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Being Present: An Intimate Portrait of a Woman Hospital Chaplain


While completing an undergraduate degree in religion from Haverford College, Sarah Byrne-Martelli participated in College Year in Athens. She came into personal contact with a professor of religious studies, and at her prodding she visited an all women’s monastery, the ...

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On the Dormition of the Theotokos


This past weekend was celebrated the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. For all of Greece, and in fact for all Orthodoxy, this feast is considered a second Christmas. It always gives me a pause to reflect on this looming ...

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Panagia Soumela


  This past weekend the Church and Holy Foundation of Panagia Soumela celebrated its fifth year along  the verdant rolling plots in the town of West Milford, New Jersey.  The foundation organizes the annual feast to coincide with the feast ...

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St Markella: The Patron of Victims of Sexual Incest


This is a scene out of a horror film:  imagine you are an 18-year-old girl running into the jagged rocky shore of the sea with no one around to hear your screams for help.  You are running frantically to escape ...

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St Noyala (AKA Nouala AKA Newylin):The Cephalophore or Head-Bearer


There is a great body of Orthodox saints from the UK and France, or what once was considered the kingdoms of the Angles and Saxons and Normans.  Some are obscure because they are from the faraway north, but they are ...

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