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Meet Our Staff

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Our Ecclesiarch

His Beatitude, the Most Reverend Metropolitan JOHN GREGORY

His Beatitude, the Most Reverend Metropolitan JOHN GREGORY serves as Eparch of the Saint John Chrysostom, and Presiding Bishop of the Convergent Catholic Communion. His Beatitude also serves as the Ecclesiarch for the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid.

 

In June of 2014, His Beatitude Metropolitan JOHN GREGORY co-founded the Convergent Catholic Communion, a progressive network of ministers, ministries and churches and was elected to serve as their Presiding Minister in October 2016.

 

In 2018, His Beatitude, the Most Reverend Metropolitan JOHN GREGORY was elected the first Presiding Bishop of the Convergent Catholic Communion.

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Subdeacon & Seminarian

Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan

Stavrophore-Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan serves as our parish Subdeacon and Director of the Altar Guild, as well as the Protos & Co-Founder of the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid. Originally from Georgia State, Fr. Uriel 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. Fr. Uriel 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, Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan and Fr. 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, Fr. Uriel 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, Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan and family relocated to Fort Worth, Texas. October 2nd, 2021 during the Hierarchical Visit of Metropolitan John Gregory, Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan and Fr. Maximus were tonsured as Stavrophore/ Life Professed Eastern monastic consecration to the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid.

​In his free time he, Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan enjoys time near water, crystal therapy, photograph, earth centered spirituality, and all things music.

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Rector

Fr. Maximus Christopher

the Rev. Fr Dn. Maximus Christopher 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. 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 family 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 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 Fort Worth, Texas. On October 2nd, 2021 during the Hierarchical Visit of His Beatitude, the Most Reverend Metropolitan John Gregory Hierodeacon Maximus and Fr. Uriel Patrick-Joan were tonsured Stavrophore monastics of the Orthodox Community of Saint Brigid.

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

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