Former Arizona Novice Recently Ordained a Priest in the Russian Church

Fr. Ephraim Willmarth is a convert from Modesto, CA. He was a novice at St. Anthony’s Monastery in the early 2000’s. His return to the world was surrounded by unsubstantiated rumors, as is usually the case when no explanation is given to the brotherhood (or sisterhood) of why a monk or nun left (or, in some cases, was sent home).

Ephraim Willmarth as a seminarian.
Ephraim Willmarth as a seminarian.

One monk at St. Anthony’s (who has also returned to the world) told other monks that he drove him home to California, that he was possessed so Geronda sent him home, he was also able to see demons out and about, etc. However, not long after leaving St. Anthony’s, he entered Jordanville Seminary. Not long entering the seminary he was also making pilgrimages with other seminarians to Geronda Ephraim’s monasteries in the north eastern States.
On July 17, 2014, Fr. Ephraim Willmarth was ordained to the Priesthood by His Eminence Gabriel, Archbishop of Montreal & Canada. Fr. Ephraim is a graduate of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary and currently is the Administrative Assistant at the Seminary.

Fr. Ephraim Willmarth.
Fr. Ephraim Willmarth.

The Russian Orthodox Directory gives the following contact information:
Priest Ephraim Willmarth
1991 Co. Hwy 33
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Cell: (415) 816-8254
ejwillmarth@hts.edu