An interview with Orthodox writer Bev Cooke, Canada


An interview with Orthodox writer Bev Cooke, Canada

by Tudor Petcu



Tudor Petcu is a Romanian writer, graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Bev Cooke, a Canadian writer who converted to Orthodoxy.

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TP: Given the fact that you are one of the most well-known orthodox thinkers and writers in the West, I think it would be very good if you could introduce yourself and present the way by which you have discovered the Orthodoxy. Why have you chosen the conversion to Orthodoxy and how do you understand the Orthodox spirituality as a way of living?

Bev Cooke: Thank you very much for those kind words, but I’m really not as famous or as wise as you say! There are a lot of people who are much wiser, and I learn from them every day!

I was born and raised in Toronto Ontario, Canada and was baptized into the Anglican church. My father, the son of a Protestant minister, was a tolerant and gentle atheist who actually taught me a lot about Christian behaviour – he was one of the gentlest, kindest, most accepting and loving men I’ve ever known. My mother left the Anglican church when I was about five (I don’t know why, she never told me). So I grew up in a very secular household, but was always conscious of God and of needing His love, His mercy and his presence in my life.

In my teens, I hung around with a group of Catholic kids, attended mass and the youth group, and almost converted until a kind and wise priest advised me first to explore my own faith, and then decide if I should be Catholic. So I did, and the plan to convert ended up being put on hold for over twenty years and I ended up Orthodox, not Catholic. I was, for a long time, happy and fulfilled in Continue reading “An interview with Orthodox writer Bev Cooke, Canada”


Sara Hillis, Canada: My journey from witchcraft to Orthodoxy


My Journey From Witchcraft To Orthodoxy

Sara Hillis, Canada

“The Illumined Heart” podcasts from Ancient Faith Radio with host Kevin Allen, featuring Sara Hillis, a musician and English literature scholar who became a witch priestess before encountering Christ and finding the Orthodox Church! Sara is now a parishioner of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Hamilton, Ontario.

Part 1 (May 30, 2008) | Part 2 (June 6, 2008)



Ο Άγιος Ιάκωβος Τσαλίκης της Εύβοιας (+1991), ο Άγιος Δαυΐδ της Εύβοιας (+1589) και η άθεη κοπέλλα από τον Καναδά


Ο Άγιος Ιάκωβος Τσαλίκης της Εύβοιας (+1991),

ο Άγιος Δαυΐδ της Εύβοιας (+1589) και

η άθεη κοπέλλα από τον Καναδά

«Ἡ κοπέλλα ἀπ᾽ τόν Καναδᾶ, φυσικός μάλιστα, δέν ἦταν πιστή κοπέλλα, ἦταν μᾶλλον ἄθεη. Πῆγαν νά τόν δοῦν καί τούς λέει ὁ π. Ἰάκωβος Τσαλίκης (+1991):

“Τώρα φεύγω, πάω στό χωριό, δέν ξέρω ἄν θά γυρίσω γρήγορα. Εὔχομαι, ὅμως, ὁ Ἅγιος Δαυΐδ τῆς Εὔβοιας (+1589), πού εἶναι ἐδῶ στό μοναστήρι μας νά σᾶς πληροφορήση ὅτι ὄντως ὑπάρχουν ἅγιοι, ἡ χάρις τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος. Ὑπάρχει ὁ Θεός, ὁ ὁποῖος νικᾶ τῆς φύσεως τούς νόμους”.

Πῆγε, λοιπόν, ὁ π. Ἰάκωβος στό ντουλάπι, ἐκεῖ πού φυλᾶνε τά λείψανα τοῦ Ἁγίου Δαυΐδ τῆς Εὔβοιας πῆρε ἕνα κομμάτι ἀπ᾽ τά λείψανα, ἀπ᾽ τή λειψανοθήκη, ἔκλεισε τό ντουλάπι κι ἔφυγε. Ὅταν ξεκίνησε νά φύγη, τότε, τό θυμιατό πού ἦταν μέσα στό ντουλάπι κλειστό μέ γυαλιά γύρω-γύρω ἄρχισε νά κινεῖται μόνο του καί νά θυμιάζη μπροστά στά μάτια τῆς μοναχῆς, τῆς κοπέλλας ἀπ᾽ τόν Καναδᾶ καί τοῦ π. Ἰακώβου. Αὐτό ἐξακολούθησε περίπου μισή ὥρα. Τότε ὁ π. Ἰάκωβος, μέ πολλή φυσικότητα, εἶπε:

“Κοίταξε, Μαρία, αὐτό τό θυμίασμα γιά σένα εἶναι. Γιά νά πιστέψης ὅτι ὁ Ἅγιος Δαυΐδ μπορεῖ νά ἐνεργῆ καί ὑπεράνω τῶν νόμων τῆς φύσεως”».

Orthodox Christianity: Canada

Orthodox Christianity: Canada