Heralds of a Catholic Russia
Twelve Spiritual Pilgrims from Byzantium to Rome
by James Likoudis
Description: A groundbreaking work exploring the intellectual journeys of twelve Eastern Orthodox figures as they sought to reconcile themselves completely to the Church established by Christ, fully subsisting in the Catholic Church. This book offers valuable insights into the complexities of ecumenism and the ongoing dialogue between the Orthodox and the Catholic Church. Dr. Likoudis draws on his extensive knowledge and experience as a convert himself to shed light on the spiritual quests of notable Russian and Russian-born figures such as Vladimir Soloviev, Madame Swetchine, and Ivan Gagarin, and many others, exploring the tensions and historical challenges they faced, as well as the general challenges present in Catholic-Eastern Orthodox relations. The book also touches on the conversion of Russia prophesied by Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal, to the three shepherd children in 1917. Likoudis provides insights into the historical and theological context of the 1984 consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope St. John Paul II.
“Though Heralds of a Catholic Russia includes figures from Romanian and Greek backgrounds, it testifies overall to a lingering awareness among thoughtful Russians that a purely national Christianity will not do. And for a (supra-national) ‘universal primacy’ the see of Rome is the only serious contender.”
- Aidan Nichols, Author of Theology in the Russian Diaspora and Rome and the Eastern Churches: A Study in Schism
“In a time when many Catholics feel disaffected with their own Church—when a fair number of them are thinking, perhaps, that the grass looks greener in the Orthodox world—this collection of stories reminds us of how blessed we are to reside in the One Church that possesses the fullness of truth, a truth preserved by the structure established by Christ Himself.”
- John-Mark L. Miravalle, SThD, Professor of Systematic and Moral Theology, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Maryland
“James Likoudis is a noted Catholic writer on the separated Eastern Churches. There is much to be learned from his stirring accounts of Easterners who embraced their true home, the Catholic Church.”
- Reverend Ray Ryland, PhD, JD†, Author of Drawn from Shadows Into Truth: A Memoir
“Fatima teaches us that God uses His little ones to accomplish His designs, and this book tells the story of twelve men and women who were willing to become little ones for the sake of the One True Church.”
- Timothy S. Flanders, Author of City of God vs. City of Man: The Battles of the Church from Antiquity to the Present
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Publisher: Blue Army Press, P.O. Box 976, Washington, NJ 07882
Publication Date: Dec. 20, 2023
A convert from Greek Orthodoxy, James Likoudis is an internationally known theologian and apologist who has dedicated his life to reconciling his Eastern Orthodox brethren with the Catholic Church Jesus Christ founded. He excels in analyzing the key issues that separate Catholics and Orthodox, including regarding Papal and conciliar history, and he cherishes all we hold in common in Christ. His passion and acumen are on full display in this newly revised edition of his most recent work: Heralds of a Catholic Russia.
Likoudis served for more than twenty-five years at the lay apostolate Catholics United for the Faith (CUF), including as president. His other books include The Pope, The Council, and The Mass; The Divine Primacy of the Bishop of Rome and Modern Eastern Orthodoxy; Eastern Orthodoxy and the See of Peter; Ending the Byzantine Greek Schism; and The Divine Mosaic.
He has written and lectured widely on ecumenism, religious education, the liturgy, sex education, family life, and the role of the laity in the Church. He is also a former college instructor in history and government, with more than twenty years of teaching experience. Likoudis received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit (2020). He and his wife Ruth have six children, thirty-five grandchildren, and forty-four great-grandchildren.