As with many other converts to Orthodoxy, I followed the path from Rome to Constantinople, having spent much of my youth as an altar boy and then a member of Catholic community of teaching brothers, the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. At a weeklong retreat with the theme of the Acts of the Apostles, I asked where I could find in today' wrld the Church of the Acts of the Apostles. The Jesuit running the retreat told me (in confidence of course!) that I should look at the Orthodox Church! That stuck with me for 35 years when my wife and I found the Antiochian mission parish in Naples FL which accepted us with open arms. We finally retired from our banking careers and moved back to our home town in Athol Mass. and are members of the Cathedral of St. George in Worcester MA.
In between there was Spring Hill College, the U.S. Navy, marriage with two kids and six grandchildren plus one great-granddaughter and many ups and downs chasing jobs in three decades of bank mergers and moves from Mass. to Florida and Alabama. A real fun ride.....
We have a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery nearby whose Oblate blog I have been folowing for about three years now. Since I converted to Orthodoxy I cannot join as an Oblate there but I read the Rule every day and try to live it as much as I can. Do I sm interested in Ladyminster. May God bless us all!