Fr Michael Butler 3I am Fr. Michael Butler, Rector of St Innocent Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church in America) in Olmsted Falls, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

This is my personal blog. Its main focus is applying the wisdom of the Fathers of the Church to issues in contemporary life.

I write on the Fathers (especially St Maximus the Confessor), Tradition, living an observant Orthodox life, environmentalism, and natural law. Sometimes I write on clergy self-care and spiritual fatherhood, and occasionally I write about whatever it is that strikes my fancy whether it fits into these categories or not.

My goal is to provide you with insightful and useful content that shows how the wisdom of the Fathers and the Tradition of the Church are relevant to your personal life as well as to a few broader social issues. If you are interested in the teachings of the early Church or living a more devout Christian life, then this blog is for you.

I expect to post about three times a week. To be sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS feed or e-mail.

My Biography

I am an Orthodox Archpriest and a native Texan. I received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in theology from the University of Dallas, and a PhD in historical theology and Patristics from Fordham University in New York. I wrote my dissertation on the Christology of St Maximus the Confessor.

For six years I served as a Deacon in Texas and in Michigan, and have been a Priest for over eighteen years in Michigan and Ohio.

I have been an adjunct professor of theology at Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH. I served as the Diaconal Vocations Program Coordinator for my diocese and developed and taught a late vocations program that trains older men for ordained ministry. I am president of both the Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy and the local ecumenical Ministerial Alliance.

I am married to Annette, my wife of twenty-eight years, and I have two sons, Jeremy, who recently graduated from the University of Toledo, and Christopher, who just graduated from Olmsted Falls High School.

In my free time I like to read, write and lift weights.


This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my congregation, my superiors, my Bishop, my Diocese, the Orthodox Church in America, or the Orthodox Faith. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.