Religion: Man with a Mission

The third floor of an old limestone house at 3323 North Kenmore Avenue on Chicago's North Side is the headquarters of the Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church's small (nine members) Society of Clerks Secular of St. Basil, founded in 1931. It is also the rectory of St. Thomas Eastern Orthodox Church and the home of a Stewart-Warner production control clerk. The clerk's name, as written on his doorbell card: "The Very Reverend Cyprian Matthiesen, Society of St. Basil."

John Frederick Matthiesen (Cyprian is his patron saint) is an ascetic-looking, 29-year-old Eastern Orthodox missionary who was raised a Missouri Lutheran. For...

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