Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh (1880-1966)

Mariam Namey Ofiesh, Aftimios Abihider (Editor, Illustrator)
Recounts the unjust trials & tribulations endured by Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh, who dared to marry in 1933, hoping to force proper debate by an ecumenical council of the canon law of celibacy - "a man-made law which...{{does}} not conform to the Scriptures." Truly "a man before his time," His Eminence chartered the Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic & Apostolic Church in North America, seeking to galvanize Orthodox Christians of all ethnic backgrounds into a unified body. The author, his widow, provides a vivid portrait of an oft-maligned man who "had the courage of his convictions, & never deviated from them." Included are some of His Eminence's clear & direct writings: "Prayer: A Lenten Sermon," "Science & Religion," "The Orthodox Situation in America," "An Open Letter to All Orthodox Christians in America," & "A Word on the Papal Encyclical Lux Veritatis." This record of the life & words of Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh will keep alive still-timely ecclesiastical questions - unresolved six decades after His Eminence took his courageous stand. It is hoped that this book will reach the hands of bishops, priests & laity. The words of Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh are, in truth, worthy of note. Perhaps this time an ecumenical council will be scheduled in the not too distant future, & what His Eminence had prayed for & advocated will be on the agenda to be resolved. Price: $44.95 (includes $5.00 shipping & handling). For more information, please contact Aftmios Abihider: 20422 N. Tanglewood Dr., Sun City West, AZ 85375-5775. 623-546-4070, FAX: 623-546-5501, E-mail Web site:


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