Stars and Stripes | Cindy Fisher | June 24, 2007
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Duesenberry thought serving as a Navy chaplain would be as simple as being an Orthodox priest who wears a uniform.
He was wrong.
Instead, he discovered that being a chaplain entails a lot more.
Duesenberry is an Eastern Orthodox Christian — a faith most similar to the Roman Catholic Church but with some major differences.
Eastern Orthodoxy is not under leadership of the pope, and the church’s priests can be married if they marry before they are ordained, he said.
After seminary, Duesenberry, who is married, became a priest at a small parish in Pennsylvania for three years. To make ends meet, he also held a secular job as an insurance agent.
But there was something missing.
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