In American Orthodoxy, once you no longer have enough funds to maintain a priest then the parish will lose its priest. And if certain jurisdictions are experiencing a priest shortage, then those dying parishes would be the last place any priest would want to go.
Well, that would then seem to guarantee that EO would not survive there. But then how does that go along with the Great Commission and Evangelization, one wonders.
If you were that young priest, why would you ever choose to go to a small rural and perhaps depressed area when there are places with large Greek Orthodox populations waiting to be served?
Well, there have been clergy who did go out to such places to take the faith to others, to "go into all the world". Fr. DeSmet, and Bishop Tuttle and Brother Van Orsdel didn't go out to Montana Territory to minister to lots of RC or Episcopalians or Methodists but to take Christianity to the unchurched.
I'm not trying to be difficult, but if there are only 2 priests for 1100 families between the two parishes, that kind of looks like a 'priest shortage' to me.
I think it becomes very clear why dying parishes are ignored. We may see this begin to happen in the Rust Belt. Many of the parishes in that region are losing membership rapidly due to loss of jobs, intermarriage out of the faith and lack of welcoming in those who are not Orthodox.
I'm sorry, I don't quite understand the last bit. Do you mean that the EO parishes that are dying are not welcoming to non-EO or that the non-EO local people are not welcoming to EO. I apologize for being dense.
I don't know the numbers for how many GOA parishs and how many priests they have. I'd have to do some research. But how will a parish thrive if there is no priest one wonders?It won't thrive without a priest.
That seems to be clear and it doesn't seem like a good thing.
The priests in our Archdiocese aren't exactly circuit riding but by splitting their time with their established parish and a mission within driving distance, they are able to meet this need and bring more into the faith.
That's how it works in Montana, actually, from what I've read.
Most ethnic priests in all the jurisdictions have the mentality of only serving a specific ethnic group. Once that group moves or stops attending, the parish usually folds no matter where it is located.
And then other Christian Churches may minister to those people, may be, but not EO...?