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[[Image:mikejess.jpg|right|thumb|My girlfriend and I dining in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, MX]]My name is Michael Fulton and I am a student at the University of Texas at Austin, studying Ancient History and Classical Civilizations with a Greek minor. Brought up a Roman Catholic, I was led to Orthodoxy through research after becoming disturbed by post-conciliar Rome. I was brought into the Church [[Holy Saturday]] 2004 and have been a faithful congregant at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church located in Austin, TX ever since.
=Education and Prospectives=
Upon leaving the den of postmodernism which is UT, I plan on becoming a seminarian (hopefully at [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's]], God willing). Hopefully I will find time in between my studies to marry my girlfriend [[User:Gabriela|Gabriela]] (a.k.a. Jessica), who is also a contributor to Orthodox Wiki.
 
[[Image:altarboy.jpg|right|thumb|The eternal acolyte. At my girlfriend's chrismation on Holy Saturday, 2006.]]
=My Interests=
I have a fondness for [[:Category:Liturgics|liturgical theology]], which would explain my beef with current innovations in Western liturgics (particularly the Novus Ordo Missae). I am also keenly interested in patristics, [[:Category:Angels|angelology]], pre-schismatic Anglo-Saxon and French saints, and [[:Category:Church History|ecclesiastical history]] as well as Byzantine history in general are passions of mine. Aside from trudging through Latin and Greek (often with much pain on my person), I have a sick fascination with cultology, and from that stems my interest in apologetics (specifically responding to Islam, Mormonism, Scientology, and the Baha'i Faith from a Christian perspective).
 
I'm a nerd and cajun at heart. My parents' families have unique histories which are closely tied to the Texas Gulf Coast and Southern Louisiana. Beyond my pious interests, I am a trekkie, and I have a habit of rubbing it off on my girlfriend (slowly she is learning to tell the difference between a Cardassian and a Klingon).
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