PHILIPPINES OF MY HEART
Philippines, 2007: The conversion of the leaders
of two separate Protestant Christian groups
to Orthodox Christian Church
In 2007 the leaders of two separate Protestant Christian groups in the Philippines contacted His Eminence Paul in Sydney (Antiochian Patriarchate), asking to join the Orthodox Church.
Many long and fruitful discussions were held between His Eminence and the two leaders, which culminated with His Eminence inviting them to Sydney for further face-to-face discussions.
They arrived in May 2007, where they stayed as guests of His Eminence for three weeks. The teachings of the groups were considered and they also learned about Orthodoxy.
At the end of the three weeks, both leaders stood and declared:
“We accept what the Orthodox Church accepts and refuse what She refuses.”
His Eminence answered them, “Welcome home,” the phrase with which Archbishop Philip (Antiochian Patriarchate) welcomed the converts.
ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN
ARCHDIOCESE OF NORTH AMERICA