Harry W. Reineke IV was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and gave up his residency there shortly after Hurricane Katrina. He moved to the Midwest where he now attends St Joseph Church in Wheaton, Illinois, teaching Sunday School to the Senior High students in addition to using his role as an amateur photographer to catch some of the parishes important moments. He came to the Orthodox faith in college while studying the roots of Christianity as a Lutheran, and has found a home that he will never leave and many of his best friends have been made at St. Joseph’s.
Luke Beecham is the newly appointed Director of the Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries of the Orthodox Church in America. He runs St. John Camp in Indiana. He is a member and subdeacon at Stephen the First Martyr Church in Crawfordsville, IN. He has been married to his wife, Janna, for nine years.
Kate Behr is Professor of English at Concordia College, Bronxville, and Adjunct Professor of Literature at St Vladimir’s Seminary, which has been her home for the last sixteen years. She is acquainted (though perhaps not friends) with Gluttony and Sloth. She is actively trying to make friends with Abstinence and Diligence. It’s not easy.
His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) was the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain from 1957 until his death in 2003. He held honorary doctorates from the Moscow and Kiev Theological Academies, Aberdeen University and Cambridge University. He was a well-know theologian and writer, a powerful preacher, and an effective and saintly pastor. More writings by him are available here. We thank the Metropolitan Anthony Archives for use of this sermon.
Chris Masterjohn is originally from West Brookfield, Massachusetts, where he and his family attended St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church in nearby Shrewsbury. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is currently a doctoral candidate in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He created and maintains Cholesterol-And-Health.Com, which hosts his blog, The Daily Lipid. He also writes frequently for Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation.