About Fr Patrick

I am a presbyter (priest) under His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH, the bishop in charge of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. This jurisdiction is an province of the Patriarchate of Antioch, one of the family of churches which make up the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I was born near and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, where I attended St Cassian School, St Peter Preparatory School, and Montclair High School. I secured my GED from the State of New Jersey. After moving to Eugene, Oregon, where I met my (first and last!) wife, I graduated cum laude with a degree in linguistics and classical languages (University of Oregon, 1980). After serving as a pastor in the Foursquare Gospel Church in Yreka, California, and Sparks, Nevada, I entered the United Methodist Church. I obtained a Masters of Divinity, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. After serving as pastor and builder of Faith United Methodist Church in the Portland, Oregon, area, I moved to Boise, Idaho. There, all three of us, my wife, son, and I, all converted to Orthodox Christianity. I was integrally involved with founding Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Orthodox Mission, Boise, Idaho. I served another parish there, as well, being in Idaho thirteen marvelous years there, in all.

Now (since 2007) I live in southern California where I am blessed to be the pastor of a wonderful parish community, St Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church, serving the region of San Dimas to Claremont, California (the northeast urban area of Los Angeles county).
My main interests are Orthodox liturgics (typikon and Orthodox chant), the Greek language of the early Roman and Christian era, spending time with my wife since 1975, Kh. Christina, serving my parish, and riding around on a little red motor-scooter!

  1. Father Patrick,
    I have just stumbled upon your blog and am very excited to read it. We have been meaning to write and tell you how proud we were of you this Easter. We purchased our edition of the Orthodox Study Bible (old testament) for our lenten reading and there you were! We had been eagerly awaiting its publication. Please send us a quick email telling about your move. We sent a graduation annoucement and received it back. We have since corrected the address and resent it. Sarah wanted you to know that she will be an honors graduate and a member of the National Honor Society. It was very important to her that I tell you this. She holds your opinion in high regards. You have meant so much to us as a pastor, a friend and a guide. We hope to have you all stay with us again, if you return to Emerald Isle to visit your mother. God bless you, VM

  2. Thanks Fr Patrick for all you provide here.
    If you link to the Western tradition “Liturgy” http://www.liturgy.co.nz
    please let me know so I acknowledge that
    and of course link also.
    It is good for East and West to know of each other’s traditions, liturgies, and practice.


  3. Fr Patrick,
    I have often thought of you and Christina and wondered how and where you were. I remember practicing piano downstairs in the Roosevelt house when you and C were overseers of that ministry. I also was in your Old Testament class which was the foundation and beginning of my understanding of those books. I see the Lord has blessed you and moved you in directions you had probably not thought of in the early days there in Eugene. Much has changed in my life, some good and some that I am not proud of, but I remain in His hands and do not wish to jump from them.

    I read you live in S Cal near where I lived for two years. My father was a LA County building inspector and had an office in San Dimas. We lived on Harrison Ave. in Pomona which saw better days in the 50″s when I lived there.

    I just finished watching a two part series on Byzantium and thought of you and Christina which prompted me to send this note.

    I do hope to hear from you.

    God bless you,
    Richard Smith

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