Father Calinic (pronounced Cal-in-eek) was born in Detroit, Michigan and baptized by his maternal grandfather at the St. Simion Romanian Orthodox Church. In 1969 his family moved to California. As a child and as a teen he attended the Antiochian Orthodox Church “of the Redeemer” in Los Altos Hills, California where he formed the desire to serve God as a priest. Having graduated from Santa Clara University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, he later enrolled in the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, graduating in 1994. Following seminary, he enrolled in the doctoral program in Patristics and historical theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, completing his PhD in 2003. 

In between and during his theological studies, he worked as an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry. Feeling called to serve the Church, he decided to leave his job and was ordained to the holy diaconate in 2005 and to the holy priesthood in 2006. Father Calinic is a hieromonk, that is, priest-monk, and therefore is not married.  He has served as Visiting Professor of Dogmatic Theology at St. Vladimir’s Seminary has taught and published on Orthodox theology and spiritual life in a variety of venues. 

Fr. Calinic served as the pastor of Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, from 2006 to 2015.  Desiring to return to the Antiochian Archdiocese of his youth, Fr. Calinic was received by Metropolitan Joseph and appointed assistant pastor at St Nicholas Cathedral, Los Angeles on December 6, 2015.  He served the St. Nicholas Cathedral community faithfully for nearly five years, until being transferred to St. George Cathedral in August of this year.   We are pleased and most blessed to welcome him into our community in Wichita! 

Reverend Calinic Berger,

Associate Priest