »
Fr. William Popp, Fr. John Martin, Frs Paul de Ballester-Convallier, Joachim Parr, John Anthony McGuckin and Alexis van der Mensbrugghe (they were RC monks but not sure whether they were ordained), Dc. Daniel Zelynskyy, Fr. José Cortés y Olmos, Fr. Vincentius Escharcha - first heard of him, Fr. Alexander Dzubay, St. Gabriel Kostelnik, Fr. Réné-Francois Guettée...
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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2013, 11:57:59 AM »
Abbe Guette in France, possibly also Fr. Dennis de Chambeau.

And Bishop Paul of Nazianzus http://orthodoxwiki.org/Paul_(de_Ballester-Convallier)_of_Nazianzus. He was a Franciscan.
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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2013, 12:34:59 PM »
An embittered and dying Bishop Stephen Dzubay was credited with conveying the phrase "Ani do Rim, ani do Moskvi! (neither to Rome nor to Moscow!)" to Father Chornock and several lay people who visited him at the Graymoors shortly before his repose in 1932 when they sought his advice as how to handle the forthcoming Greek Catholic revolt over Latinizations and celibacy. In that sense he pushed Fr. Orestes and the lay leaders into opening channels with the Greek Archbishop of New York, Athenogoras (enthroned in 1930 and born in the same year as Father Chornock. They soon became close friends.) who of course later became the EP. Those channels resulted in the reception into Orthodoxy of what is now ACROD  and the consecration to the episcopacy of Father Orestes in Constantinople in 1938.

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2013, 12:51:37 PM »
Bishop Dzubay apostatised later.

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2013, 08:49:07 PM »
OCA Archbishop Nathaniel (Popp), senior hierarch of the OCA Holy Synod. Ordained as a Romanian Greek Catholic priest in 1966, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1968 .

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2013, 09:01:05 PM »
Were not the late Abps Peter and Job (OCA) also formerly Catholic? 
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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2013, 09:22:54 PM »
Were not the late Abps Peter and Job (OCA) also formerly Catholic?  

I think Arch. Peter was a RC but Arch. Job was cradle Orthodox.  

I forgot about the late Bishop Innocent of Alaska. Born and raised a Byzantine Catholic in Hazleton, Pa, he converted to Orthodoxy while in Seminary at SS Cyril and Methodius BCC in Pittsburgh. He was ordained as a single priest by the late Bishop John of ACROD as Father George Gula in the 1970s. He is buried near his parents' faintly plot at the Byzantine Catholic cemetery in Hazleton, PA!
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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2013, 10:49:40 PM »
Were not the late Abps Peter and Job (OCA) also formerly Catholic?  

I think Arch. Peter was a RC but Arch. Job was cradle Orthodox.  

I forgot about the late Bishop Innocent of Alaska. Born and raised a Byzantine Catholic in Hazleton, Pa, he converted to Orthodoxy while in Seminary at SS Cyril and Methodius BCC in Pittsburgh. He was ordained as a single priest by the late Bishop John of ACROD as Father George Gula in the 1970s. He is buried near his parents' faintly plot at the Byzantine Catholic cemetery in Hazleton, PA!

I could've sworn Abp. Job was EC
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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2013, 04:30:21 PM »
Fr. Joseph Zhuk

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2013, 04:11:36 PM »
Fr. Alexy Young, I think.

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Re: Catholic Priest to Orthodox Christian
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2013, 04:15:21 PM »
There is one who was received as a layman and attends my church.