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Procedure to Become a Priest

Dear Father,
I am a twelve year old an I wish to be a priest. I was wondering if perhaps you could tell me a procedure which would help me do so.

Requirements That Lead to Priesthood

What are all the requirements that lead to the priesthood?

Ordination to Priesthood

I am interested in the priesthood, and I am new to the Orthodox faith, coming over from Roman Catholic, where I was a member of a religious order. Can you tell me what I need to do?

Late Vocations

I am a recent convert to Orthodoxy and am very interested in pursuing a vocation to the priesthood. I am in my mid-40s, a college professor, and have a Ph.D. I have heard very generally about the ...

Priesthood / Languages

I hope you will be able to answer my question, Father.

We are Greek Orthodox. My son has recently shown interest in the priesthood. When I mentioned that he would first have to learn the ...

On-Line Ordinations

What is the official position of the Orthodox Church on clergy ordained through a "mail-order" or "on-line" ministry? I am considering becoming a member of the clergy. While th...

Archpriest / Archimandrite / Protopresbyter

The priest who performed the wedding that Iattended recently has been elevated to the dignity of Archpriest in the Antiochian Church. He is married. Is Archpriest or Propresbyter the highest he ca...

What do all those titles mean?

What about all of those titles then: Patriarch, Metropolitan, Archbishop, Bishop? What does all of this mean?

What are the clerical offices in the Orthodox Church? ... and their significance?

Speaking about the clergy, what are the clerical offices in the Orthodox Church and what is their significance?

Does the Orthodox Church have monks and nuns?

You mentioned monks. Does the Orthodox Church have monks and nuns?

Entering a Monastery

I am a student who is convinced of the vanity and folly of this world and who would like to achieve inner peace the only way it is possible, through Jesus Christ.

Is monastic life the sol...

Meaning in Monasticism

I am neither Roman Catholic nor Orthodox but am learning what I can about both communions. I'm reading Thomas Merton's A Seven Storey Mountain, which leads to the question below.

In the R...

Ordination of Women

What is the orthodox stance on ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopacy, and how do you back it up?

Ordination of Women

To ascertain whether the Orthodox Church is where I belong, I have read a couple of books by Bishop Timothy Ware. I was thrilled at what I read. However, something that I read about recently has t...

Divorce and Ordination

If a person had been married, and then is divorced, can he be ordained? Let's say that the divorce was not his fault, and now he has remarried, can he pursue a priestly vocation?

Does Can...

Personal Faith and the Priesthood

For years I have felt drawn to the priesthood. However, I have one major obstacle to being a priest. I must confess that I am an atheist, or at the very least a very skeptical agnostic. Does ...



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