Deacon Gregory Smyrni

Aliases:
  • John Smyrni
  • Yianni Smryni
Deacon Gregory Smyrni
Deacon Gregory Smyrni
Seminarian John Smyrni
Seminarian John Smyrni

Deacon Gregory Smyrni is a clergyman in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). He works at Saint Thomas Orthodox Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas, a western rite parish.

Information about Deacon Smyrni’s March, 2018, ordination by ROCOR can be found on page 26 of the Pentecost, 2018, issue of “The Wonderworker.”

In 2012 the Deacon was a student at Holy Cross Theological Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was a married seminarian with a wife and six children.

According to the National Herald, then Seminarian Smyrni was expelled from the Holy Cross on April 27, 2012, following accusations that he had sexually abused the teen-aged daughter of a Greek priest. The girl, who was legally an adult at the time, had been hired by Seminarian Smyrni to babysit his younger children. The Herald also reported that the Seminarian was giving drugs to the girl and that at some point she was hospitalized with an overdose.

A “Confidential Memorandum” was sent to the entire Hellenic College/Holy Cross community regarding Seminarian Smyrni’s expulsion.

In addition, the Greek paper said that Seminarian Smyrni had a history of drug abuse before his admission to Holy Cross. He and his wife lost custody of their children for at least seven months when the wife tested positive for drugs after giving birth to their youngest child.

Seminarian Smyrni attended Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville, California, prior to enrolling in the seminary.