Also, how would the living arrangements work, are Orthodox and Eastern Catholic seminaries non-residential, or built around a street of separate houses?
I can't imagine a bunch of families living in the kind of close quarters Roman rite seminarians put up with.
I can't imagine having a wife and kids on that salary for more than a year or two.
I have heard that in the East, being a priest's wife is seen as a vocation in its own right - so I am guessing most of them would want to dedicate lots of time to motherhood and have lots of time to volunteer for the Church, so not holding down a full-time job as well.
Fr Husband can bless the food if the other does not show. by 'church-people.' And most likely, you will end up hurting parishioners as well. I try and help my children tolerate the foibles of some (for example, an older parishioner with strong opinions on how things are done), but I can't sit and let them get hurt by the occasional person who really wants to cause pain. I suspect that many priest's wives and even deacon's wives stay under the radar so that they won't scandalize anyone.
Married priests are just too 'down to earth' for some believers. People will accuse you of being in the way of your husband's priesthood. Maybe some things would be easier if he were a free and easy single man, but there is the issue of vocation. Part of my own isolation is due to my introverted nature and the fact that I homeschool the kids by day and teach at the college by night.
Above, Father Doug Grandon and his wife, Lynn, both serve the Archdiocese of Denver.
Below in descending order: [first photo] Father Hezekias Carnazzo, his wife Linda, and their children with Bishop Nicholas Samra on ordination day; [second photo] Father Mykhailo and his wife Orysia Hanushevsky in 1956 after returning from 10 years of Siberian exile they endured with the two youngest of their nine children; and [third photo] Father Roman Galadza, and his wife, Irene, with grandchildren Nos. (Courtesy of Lynn Grandon, Linda Carnazzo, Father Peter Galadza, and Irene Galadza.)FRONT ROYAL, Va.
The priest informed Sabatino that the Eastern Churches, including the Melkite Catholic Church, have an ancient tradition of ordaining both married men and celibates and did not view the callings to priesthood and matrimony as “mutually exclusive.” So Linda ultimately said, “Yes,” and, after 10 years of marriage, with five children between the ages of 1 and 9, she finally gave her “Yes” again: to the ordination of her husband, now-Father Sabatino Carnazzo and the director of the Virginia-based Institute of Catholic Culture. Linda, who homeschools the children, said the family has been preparing itself for this new chapter of their lives: The boys have learned how to serve the Divine Liturgy, and their daughter has been practicing the chanting.
On May 1, Bishop Nicholas Samra of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton ordained him at Holy Transfiguration Church in Mc Lean, Va., giving him the name “Hezekias,” where the Catholic congregation welcomed their new priest with shouts of “! But the new priest’s wife explained that just as with discerning the call to marriage, she also seriously discerned whether God was calling her to life as a clergy wife.
The article was later reprinted by Christian commentator John Granger at Zossima