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Fr. Christopher Maciolek is the man!
In fact, when people start to talk about him, they always start out by saying, “He’s the man…” Even though it’s followed by things like, “who ruined my life” and “who made me toss my cookies just by looking at his face” doesn’t mean you should ignore the most important part at the beginning. He’s the man!
Christopher was born at a very early age in the pretentious city of Edina, MN. Immediately after his birth, all the people in the delivery ward felt nauseous. “Why,” you might ask? Well it certainly wasn’t because of his face… no… it wasn’t… It was because at that moment they felt the entire universe shift and begin to revolve around Fr. Christopher! By the time Fr. Christopher was 15, his parents lives pretty much sucked. Rumors from that era explained the suckitude as stemming from the constant onslaught of beautiful ladies begging his parents to allow them to marry their son when he turned 18.
Fr. Christopher attended college at Yalevard, an Ivory League school and graduated “Valedictorian for Life!” Then he married the hottest girl in all of Minnesota! The world was his oyster; however, being the super holy guy he was, he chose a life of severe asceticism at St. Ticonderoga Orthodontist Technology Seminary. He was totally holy’n’stuff now.
Then, once the people of Minnesota successfully organized a letter writing campaign to bring His Holiness back to MN, Fr. Christopher acquiesced.
What is Fr. Christopher up to these days? Well, he enjoys long walks on the beach, herding cats, and writing autobiographies, and submitting them to Orthodox Mission websites in Missouri for publication in their prestigious “Who’s Involved” column.
Bio: Fr. Christopher Maciolek was born and raised in Minnesota, the “Land of Sky-Blue Waters.” Though his family came from various religious backgrounds, he was raised a Lutheran; however, unstable doctrine eventually drove him to seek out the Church founded on the Rock of Christ. He discovered that Church while studying early church history in college and converted to Orthodox Christianity at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in St. Paul in 2001 along with his wife-to-be, Gretchen.
In 2006, Fr. Christopher, Gretchen, and their two children, packed up their belongings in a 5×8 trailer and headed to St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania where they lived for the next four years – adding two more children to their family. In 2010, with the blessing of Archbishop +Job, he was ordained to the holy priesthood and returned to Minnesota and was “attached” to St. Herman’s Orthodox Church in Minneapolis and also assisted two other Minnesota missions.
In a similar effort to “Orthodoxy in Rolla,” Fr. Christopher and his family moved to the beautiful city of Northfield, MN in an attempt to found an Orthodox Christian community in an area where no formal attempt had been undertaken by any Orthodox jurisdiction. In 2012, by the grace of God, a Mission Outreach formed under the patronage of the Three Holy Hierarchs and the first Divine Liturgy in Northfield was celebrated on July 15, 2012.
Now, having welcomed another child into their family, the Macioleks continue to strive to build up Christ’s Holy Church in Northfield by the grace of God, through the prayers of the Three Holy Hierarchs, and the and support of the faithful.