My Interview with Brother Augustine

Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with Michael Witcoff, aka Brother Augustine, one of the Orthodox wunderkinder who are making names for themselves as podcasters (you should check him out).  

Michael has had an interesting journey into the Faith.  Raised in a secular (non-believing) Jewish home, he was at various times an atheist, occultist, and a Freemason. 

He is also quite a renaissance fellow:  a musician, wilderness instructor, body-builder (among other things), and writer, as well as an excellent apologist.  

In this episode,* I ask him a little bit about himself and we have an informal, freewheeling chat about Orthodoxy, Freemasonry, and Judaism, among other things. 

We hope you check out his channel.  You should make it one of your regular stops when perusing the blogosphere; you won’t be disappointed.  


* Gail and I plan on doing more of these podcasts & interviews in the future.  (Look for upcoming podcasts with Roosh’s journey to Orthodoxy and Abbot Tryphon, to name a few.) 

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  1. I am happy to contribute. Can you tell me how to do that?
    Fr. David

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Thank you, Father. On the front page of there is a donate button on the right side of the screen that walks you through it.

  2. * Gail and I plan on doing more of these podcasts & interviews in the future. (Look for upcoming podcasts with Roosh’s journey to Orthodoxy and Abbot Tryphon, to name a few.)

    Br. Augustine is great.

    Glad to see you and Gail are making the rounds on the Orthodbro circuit! Which I’ll group Jim Jatras in with. Along with Roosh, Br. Augustine, Jay Dyer, David Erhan, Church of the Eternal Logos there are other Orthodox including Dissident Mama and Based Homeschool Mom who have been creating really, really awesome Orthodox content that seems to be bringing tons of people into the Church, thanks be to God.

    I’m going to do a plug for Patristic Faith (which Abbot Triphon and Br Augustine contribute to) which was recently created as a sort of alternative to the seemingly faltering AFR:

    The above mentioned, plus of course Monomakhos, Helleniscope and Orthodox Reflections have done a beyond awesome job bringing certain things in the Church to light, which is the first step to fixing it. I really love this about Orthodoxy, that the laity have such a strong voice when things are awry. I recently learned of something done by Met. Joseph (that I can’t publicly share) that showcases this.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      This is one of the things that attracted me to Orthodoxy, too. Regardless of who we are or what we do, we can talk to each other.

  3. I love Br Augustine and I love this blog. It’s nice to see the two connecting. I see in these lanes part of that “new crew” that some of our Saints foretold coming in the last days.

    • I see in these lanes part of that “new crew”

      Amen to that. I see this as well and I’ll also add Fr. Peter Heers.

      We are fortunate in the English speaking Orthodox world to have these people. From what I understand the Greeks have this in Met. Neophytos and many others. There have been plenty of Greek priests and monastics that are fighting. I assume the other Churches have this as well in the own languages.