Hey, all - Fr. Iggy here, your unworthy parish priest. I'm a little late to this as my two secular jobs tend to keep me swamped during the week. That said, when you're (hopefully) reading the catechumen corner in each week's newsletter, that's written by me (unless otherwise noted), and I really want to get feedback on your experience and how we can improve. And of course - always feel free to ask questions! Becoming a catechumen is a huge step for any of us, and the most important thing I want to drive home is that you're part of a community that is here to support you through the process, pray, and grow with you.
As some of you know, I was an Anglican priest for several years before coming home to Orthodoxy, and Matushka and I founded St. Andrew's in 2013 when I was ordained by Metropolitan Hilarion. The number one reason for my conversion and the founding of our humble mission was wanting to raise my children in THE Church, and having reread the Acts and Church Fathers, I knew that wasn't Anglicanism. Secularly, I've worked as a college professor since 2011, teaching Philosophy, Ethics, Religion, and Humanities for the Alamo Colleges, and since 2014 as a continuous improvement/ workforce engagement/ leadership consultant, mostly on a contract basis.
Matushka Apollonia (who prefers to be called Gina), Jake (Job in Baptism), and Mo (Mary Opal - Anna in Baptism) and I are absolutely delighted for the opportunity to serve the community of St. Andrew's, we're humbled that you're here and allow us to lead you spiritually, and we genuinely love each and every one of you - thank you so much for being our catechumens.
PS: It's really hard to find a picture of the whole family together, but here's one of me from a few years back, post-Pascha :)