American Orthodox History

American Orthodox History The story of Orthodoxy in the Americas

Start date: May 2009 34 episodes

Matthew Namee explores our early American Orthodox past. He is a writer and lecturer specializing in early American Orthodoxy. Matthew is also a Founding Director of The Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas (SOCHA). More information about American Orthodox history can be found at the SOCHA website.

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Episodes

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Jun 04, 2012

This Week in American Orthodox History (June 4-8)

This week, Matthew Namee and new co-host Aram Sarkisian discuss, among other things, the Russian Mission in North America, the consecration of Bishop Arseny of Winnipeg, three fascinating early parish priests, and the time Jimmy Carter awarded Archbishop Iakovos the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Mar 20, 2012

This Week in American Orthodox History (March 19-23)

In this episode, Matthew discusses, among other things, some influential early convert priests, the Romanian Bishop Polycarp Morusca, a 1940s attempt at jurisdictional unity, and the renowned church historian Jaroslav Pelikan.

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Mar 12, 2012

This Week in American Orthodox History (March 12-18)

Matthew discusses Philip Ludwell III, St. Alexis Toth, Archimandrite Theoclitos Triantafilides, and others.

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Mar 05, 2012

This Week in American Orthodox History (March 5-11)

Matthew discusses Archbishop Arseny of Winnipeg, the first Orthodox chapel in Oregon, the first All-American Sobor, the funeral of St. Raphael Hawaweeny, and the life of the early Greek priest Fr. Kallinikos Kanellas.

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Feb 29, 2012

Fr. Kallinikos Delveis

Matthew recounts the story of Fr. Kallinikos Delveis, the first priest of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in New York.

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Nov 07, 2011

The Homilies of St. Raphael Hawaweeny

On this special episode of American Orthodox History, recorded at the first symposium on American Orthodox History at Princeton University, Matthew interviews Samuel Noble, a doctoral candidate at Yale University who has been translating from Arabic the homilies of St. Raphael Hawaweeny.

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Oct 19, 2011

St. Tikhon, Enlightener of America

On this special episode of American Orthodox History, recorded at the first symposium on American Orthodox History at Princeton University, Matthew interviews Scott Kenworthy, Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Religion at the University of Miami of Ohio, about St. Tikhon, Enlightener of America.

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Jul 12, 2011

Orthodoxy: Yesterday and Today

Matthew speaks at the Fortieth Biennial Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jun 12, 2010

Bishop Basil and the Episcopal Assembly

Matthew Namee talks with His Grace Bishop Basil, the newly elected Secretary of the Episcopal Assemblies. We learn of his impressions of the historic May 26-28 gathering in New York as well as the assignment he has been given to coordinate the work of the committees that will be formed leading up eventually to a Great and Holy Council.

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May 18, 2010

Our Best Chance Yet

After explaining why the past five attempts to achieve administrative unity in America have failed, Matthew tells us why the sixth attempt, which takes place this coming May 26th-28th, has a very good chance of succeeding.

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Apr 27, 2010

The Stormy Petrel of the Cloth

Matthew tells the story of his favorite figure in American Orthodox History, a fiery Greek Orthodox priest from Philadelphia named Fr. Demetrios Petrides. Learn more HERE.

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Apr 06, 2010

Isabel Hapgood

Matthew introduces us to one of the most prominent females in early American Orthodox history. Learn more HERE.

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Mar 16, 2010

Metropolitan Antony Bashir

Matthew tells the story of Metropolitan Antony Bashir on the 44th anniversary of his death. Learn more HERE.

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Mar 02, 2010

Bishop Nestor Dies at Sea

Matthew recounts another tragedy affecting the St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco. Learn more HERE.

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Feb 03, 2010

The Mysterious Death of Fr. Paul Kedrolivansky

Matthew recounts the first of many scandals that have rocked the St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco and then explains why knowledge of such scandals is important. Learn more HERE.

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Jan 20, 2010

American Feasts of Theophany

Matthew looks at a few of the ways in which Theophany has been celebrated throughout American Orthodox History. Learn more HERE and HERE.

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Dec 16, 2009

Orthodoxy in Colonial Virginia

Matthew interviews Nicholas Chapman, the Managing Director of Orthodox Christian Books, about an 18th-century Orthodox convert from Virginia named Philip Ludwell III. Ludwell gave George Washington his commission in the army and was a cousin of George's wife Martha. Learn more HERE and HERE.

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Dec 02, 2009

Before SCOBA, There was the Federation

Matthew interviews historian Fr. Oliver Herbel about a little-known—though very important—1940s precursor to SCOBA. Learn more HERE.

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Nov 04, 2009

The American Orthodox Catholic Church

Matthew interviews Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Associate Director of the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas, about another of the past attempts at Orthodox administrative unity. Learn more HERE.

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Oct 21, 2009

The Russian Mission in America: Part Two

Matthew continues his discussion with Fr. John Erickson about one of the past attempts at Orthodox administrative unity. Learn more HERE.

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Oct 14, 2009

The Russian Mission in America: Part One

Matthew interviews Fr. John Erickson, the preeminent historian of American Orthodoxy, about one of the past attempts at Orthodox administrative unity. Learn more HERE.

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Sep 30, 2009

The First Two Convert Priests

Matthew discusses the careers of Nicholas Bjerring (1870) and James Chrystal (1868), the first two convert priests in American Orthodox history. Learn more HERE.

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Sep 16, 2009

Fr. Ingram Nathaniel Irvine - Part 2

Matthew continues the story of the first great American convert priest. Learn more HERE.

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Sep 09, 2009

The Strange Career of the Bulgarian Monk

Matthew introduces us to the most outlandish figure in the history of Orthodoxy in America. Learn more HERE.

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Aug 26, 2009

Fr. Ingram Nathaniel Irvine - Part 1

Matthew begins the story of the first great American convert priest. Learn more HERE.

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Aug 13, 2009

Agapius Honcharenko

Matthew tells us about an interesting and colorful character from the late 1800's in American Orthodox history. Learn more HERE.

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Jul 29, 2009

The Myth of Past Unity

This week's episode features a speech that Matthew delivered at the 2009 St. Vladimir's Seminary Summer Conference on the myth of past unity in American Orthodox history. Click here for supplemental material related to this episode.

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Jul 15, 2009

Fr. Raphael Morgan

This week's episode features a speech that Matthew delivered at the 16th Annual Ancient Christianity and African-American Conference on Fr. Raphael Morgan: America's first black Orthodox priest. Click here for supplemental material related to this episode.

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Jul 01, 2009

Alaska - Part 3

Matthew concludes his discussion with Eric Peterson about the spread of Orthodoxy in Alaska from the 18th century to the early 19th century. Click here for supplemental material related to this episode.

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Jun 24, 2009

Alaska - Part 2

Matthew continues his discussion with Eric Peterson about the spread of Orthodoxy in Alaska from the 18th century to the early 19th century. Click here for supplemental material related to this episode.

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Jun 17, 2009

Alaska - Part 1

Matthew interviews Eric Peterson, who has a Master's Degree from the University of Kansas in Russian and East European studies with a focus on Orthodox missions to America. The topic is the spread of Orthodoxy in Alaska from the 18th century to the early 19th century.

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Jun 05, 2009

Chicago, 1888

Matthew tells the story of a pan-Orthodox parish that almost was. Click here for supplemental material related to this episode.

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May 22, 2009

American Orthodoxy in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Matthew provides a brief overview of early American Orthodoxy to establish a framework for future discussions.

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May 05, 2009

Introduction

In his first episode, Matthew explains why it is important to study American Orthodox History.

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