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LANSING, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Paul, the 55th Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest will take place on the campus of Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, 1500 189th Street, Lansing, IL on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.  Meetings and meals will be held in the parish Social Center — a beautiful, church-owned banquet facility.  Read more…


CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — In a letter to all rectors and parish council members dated July 12, 2016, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest, announced that the task force charged with revising the diocese’s “Standard Parish Bylaws” has completed its task, and that its draft will be presented at the forthcoming Diocesan Assembly in October 2016.  Read more…


CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — In a letter to all rectors and parishes dated July 11, 2016, His Grace, Bishop Paul announced that the third and final phase of the implementation of the Policies and Procedures of Sexual Misconduct for the Orthodox Church in America — the development of a parish/mission volunteer screening program to work with youth — is being initiated.  Read more…


Fr. Steven Kostoff, Rector of Christ the Savior / Holy Spirit Church, Cincinnati, OH, recently posted to his congregation some reflections on the burial of a newborn child.  They speak eloquently to this tragic yet thoroughly Paschal event.  We include portions of them here for their pastoral sensitivity and their illustration of the depths and power of the theological message expressed by the burial service.  Read more…


DOWNERS GROVE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — Anna Trent, four-year-old granddaughter of Priest Zachariah Trent, Rector of Saint John the Forerunner Church, Indianapolis, IN, and daughter of James and Katie Trent, Downers Grove, IL, fell asleep in the Lord as a result of a swimming pool drowning accident on Sunday, June 19, 2016.  The Funeral for a Child will be celebrated at Saint Joseph Church, 412 Crescent Street, Wheaton, IL at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24.  Read more…


KANSASVILLE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] — The Midwest Diocese’s Saint Macrina Orthodox Institute will hold its Third Annual Conference at the new Saint Iakovos Retreat Center here August 12-13, 2016.  The theme of this year’s conference will be “Diakonia and the Liturgy of Good Works in the World.”  The talks will emphasize the broader understanding of diakonia as service which extends the depth and power of sacramental life into our interactions with the world, especially through the generosity and love shown through the good works of charity and ministry to those in need.  Read more…


CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] — Lawrence Moriak fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, June 17, 2016.  He was the beloved husband of Gladys Moriak and Mary Darus Moriak (both deceased); loving father of Bishop Matthias (Moriak) (Jeannette, deceased); dear grandfather of Rachel Moriak Sumner and Rev. Fr. Matthew Moriak; great grandfather of Jeannette, Qwen, and Levi Moriak; and Jude and Nadia Sumner; brother of Irene Kobelak (deceased) and Marion Kluchnik; dear uncle.  Read more…

 

 







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