Eastern Shore Press
April 10, 2004
Interview with Fr. Vladimir Dimitrios, priest of the One and Only Orthodox Church, located in Weston (West of Easton).
Eastern Shore Press: Fr. Vladimir, thank you for allowing this interview, and congratulations for the ground breaking of the Orthodox Church your new congregation is building here in Weston.
Vladimir Dimitrios: Thank you.
ESP: Father, my paper wanted me to interview you because, as you are the only Orthodox priest we can find anywhere around here, you have been elected to be our paper’s expert on all matters Orthodox. I am sure you can see how practical that is.
VD: Yes, and I applaud your sense of practicality.
ESP: As you know, this year, the Western and Eastern Churches are holding Easter on the same day, something that has not occurred in living memory.
VD: Properly speaking, there are no Western churches, not really.
ESP: Well, let’s get back to that thought later. Father Vladimir, on this special holiday do you have a message to give to the people who read this paper? Something about the true meaning of Easter? A message about Christ and the Gospel?
VD: That’s not what matters.
ESP: What? Well, Father Vladimir, in your own words, can you tell us what it is that matters?
VD: Yes. We’re not Western. That’s what matters.
ESP: But, don’t you and the Western churches, the Catholic Church for example, preach the same Gospel?
ESP: Don’t you believe in the same God?
VD: Belief in God has never been a central doctrine of the Orthodox Church.
ESP: Wait a minute! I know you- why just six months ago you were an Episcopal priest at St. Cuthbert’s. You were called the Rev. Mr. Roger Brown!
VD: We never speak of those days.
ESP: But, you’re a recent convert. Who made you an expert?
VD: The newspaper did.
ESP: Oh, that’s right. But, are you sure you speak for the Orthodox Church? Are you really a proper representative of the Orthodox Tradition?
VD: Look, I’m wearing a black Cassock, aren’t I?
ESP: Well, yes.
VD: And look at this beard- not a goatee, or even a silly little beard like Errol Flynn wore in Robin Hood. This is a big bushy beard. How can you be more Orthodox than that?
ESP: We wouldn’t know.