Trying to dig up some accurate information on Father Seraphim, also know as Atef Meshreky and Atef Aziz. This is what I have found so far:
Fr. Seraphim’s own site and books:
Reports on Atef Aziz’s excommunication:
There is a claim that Fr. Seraphim is a monk in the Eastern Orthodox Church, can anyone verify that? In which jurisdiction and at what monastery is he a monk?
Update 1/19 from one of our readers:
I called this afternoon and got in touch with Fr. Alexis at the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco. He confirmed that Fr. Seraphim stayed with them a year or two ago, but he stayed as a guest and not as a brother within the monastery. The duration of his stay was unclear. Fr. Alexis assumed that Fr. Seraphim was an OCA monk or priest, but he didn’t sound like he really knew. He said that Fr. Seraphim left and went to a monastery in southern California. When I asked which monastery, he said he thought it was St. Antony. The only St. Antony monastery I can find in SoCal is Coptic. I have yet to call the Coptic monastery to confirm or deny whether he ever stayed with them.
I also called the office of Archbishop Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West of the Orthodox Church of America (OCA). I spoke with Fr. Andrew Smith and he checked the database to see if a background check had been run on a Atef Aziz or Atef Meshreky in the last five years (this would have happened had Fr. Seraphim tried to join St. John’s monastery). He did not locate him in the database, but said he would check his hard copy files and get back to me on Monday.
What I can gather thus far is that Atef Aziz/Meshreky/Fr. Seraphim does not appear to be part of the OCA church.