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Fr. Justin Slaughter Doty

Assistant Priest

Fr. Justin Slaughter Doty was born and raised between New England and Old England. He spent most of his early years in West Redding, Connecticut with time spent visiting his father’s homeland in Sussex, England. He first encountered Christianity while living amongst the ruins of Puritan churches of New England and the fallen monasteries of Old England. Though raised nominally Anglican, the multitude of religious adherences in his family left no great inheritance of faith for him, and after his father’s repose, he began the journey of finding the True Faith.

He was blessed to have a mentor, Neal Monroe Adams, who introduced him to the discipline of history and theology.  During his time spent under the tutelage of his mentor, he returned to the church of his father’s family. As his desire to draw near to Christ increased, and as he progressed in his studies of theology, patristics, apologetics, philosophy, and history, he felt convicted to search for the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church that was given by Our Lord and kept by the Holy Apostles and the Holy Fathers. Fr. Justin’s continued journey led to him giving up his profession as an emergency paramedic, and to instead take on the life of a seminarian who had the hopes of one day serving as a priest. During his time studying at a Latin seminary, he discovered a corpus of texts on the Cappadocian Fathers, the Three Holy Hierarchs, the Byzantine Fathers and Saint Gregory Palamas. Through their writings he first encountered the Orthodox and Catholic Church.

As he and his wife visited and attended a Divine Liturgy at an Orthodox Church for the first time, they immediately felt the presence of Christ and the fullness of the faith. As they experienced the liturgy and learned from the voices of the Holy Fathers, it was clear that Christ and the Apostolic promise was truly present in the Church and in the chalice. After prayer, study, and discernment, Fr. Justin resigned from seminary and was, alongside his wife, brought into Holy Orthodoxy under the patronage of Saint Alphage, the Heiromartyr of Canterbury and Archpastor of England (+1012) and Saint Ælfgifu of Shaftesbury (+944).

With the blessing of Bishop John of Worcester and New England, Fr. Justin attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. During his time at Holy Cross, while studying towards the Master of Divinity, he became immersed in the intense liturgical life of the Orthodox faith and discovered the fullness of the Byzantine Rite and the inheritance of mystical theology of Orthodoxy. There at the Holy Cross chapel, the words of Saint Evagrius of Pontus, “The one who prays is a theologian…” became clear. Though he learned much from his professors, it was through the spiritual direction of Archimandrite Maximos Constas and the devoted prayer and ascetical life of the seminarians, faculty, professors, clergy, that left the most profound effect on him.

As Fr. Justin came near to graduating from Holy Cross, he took a position as pastoral assistant and Protopsaltis in the Antiochian Archdiocese of Great Britain & Ireland where he served Archimandrite Philip of Shropshire & Lincoln as well as Fr. George Hackney of Louth, Lincolnshire. There he served two parishes: Saint Aethelhard of Canterbury Orthodox Church in Louth, England; and All the Saints of Lincolnshire Orthodox Church in Lincoln, England. During this time Fr. Justin had the opportunity to witness the rapid growth and return of Holy Orthodoxy to the British Isles and Western Europe and was blessed to see the devotion and ascetic labors of the clergy, monastics, and laity.

Upon his return to New England, Fr. Justin was ordained a Deacon by Bishop John Abdallah of Worcester and New England and was then ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Joseph, who ordained him under the patronage of Saint Justin the Philosopher and Martyr.

Before becoming a priest, he served 4 years as an emergency paramedic, during which time he met his wife, Christine Slaughter Doty, who worked alongside him in the emergency medical field. Presbytera Christine is a Byzantine-Romanesque iconographer who paints in the classical egg-tempera style, as well as a tutor of philology, with a focus in Ancient Greek, Latin, Coptic and Irish language. Together they have two children: their daughter, Heloise, and their son, Alphage.

It is Fr. Justin’s great hope that by God’s grace he may, in his ministry, hold faithfully to the words of Saint Vincent of Lérins, and to hold fast to the “…faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all" and to remain obedient to Christ, the Church, the Scriptures, the Apostolic treasury of Holy Tradition and the Holy Ecumenical Councils, Synods, and Canons of the Orthodox and Catholic Faith.