No other Orthodox jurisdiction in America supports its seminarians in this way. The demands of seminary life – morning and evening chapel services, off-campus parish assignments, various assigned chores on and off campus, choir rehearsals, and, of course, class time, homework, and studying – do not leave the seminarian with time to hold down a job.In other jurisdictions, seminarians typically have to incur huge student loan debts that are very difficult to repay after graduation on the salary of a new priest – that is, if the seminarian is even ordained by graduation and is assigned to a parish that can pay him, which are not always the case.Perhaps the bishop decides he is not priest material. Even in the east, celibacy and monasticism is considered higher and for the 'kingdom.' Have you ever wondered why non-monks in the Roman-rite are called 'secular' priests?
These are all good if not noble considerations, right?Unlike some of my brother seminarians, my road to this vocation has not been direct.In fact, one of the constant struggles in my life is the constant fear that I will fail, not be happy or not serve God in the appropriate way.There is a different between the Julian and Gregorian calendar of 13 days.We all used to be on the Julian Calendar, but noticing that the days and the events (hours of light, day of equinoxes, etc.) weren’t matching up, some Orthodox Christians jumped to the Gregorian Calendar.