About the Author of the Page

My Story

I was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, but lived most of my life in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I was raised to be a Roman Catholic. Through many disconcerting experiences I became disenchanted with the Roman Catholic Church and began to refer to myself as one of the non-practicing Catholics.

I met my husband, Joe, in College. We had a very short courtship and were married. He at the time was a very devout Roman Catholic apologist. Needless to say we had our different views on the church that let to many struggles. We separated for a year, and during that time, my husband found Orthodoxy. When we reunited, it was due to a local Orthodox priest. He introduced me to Orthodoxy and I have felt that it was my home ever since.

We have three beautiful children, all baptized in the Orthodox faith. Our oldest son, Aidan, is 4 years old and named after St. Aidan of Lindesfarne. Our daughter, Elisabeth, who is 2 years old, is named after Elisabeth the New Martyr of Russia. Our youngest and most recent addition is Matthew, who is 5 months old. He is named after St. Matthew the Evangelizer.

I took on the issue of abortion because I have been on both sides of the issue. When I was in college, I had an abortion. It was a horrifying experience that never leaves my mind. Not a day goes by that I don’t beg for forgiveness and feel sorrow. I also have three incredible children, and to know that they are happy and safe is a wonderful thing. There are no words to describe the feeling of receiving this ultimate gift from God.

In Christ,

Adelaide Swaydyn