About Our Community

 

Our Community has a dedicated team helping advance our mission of an all-welcoming eastern monasticism.

Hierodeacon Hegumen

Foremost, with the least among us always in mind, Father Deacon Christopher Maximus ministers on the universal love proclaimed by Jesus Christ in the Gospels that compels us to love God, and love our neighbors, above all else.

 

As a teenager, Christopher found God’s grace and love in his local Eastern Orthodox Church after an invitation to attend from his high school best friend. Eventually, he was baptized and chrismated in the Holy Orthodox Church. This is the time when he first felt a monastic and clerical calling.

After being shunned by the local Orthodox parish for his sexuality he took a 10-year break from organized religion. After seeking substance abuse treatment, Christopher became involved with a local Episcopal parish because of their inclusiveness.  He was received into the Anglican Communion at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, WA.

During a moment of private prayer at his then parish, he vowed to God that if the compulsion to drink was eliminated, he would dedicate his life to the service of the Church.  He became very involved in his parish. Christopher and his husband, both became habited Religious Brothers with a dispersed Franciscan Order inside of the Anglican Communion.

In his discernment for theological education, Christopher discovered the rich history of the Old Catholic tradition and was directed toward an autonomous Eastern Orthodox jurisdiction. In the fall of 2018, he and his husband were received into the autonomous Eastern Orthodox jurisdiction, and after some time of independent training with an Orthodox hierarch, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on the Feast of Saint Patrick, The Enlightener of Ireland, in Toledo, OH. In the winter of 2020, Father Deacon Maximus, his husband, and their two fur-children packed up and moved across the country from their home in Seattle, Washington to Toledo, Ohio in pursuit of theological education, and founded the Orthodox Catholic Monastic Community of Saint Brigid.

At the beginning of summer 2021, at The Falls Retreat Center of Saint Miriam, Father Christopher was ordained to the Minor Orders of Cleric, Doorkeeper, Reader, Exorcist, and Acolyte, Sub-diaconate, and ordained to the Diaconate sub conditione by the Right Reverend Bishop Oliver of the Ancient Apostolic Church of Alexandria. By the end of summer 2021, Father Maximus and his family had relocated to Dallas, Texas. On October 2nd, 2021 during the Hierarchical Visit of Metropolitan John Gregory Father Maximus and Khourio Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan were tonsured to the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid.

Fr. Maximus lives life one day at a time, by the Grace of God, since 10/23/2012.

Our Protos

 

Khourio Rassaphore-Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan, obf serves as the Protos & Vicar General and Co-Founder of the Orthodox Catholic Monastic Community of Saint Brigid.

 

Originally from Georgia State, Patrick-Joan moved to the Pacific Northwest in the winter of 2013. Patrick-Joan was baptized and confirmed in the Anglican Communion in 2015 at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, WA

 

Patrick-Joan was a habited Religious Brothers with a Franciscan Order inside of the Anglican Communion prior to his reception to Eastern Orthodoxy. On the Feast of Saint Patrick 2019 Khourio Patrick-Joan was chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church in Toledo, OH.

On the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles, Khourio Fr. Patrick-Joan and Father Maximus Christopher founded the Orthodox Catholic Monastic Community of Saint Brigid to continue their monastic callings and Religious Professions. 

In May of 2021, at The Falls Retreat Center of Saint Miriam, Kh. Patrick-Joan was ordained to the Minor Orders of Cleric, Doorkeeper, Reader, Exorcist, and Acolyte in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church by the Right Reverend Bishop Oliver of the Ancient Apostolic Church of Alexandria.

 

By the end of spring 2021, Khourio Patrick-Joan and family had relocated to Dallas, Texas for his new career and to ultimately be closer to family. October 2nd, 2021 during the Hierarchical Visit of Metropolitan John Gregory Khourio Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan and Fr. Maximus were tonsured to the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid. Father Uriel Patrick-Joan serves as rector of the Katholikon of Saint Dymphna, the Monastery Church of the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid

 

​Kh. Fr. Patrick-Joan and Fr. Maximus were married in the summer of 2018 and have furry children; Frankie and Grandpa—two, calico and tabby cats.  In his free time he enjoys time near water, crystal therapy, photograph, earth centered spirituality, and all things music.

Our Oikonomos

the Rev. Dcn. Fr. Seraphim Titus, obf, born in a small country town in South Carolina, was raised by his grandparents, where he learned early on about a love for Christ and the Church. At the age of 8, he had his first religious experience during youth church camp where he accepted Christ as his Savior, and 3 years later during a Watchnight Service felt the call to ministry.

 

With his Pentecostal family roots, he attended Holmes Bible College in Greenville, SC and studied Religious Education. After college, he was raised as a Licensed Minister in a Pentecostal denomination and pastored several churches while learning church planting. During his last pastorate, he felt called to learn more on the Early Church Fathers, and how they organized the Ancient Church. During this time, he also accepted himself as a gay man, and subsequently was excommunicated for being his true self. Though his church turned its back on him, he remembered Christ saying that he would never “leave nor forsake you” and he continued his study of the Apostolic Early Church, leading him to the Roman Catholic Church.

Fr. Seraphim was confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church and served as his parishes Youth Minister. After 5 years of parish ministry, and preparing for seminary, he knew he couldn’t be himself as a gay man and serve as a Roman Catholic priest.

 

After much prayer and succor, Fr. Seraphim incardinated to the Convergent Catholic Communion; his spiritual family of other LGBT and ally people, joining a Communion where he felt loved, and he had belonging. He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by His Beatitude Metropolitan JOHN GREGORY and the Right Reverend Sean, Bishop in Texas.

Our Diaspora

 

As a dispersed Religious Community, we are blessed to commission and establish local diaspora houses and hermitages connected through our fraternal Vows to the Orthodox Catholic Monastic Community of Saint Brigid. Our diaspora currently includes:

  • Katholikon of Saint Dymphna - Monastery Church of the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid

  • Theotokos, Mother of God, Our Lady of Wildflowers Monastery - Mother House of the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid

  • Orthodox Hermitage of Agía Ioánna tis Loraínis, Pacific Northwest