Icon of St. Silouan the Athonite There is a big distinction between merely believing that God exists, seeing Him in nature or in the Scriptures, and knowing the Lord by the Holy Spirit.St. Silouan the Athonite
Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life,Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, meekness of mind, patience and love to Thy servant.
Yea O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art thou unto ages of ages. Amen.

Clergy

His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH

Our parish is a part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, which is led by Metropolitan JOSEPH. His biography describes his background, education, and pastoral service of our Church.

His Grace Bishop BASIL

Bishop BASIL leads our Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, and he visits our community each year around early November. You can read his full biography on our Archdiocesan website.

The Rev. Fr. Gregory Gibson

Fr. Gregory has served as the priest of the St. Silouan Orthodox Mission since his ordination to the priesthood at our cathedral in Wichita, Kansas, on January 19, 2008. At that time he was assigned as proestamenos of the Mission by Bishop BASIL. He also served as deacon at the mission beginning on November 14, 2004, when he was ordained at the St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston. Fr. Gregory received a Masters in Applied Orthodox Theology from Balamand University in 2007, and this degree was granted in part for his completion of a thesis entitled Knowledge of the World and of God: Insights from St. Maximus the Confessor.

He also currently serves as the endorsed chaplain of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Texas A&M University.

Fr. Gregory was first trained as a geophysicist, having received a Ph.D. in this area from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. He also conducted research at the Universite Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France after graduating and returned to M.I.T. to work as a research scientist before beginning work as a professor of geophysics at Texas A&M University.