him & me

A Catholic priest is always celibate unless he was Anglican & then decided to convert. This is what most Catholics in the U.S. believe, but the Holy Catholic Church is rich with different rites & traditions. This is one woman's experience being a priest's wife in a country that does not expect & sometimes does not accept a married man as a Catholic priest.
This May we celebrated 17 years old marriage and 14 years of his priesthood- and he now is finally over 40 (barely)! I was baptized Episcopalian as a child and converted to Catholicism (Roman-rite- we didn't really know any other way existed) when I was 12 along with Mom, Dad and four siblings. All of us are married in the Catholic Church with growing families. My husband's  parents and brother and extended family still lives in the old country. We get there about every other year for the summer. 
My husband was Orthodox (the state religion) during his childhood under communism and was surprised to learn that his family is Byzantine Catholic when 'freedom' came. His first Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy was celebrated when he was sixteen. The Liturgy was celebrated in the open air because all the churches had been given to the Orthodox. The majority of churches that had been built as Byzantine Catholic churches are still Orthodox.
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