“Two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus...
and while they communed together and reasoned,
Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.”

LUKE 24: 13-15

Road to Emmaus’ first issue was published in the Spring of 2000, in response to a letter from a new American Orthodox convert to Richard Betts and Mother Nectaria McLees, who, for a decade, had been working in countries with a heritage of traditional Orthodoxy:

“I feel as if I am living on a desert island. I am hungry to learn from traditional pious Orthodox Christians in countries where Orthodoxy is a part of their heritage – how they pray, how they raise their families, how they face ethical problems, how their thinking differs from mine, and how they live out Orthodoxy in their own homes and native countries. I have small children so I can’t go on pilgrimage, but my soul is hungry. I've read dozens of books on Orthodox spirituality and history, but I'm looking for something more personal and contemporary – I want to know Orthodox people around the world...”

That letter spurred us into thought, and a few months later, as we believe, by the grace of God, an Orthodox Christian brotherhood offered us the chance to edit a new Orthodox journal, the focus and content of which we ourselves could shape. We were delighted at this chance to share our rich experience with Orthodox Christians in many lands, and thus, Road to Emmaus was born.
Now, in 2016 after 17 years and 66 issues, we are launching the new Road to Emmaus Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that will not only continue with the journal that many of you know, but will incorporate St. Nicholas Press; issuing both original works and themed collections of articles from the journal.

We welcome you to join us in our new endeavor. And like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, may we meet in the midst of the journey, our Lord Himself.


Click here to read an interview with the editor.