Fr. Chrysostom Frank
Reverend Father Chrysostom Frank was born in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, USA in 1954. He graduated from Concordia College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976, from Nashotah House with a Masters in Divinity in 1980, and from St Andrew’s University in Scotland with a Doctorate in Church History in 1985.
In 1981 he was Chrismated in the Orthodox Church in Oxford, England. In 1982 he married Marica Catacousinos, a South African of Greek decent, at St Andrews, Scotland. In May 1985 he was ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Johannesburg and Pretoria in the Church of the Virgin Mary, Johannesburg. He served there a parish priest for two years. He then spent at year at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in New York, and in 1987 he was canonically transferred to the Orthodox Church in America.
In September 1987, Fr Crysostom founded the Orthodox Parish of St Nicholas of Japan in Brixton, Johannesburg, under the authority of the Orthodox Church in America. In 1988 he joined the Department of Church History as a lecturer at the University of South Africa, and held the post of Head of Department from 1997-1999.
Three sons were born to Fr Chrysostomos and Marica during their stay in Johannesburg: Nicholas Vladimir (in 1987), Paul Konstantin (in 1989) and Alexander Benedict (in 1995)