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To Be Orthodox In The South

Jack Cutrer and Julie Dreher, singing at Divine Liturgy
Jack Cutrer and Julie Dreher, singing at Divine Liturgy

George Morris of the Baton Rouge Advocate did a wonderful story on our little Orthodox mission parish in Starhill, Louisiana. Here’s what our priest, Father Matthew Harrington, who moved here last November with his family from Walla Walla, Washington, says in the story:

“In the Northwest, I would walk around and I might get, ‘What are you supposed to be? Well, I’m spiritual and not religious, and I don’t need what you’re selling,’ even though I was just buying eggs and milk at the grocery store,” he said. “Down here, it’s, ‘Oh, you’re a priest, you’re a father. What’s your reading on this?’ The dialogue is so easy, because people are formed reading the Scriptures. ”

Yes! Come worship with us at St. John Mission. We are poor and we are few, but man, it’s something else. And our priest can preach, I tell you what!

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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