Episcopal monk starts Guemes Island monastery
- GUEMES ISLAND
Here is the ad: Christian monk in search of quiet place in the country for
contemplative lifestyle. Please call or e-mail.
Three years ago Alex Kirby then a former office administrator and massage
therapist decided to become a monk. Kirby, an Episcopalian, had always been
interested in spiritual life. He wanted more fulfillment than he found at a
This September another monk joined Kirby. Father Dale Johnson is a 52-year-old
ordained priest in the Syrian Orthodox Church. He discovered the hermitage
online, and was drawn to the area because he grew up in Skagit County.
Kirby is not a priest, so while he still guides life at the hermitage and
serves as its leader, Johnson's arrival means there can be Holy Communion
on-site. Before, Kirby had to leave his monastery and attend an Episcopal
church for the Eucharist..........
To read more about it, please visit
Fr Dale Johnson is a former Methodist minister who converted to the Syrian
Orthodox Church in the early 90s and was ordained by late Mor Athanasius
Samuel. He has spent some years at Mor Gabriel and has published some books
on the SOC
Witnessing various falsehoods written in both the forums by misguided
people I felt it logical enough to reproduce the true version of the
Church History written by none other than the most Rev Malankara
Malpan Dr Kanyamparambil Achen.
I humbly implore this forum to kindly reproduce the article as it is,
so that the faithful could have a clear view about the happenings in
this church for the past 100 years. This article starts from page 173
of the book. However only select but important portions (relevant in
this context) have been written along with my very small observations
in the spare time I could afford because of my busy schedule.
I do not know if this book is available anymore but I sincerely
exhort every faithful to try to get at least a copy of it.
Aloho Ahmuch .
THE SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN INDIA AND ITS APOSTOLIC FAITH
The Supreme Court judgment of 1958
In spite of unselfish services rendered by Dr P T Thomas and Adv K P
Abraham and P P John the Catholicos could win the suit on " certain
legal points". In spite of this adverse decision the prelates and
the faithful worked with determination for the perpetuation of their
But "peace at any cost " became the slogan of some influential
quarters. The following pages will show whether it was for the better
or for the bitter.
The Union of 1958
In His memorable Patriarchal Bull of 9th December 1958 His Holiness
after elaborating the advantages of union and peace ends the Kalpana
with the words that "We are pleased to accept Mar Baselios
Geevarghese as Catholicos for the sake of peace in the Malankara
This magnanimous gesture from the Holy Father was lauded by the whole
Christendom but the partisans of the Catholicos found it as a
submission of the Patriarch in the wake of the adverse judgment of
the Supreme Court. This is totally incorrect. It has already been
cited earlier that in His first Patriarchal Kalpana to the Malankara
Church dated 11th November, the Holy Father had clearly expressed His
prime desire for peace and that too it was at a time when the High
Court of Kerala had "DECIDED IN FAVOUR OF THE PATRIARCH'S PARTY".