- Jul 17, 2018
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There is a family from Ukraine at my church and they speak fluent English. If you're an immigrant you should be learning the language of the country you live in. If Americans went to live in Ukraine it would be ridiculous for them to expect priests to serve in English, they should learn Ukrainian.I disagree that the trend is towards ethnicity. The St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in New Jersey requires non-English speaking students to learn English (ESL) BEFORE they get to study Church History, etc. If they cannot master the English language, they are not permitted to continue in their education (if their final goal is to become a priest in the USA).
The Mission priests sometimes are permitted to speak only English, all others are to be bilingual... able to serve the Ukrainian immigrants and the Americans equally.