Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/ 60 In Memoriam: Archpriest John M. Klembara http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171215_1.html Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest John M. Klembara, 86, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, December 15, 2017.&nbsp; The Funeral for a Priest will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church, 6822 Broadview Road, Parma, OH at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171215_1.html Christ the Savior parish faithful serve Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago's Little Village http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171207_2.html Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-1122-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; For the fifth year, Archpriest John Baker and the faithful of Christ the Savior Church here provided Thanksgiving dinner to the needy in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.&nbsp; "Each year our Little Village Thanksgiving dinner has grown and changed in different ways," said Eddie Bocanegra, one of the dinner's organizers.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171207_2.html In Memoriam: Matushka Valerie Katharine Herrick http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171207_1.html Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>TOPEKA, KS [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Matushka Valerie Katharine [Writer] Herrick, wife of the late Archpriest Michael Herrick, fell asleep in the Lord here on December 5, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171207_1.html Bishop Paul asks Midwest faithful to help sponsor Alaskan, Mexican AAC delegates http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171130_2.html Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-1130-aac3-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; In a letter dated November 30, 2017, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest called upon the clergy, monastics and faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest to join together to collect funds during this Advent season to assist clergy and lay delegates from the Dioceses of Alaska and Mexico with expenses they will incur in attending the 19th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to convene in Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171130_2.html Diocesan Chancellor addresses clergy 2018 cost of living adjustment http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171130_1.html Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; In a letter to parish rectors and parish councils dated November 30, 2017, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest, provides information with regard to the 2018 cost of living adjustment for diocesan priests.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171130_1.html Detroit churches to sponsor pan-Orthodox Christmas concert December 10 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171122_2.html Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] &mdash; The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its third annual "Christ is Born! Glorify Him! A Detroit Orthodox Christmas Concert" at Saint Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 21931 Evergreen Road (between Eight and Nine Mile roads), Southfield, MI at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171122_2.html Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna to visit Detroit's Holy Trinity Church November 25-26 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171122_1.html Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-1125-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=79&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of Saint Anna, enshrined at Saint Tikhon's Monastery, South Canaan, PA will visit Holy Trinity Church, 20500 Anglin Street, Detroit, MI on the Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26, 2017. &nbsp;In honor of the icon, Archpriest Lev Kopistiansky, Rector of Holy Trinity Church, will celebrate a prayer service honoring Saint Anna with anointing of the faithful on Saturday, November 25 at 1:00 p.m.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171122_1.html Bishop Paul visits Athens, OH's St. Ephraim Community, Ohio University OCF http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171113_1.html Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-1105-athens-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ATHENS, OH [OU-OCF/Cami Jones] &mdash; What a blessing it was to spend the weekend of November 4-5, 2017 with His Grace, Bishop Paul, during his visit to Saint Ephraim Community, Athens, OH and the members of Ohio University's Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF]!</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171113_1.html "Becoming Truly Human" to play in Chicago area December 6 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171109_3.html Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-1206-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=61&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; "Becoming Truly Human" &mdash; a documentary film that shares the faith journeys of eight Millennials &mdash; will be presented by TheatriCast at the AMC Showplace Vernon Hill 8, 555 North Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00p.m.&nbsp; See related story.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171109_3.html "The Church in the Public Square" theme of November 18 presentation at Detroit's Holy Trinity Church http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171109_2.html Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [OCW-Detroit] &mdash; Archpriest Joseph Abud, Pastor of Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Flint, MI, will speak on "The Church in the Public Square" at Holy Trinity Church [OCA], 20500 Anglin Street (at Eight Mile Road), Detroit, MI on Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.&nbsp; The presentation is being sponsored by Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan [OCW].</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171109_2.html Twin Cities Pan-Orthodox Advent Retreat to explore the Orthodox Christian Family http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171109_1.html Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Dr. Katina Kostoulias will be the featured speaker at a pan-Orthodox Advent retreat at Saint Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN November 11-12, 2017.&nbsp; The theme of the retreat is "The Orthodox Christian Family: Helping Our Children To Grow Spiritually."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171109_1.html 100th Anniversary of Martyrdom of St. John of Chicago celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171108_1.html Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-1030-chicago1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>The 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint John Kochurov of Chicago was celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL on Monday and Tuesday, October 30-31, 2017.&nbsp; On Monday, His Grace, Bishop Paul concelebrated the festal Vigil with His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; His Eminence, Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia; and Chicago-area clergy.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171108_1.html Registration open for OCF's December Midwest, West Coast college conferences http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171107_1.html Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-1227-brookline.jpg&archive=0&final_h=32&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BROOKLINE, MA [Orthodox Christian Fellowship] &mdash; Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, encourages all college students to register now for the remaining spots open at its Midwest and West Coast College Conferences December 27-30, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171107_1.html Thanksgiving Fundraising Dinner to benefit Chicago-area's Martha and Mary Maternity House http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171031_1.html Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-1114-desplaines-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DES PLAINES, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A Celebration and Thanksgiving Benefit for the Martha and Mary Maternity House will be held at Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2350 East Dempster Street, Des Plaines, IL on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171031_1.html Lawrence, KS parish celebrates annual blessing of vineyard http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171026_2.html Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-lawrence1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LAWRENCE, KS [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; For several years, Priest Joshua Lollar and the faithful of Saint Nicholas Church, Lawrence, KS, have gathered at Blue Jacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery to help with the grape harvest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171026_2.html Ohio Military Chaplain concelebrates with Serbian Military Bishop http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171026_1.html Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-lazarevac.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LAZAREVAC, SERBIA [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; During a recent visit to Serbia, Father James Sizemore, CH (LTC), a US Army Reserve chaplain based in Ohio, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with His Grace, Bishop Jovan, the Serbian Orthodox Church's Military Hierarch, and Serbian military chaplains at the Church of the Great Martyr Dimitri in Lazarevac, Serbia in conjunction with the State Partnership Program the Ohio National Guard [ONG] maintains with Serbia.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171026_1.html Bishop Paul presides at 100th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church, Overland Park, Kansas http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171024_1.html Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-1008-overlandpark2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On the weekend of October 7-8, 2017, His Grace, Bishop Paul presided at the 100th anniversary celebration of Holy Trinity Church Overland Park, KS.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171024_1.html St. John the Baptist Church, Campbell, Ohio celebrates centennial http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171017_1.html Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-1014-campbell-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CAMPBELL, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On the weekend of October 14-15, 2017, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest visited Saint John the Baptist Church, Campbell, OH for the celebration of the community's 100th anniversary.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171017_1.html Celebrating 125 years of Orthodox Christianity in Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171010_1.html Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0930-chicago1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=47&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [OCCA-Chicago] &mdash; Seven Orthodox Christian hierarchs and dozens of clergy, led by altar servers and Church school children, processed into Lane Tech Auditorium here on Saturday, September 30, 2017, to celebrate a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy commemorating 125 years of Orthodox Christian presence in Metropolitan Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171010_1.html Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. John of Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171006_2.html Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-1031-chicago5-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [Holy Trinity Cathedral] &mdash; The parish of Holy Trinity Cathedral here will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint John Kochurov with a month of services and activities, according to Priest Alexander Koranda, Priest-in-Charge.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171006_2.html St. Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH hosts retreat with Fr. Barnabas Powell http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171006_1.html Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0915-olmstedfalls1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>OLMSTED FALLS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The parish of Saint Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH, welcomed Father Barnabas Powell for a retreat on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, 2017.&nbsp; Father Barnabas is the priest of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church, Cumming, GA.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_171006_1.html St. Tikhon's Seminary to host annual Vocations Retreat November 10-11 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170921_3.html Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Saint Tikhon's Seminary will host its annual Vocations Retreat on November 10-11, 2017.&nbsp; The theme will be "Humility and Obedience in Saint John Chrysostom."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170921_3.html Chicago Synergy announces 2017 annual Symposium October 21 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170921_2.html Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CICERO, IL [MW Diocese Communications/Synergy] &mdash; Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will be the keynote speaker at Synergy's 2017 annual Symposium at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cicero, IL from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170921_2.html Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit to perform benefit concert October 6 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170921_1.html Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [COCC-Detroit Communications] &mdash; The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit will perform its seventh annual benefit concert at Saint Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 4575 East Outer Drive, Detroit at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017.&nbsp; With the theme "Come Let Us Worship," the concert program will consist of hymns and liturgical pieces representing a variety of Orthodox Christian traditions.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170921_1.html SVOTS to host Open House for prospective students October 5-8 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170914_2.html Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-1005-yonkers-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p>YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] &mdash; Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS] will host a three-day Open House for prospective students October 5-8, 2017.&nbsp; The event will offer participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in seminary life by attending classroom sessions and chapel services, meeting the Seminary President and select faculty members, sharing community meals and spending time with seminarians and their families, and exploring SVOTS' Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry degree programs.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170914_2.html Serbian Bishop Irinej to preach at Pan-Orthodox Liturgy marking 125th Anniversary of Orthodox Christianity in Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170914_1.html Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0930-chicago2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=48&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Irinej [Dobrijevic] of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America will deliver the homily at the Hierarchical Pan-Orthodox Divine Liturgy on September 30, 2017 marking the 125th Anniversary of Orthodox Christianity in Chicago.&nbsp; The historic Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at the Lane Tech Auditorium, 2501 West Addision at Western, Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170914_1.html Relic of St. Spyridon to visit Chicago area October 11-15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170913_2.html Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-1011-palosheights-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PALOS HEIGHTS, IL [MW Diocese Communications/Synergy] &mdash; With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, Locum Tenens of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, the holy relic of the right hand of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous will be available for veneration at Saint Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church, Palos Heights, IL October 11-15, 2017 in honor of the parish's 100th anniversary.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170913_2.html Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black to hold 24th annual conference October 6-8 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170913_1.html Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>PRINCETON, NJ [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black will hold its 24th annual conference at the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Church, Princeton, NJ October 6-8, 2017. &nbsp;The conference theme &mdash; "Closer to Christ, Closer to Each Other" &mdash; will be introduced in the keynote address by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170913_1.html "SOS!" September is "Support Our Seminarians" Month! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170910_1.html Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-sos-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=81&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Once again, September has been designated "Support Our Seminarians" Month in the Diocese of the Midwest as His Grace, Bishop Paul, calls upon the faithful to support the growing number of diocesan seminarians &mdash; many of whom are married with children.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170910_1.html Bishop Paul to host first-ever Virtual Youth Retreat http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170907_1.html Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-1028-chicago1-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=89&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Youth] &mdash; On the evening of Friday, October 27, 2017, His Grace, Bishop Paul will lead a discussion with pre-teens and teens during the first-ever diocesan on-line youth retreat.&nbsp; Youth in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in this event being hosted at four parishes in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170907_1.html IOCC: Update on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170906_1.html Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0906-baltimore.jpg&archive=0&final_h=35&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] &mdash; Thank you from International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] for your tremendous outpouring of prayers and support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.&nbsp; We ask you to keep those affected by Hurricane Harvey in your prayers and also those now facing Hurricane Irma.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170906_1.html Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI site of Clergy Wives' Retreat October 13-15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170830_1.html Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>RIVES JUNCTION, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Holy Dormition Monastery here will be the site of the 30th Midwest Clergy Wives' Retreat October 13-15, 2017.&nbsp; The gathering affords clergy wives from all jurisdictions an opportunity to grow in their faith, meet one another in fellowship, worship with the monastic community, and learn from the guest speaker.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170830_1.html Grand Rapids, MI site of pan-Orthodox retreat September 15-16 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170829_2.html Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0915-grandrapids-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>GRAND RAPIDS, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2250 East Paris Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI will be the site of a two-day retreat for teens, parents, clergy and youth directors September 15-16, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170829_2.html St. Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH to host retreat with Fr. Barnabas Powell http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170829_1.html Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0915-olmstedfalls-front.jpg&archive=0&final_h=71&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>OLMSTED FALLS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Saint Innocent Church, 8526 Usher Road, Olmsted Falls, OH, will host a retreat titled "Inviting Our Neighbor into the Timeless Faith" on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170829_1.html Bishop Paul to address OCL's 30th Annual Conference http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170824_1.html Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-1028-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=32&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [OCL] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will be among the speakers at the 30th Annual Conference of Orthodox Christian Laity [OCL] on Saturday, October 28, 2017.&nbsp; Bishop Paul will update participants on the work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170824_1.html Kansas City Deanery clergy, families gather for two days of worship, fellowship http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170717_1.html Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0712-overlandpark1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Kansas City Deanery clergy and their families gathered at Holy Trinity Church here July 12-13, 2017 for two days of worship and fellowship.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170717_1.html Holy Synod of Bishops issue statement on recent tragic events in Charlottesville, VA http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170817_1.html Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America joins people of faith and good will across the United States, Canada and Mexico in unequivocally, unreservedly and unambiguously rejecting words and actions which perpetrate, support or encourage hatred, violence, racism, white supremacy, white nationalism or neo-Nazism.&nbsp; As Orthodox Christians, we believe that every human being is a child of God, created in His image and likeness, and therefore we are all brothers and sisters whatever our race, nationality or creed.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170817_1.html In Memoriam: Deacon Bohdan Melnychenko http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170816_1.html Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>ST. PAUL, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Deacon Bohdan Melnychenko, who had served Holy Trinity Parish here since his ordination to the diaconate in 2006, fell asleep at home on the morning of the Great Feast of the Dormition &mdash; August 15, 2017. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170816_1.html Fourth annual St. Macrina Institute to be held August 11-12 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170510_1.html Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0812-kansasville2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=57&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Diocese of the Midwest's catechist and diaconal vocations program, the Saint Macrina Institute, will hold its fourth annual conference at the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center, Kansasville, WI August 11-12, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170510_1.html Vacancy at Saint Panteleimon Church, Summit, IL announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170815_1.html Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A pastoral vacancy at Saint Panteleimon Church, Summit, IL was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; The office of Parish Rector is vacant, effective immediately.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170815_1.html Midwest Diocese's summer camp programs begin July 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170626_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0701-camps.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Final plans for the Midwest Diocese's five summer camps are "in the works" as the 2017 camping season opens July 1.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170626_1.html In Memoriam: Daria Petrykowski http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170725_1.html Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>STRONGSVILLE, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Daria Darlene Petrykowski, a member of the Midwest Diocesan Council, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, July 21, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170725_1.html Fourth Small Parish Forum attracts record number of participants http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170724_1.html Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0714-newkensington.jpg&archive=0&final_h=52&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>NEW KENSINGTON, PA [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A record 70 individuals representing parishes across the US and Canada participated in the Small Parish Forum at Saint John the Baptist Church here July 13-15, 2017.&nbsp; The group was the largest of any previous Small Parish Forums, attracting clergy and lay participants from eight OCA Dioceses &mdash; Western Pennsylvania, the Midwest, the South, New York and New Jersey, and New England, and the Bulgarian, Albanian and Romanian Dioceses &mdash; as well as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170724_1.html Bishop Paul presides at 125th Anniversary of Chicago's landmark cathedral parish http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170622_1.html Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0611-chicago3.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications/Larisa Fetterly] &mdash; Holy Trinity Cathedral here celebrated its 125th anniversary on the weekend of June 10-11, 2017.&nbsp; The celebration also marked the 125th anniversary of Orthodox Christianity in Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170622_1.html Metropolitan Tikhon, Bishop Paul concelebrate at Glorification of St. Mardarije of Libertyville http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170719_1.html Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0716-libertyville.jpg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LIBERTYVILLE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest were among the numerous hierarchs present for the celebration of the Glorification of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville, North America's first ruling Serbian Orthodox bishop, at Saint Sava Monastery here July 14-16, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170719_1.html 125th Anniversary of Orthodox Christianity in Chicago to be celebrated September 30 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170710_1.html Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0930-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=55&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [125 Orthodox Chicago Committee] &mdash; Proclaiming 2017 as the "125th Year of Orthodox Christianity in Greater Chicago," the region's ruling bishops have endorsed a historic celebration to take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017.&nbsp; Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association [OCCA] of Greater Chicago, the commemoration will include the celebration of a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Lane Tech Auditorium, 2501 West Addison at Western, Chicago, followed by an anniversary banquet at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, 8535 West Higgins Road, Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170710_1.html Registration opens for July 13-15 Small Parish Forum http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170517_1.html Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0713-newkensington.jpg&archive=0&final_h=52&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>NEW KENSINGTON, PA [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Registration is now open for the Fourth Small Parish Forum to be cosponsored by the Diocese of the Midwest and the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania at Saint John the Baptist Church, New Kensington, PA Thursday, July 13 through Saturday, July 15 2017.&nbsp; The theme of the Forum is "Becoming a Community of Engagement: On Behalf of All."</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170517_1.html Bishop Paul presides at 50th Anniversary of Christ the Saviour Church, Byesville, OH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170531_1.html Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0521-byesville4.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BYESVILLE, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; In 1967, the faithful of Saint Michael Church, Robins, OH and Saints Peter and Paul Church, Lore City, OH combined to start a new parish in Byesville, OH: Christ the Saviour Church.&nbsp; The parish celebrated its 50th anniversary and over 100 years of Orthodoxy in Guernsey County with a visit from His Grace, Bishop Paul on May 19-21.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170531_1.html Survey explores family needs for future diocesan youth and young adult programs http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170531_2.html Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Paul, a new survey is now available for parents in the Diocese of the Midwest to share their thoughts and expectations for future diocesan youth and young adult (YYA) resources and programs.&nbsp; The survey is available on-line.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170531_2.html Bishop Paul visits Holy Resurrection Mission, Fargo, ND http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170601_1.html Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0512-fargo1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>FARGO, ND [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul, made an archpastoral visitation to Holy Resurrection Mission, Fargo, ND May 11-12, 2017.&nbsp; During his visit, which marked the first anniversary of Priest William Rettig's tenure as Priest-in-Charge, Bishop Paul also elevated the mission's former Priest-in-Charge, Priest Oliver Herbel, to the dignity of Archpriest and presented him with the gold pectoral cross.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170601_1.html Bishop Paul Sends Letter of Condolence to Locum Tenens of Chicago Metropolis on Repose of Metropolitan Iakovos http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170604_1.html Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; In a letter addressed to His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America's Metropolis of Detroit, dated June 5, 2017, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest offered condolences on the repose of His Eminence, Metropolitan Iakovos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.&nbsp; His Eminence, 89, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday evening, June 2 at Chicago's Weiss Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170604_1.html Vacancy for Associate Priest at Saint Joseph Church, Wheaton, IL announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170624_1.html Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>WHEATON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A vacancy for the position of Associate Priest at Saint Joseph Church, Wheaton, IL was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; The vacancy is immediate.&nbsp; A working knowledge of Church Slavonic is preferable, but not required.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170624_1.html Vacancy at Saint Stephen the First Martyr Mission, Lima, OH announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170622_2.html Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A pastoral vacancy at Saint Stephen the First Martyr Mission, Lima, OH was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; The office of Priest-in-Charge will be vacant as of August 1, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170622_2.html Chicago Cathedral parish to celebrate 125th anniversary June 10-11 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170523_1.html Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0611-chicago2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [HT Cathedral,/Larisa Fetterly] &mdash; The parish of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral will celebrate its 125th anniversary the weekend of June 10-11, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170523_1.html Noted Midwest musician John Sutko receives Order of St. Romanos http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170521_2.html Sun, 21 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0506-burrridge1-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BURR RIDGE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On behalf of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest presented the Order of Saint Romanos to John Sutko at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, Burr Ridge, IL on Saturday, May 6, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170521_2.html PaTRAM to sponsor Advanced Conducting Master Class in Chicago June 21-25 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170521_1.html Sun, 21 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Institute [PaTRAM] will hold an Advanced Conducting Master Class at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL from Wednesday, June 21 through Sunday, June 25.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170521_1.html OCA Archivist lectures on Metropolitan Leonty at Minneapolis' St. Mary's Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170518_1.html Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0514-minneapolis.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Sunday, May 14, 2017 marked the 52nd anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Leonty.&nbsp; At the time of his repose in 1965, Metropolitan Leonty had been Primate of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in North America&mdash;which is now known as the Orthodox Church in America&mdash;for 15 years.&nbsp; He is remembered throughout the Church as a humble, wise and saintly hierarch and pastor.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170518_1.html In Memoriam: Archpriest Kurt Anthony Spengler http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170506_1.html Sat, 06 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LOMBARD, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Kurt Anthony Spengler, who was attached to Saint Panteleimon Church, Summit, IL, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, May 5, 2017 after an extended illness.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170506_1.html John Sutko to receive St. Romanos Award http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170505_1.html Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0405-sutko.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BURR RIDGE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; John Sutko, whose life-long, exemplary dedication to Orthodox Christian liturgical music has been recognized far beyond the choir loft of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church here, will receive the Order of Saint Romanos on Saturday, May 6, 2017.&nbsp; In March, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America blessed Mr. Sutko to receive this year's award, given "in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the field of liturgical music in the Orthodox Church in America."</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170505_1.html Detroit-area presentation on Crete Council to be offered May 15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170504_2.html Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0515-sterlingheights-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>STERLING HEIGHTS, MI [OCW Detroit/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit will speak on the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church that gathered in Crete June 19-26, 2016 during the monthly meeting of the Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan [OCW] at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 11455 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights, 48312 on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170504_2.html OCA Archivist to present 2017 St. Alexis Lecture at Minneapolis cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170504_1.html Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Alexis Liberovsky, Archivist of the Orthodox Church in America, will deliver the 2017 Saint Alexis [Toth] Lecture at Saint Mary Cathedral here at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.&nbsp; According to Archpriest Andrew Morbey, cathedral Dean, Mr. Liberovsky's topic will be "Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich): The Minneapolis Connection."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170504_1.html In Memoriam: Matushka Barbara Dye http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170503_1.html Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Matushka Barbara [Adams] Dye, wife of the late Archpriest Gregory Dye, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, April 28, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170503_1.html Chicago to celebrate IOCC's 25th Anniversary with banquet, silent auction May 11 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170420_2.html Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0511-desplaines-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DES PLAINES, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The 25th Anniversary of International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] will be celebrated with a grand banquet and silent auction at Cafe La Cave, 2777 Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, IL on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170420_2.html Bishop Paul installs new pastor at Holy Apostles Church, Normal, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170420_1.html Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0407-normal.jpg&archive=0&final_h=40&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>NORMAL, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul installed Priest David Gresham as Rector of Holy Apostles Church here during his archpastoral visit on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, 2017, in conjunction with the celebration of the Raising of Lazarus.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170420_1.html Metropolitan Tikhon sends condolences to Coptic Pope Tawadros after Palm Sunday bombings http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170411_2.html Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p><em>During these days when we walk with our Lord Jesus Christ on the way to His voluntary Passion, we are filled with great sorrow at learning of the tragic news of yet another atrocity perpetrated against the innocent and peaceful Orthodox Christians of Egypt.</em></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170411_2.html PASCHAL MESSAGE OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP PAUL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170411_1.html Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/pascha.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><em>If the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.&nbsp; The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.</em></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170411_1.html Annual Midwest Clergy Convocation to be held in Livonia, MI May 1-3, 2017 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170407_1.html Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-Clergy-Convocation.jpg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LIVONIA, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Holy Transfiguration Church here will be the site of the annual Clergy Convocation of the Diocese of the Midwest May 1-3, 2017.&nbsp; The keynote speaker at the gathering will be Archimandrite Joseph, Abbot of Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery, Perrysville, OH, who will offer two timely presentations &mdash; "The Priest Before God: Prayer and Holiness" and "The Priest in the Midst of the Community: The Celebrant of the Holy Mysteries, Preacher/Teacher and Shepherd" &mdash; on Tuesday, May 2.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170407_1.html John Sutko awarded Order of St. Romanos by Holy Synod of Bishops http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170405_1.html Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0405-sutko.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SYOSSET, NY [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; During their <a href="https://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-announces-19th-aac-theme-during-spring-session"><strong>Spring Session</strong></a> March 28-31, 2017, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops awarded the Order of Saint Romanos to John Sutko in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the field of liturgical music in the Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; It is expected that Mr. Sutko, who had served for six decades as choir director at <a href="http://stpeterandstpaulorthodoxchurch.org/"><strong>Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church</strong></a>, Burr Ridge, IL, will receive the award in May.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170405_1.html Kenyan Archbishop Makarios expresses gratitude to Bishop Paul, MW faithful for motorcycle donation http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170329_1.html Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0328-kenya11.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; In mid-March 2017, His Grace, Bishop Paul received a letter from His Eminence, Archbishop Makarios of Kenya, formally thanking him and the Diocese of the Midwest for the donation of additional motorcycles for his clergy.&nbsp; As widely reported, it was in November 2015 that Bishop Paul had initiated a diocesan-wide drive to raise funds to purchase ten motorcycles for Orthodox Christian clergy ministering in Kenya, in partnership with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC].&nbsp; While the initial goal of the drive aimed at raising $10,000.00, the project resonated so well with diocesan parishes and faithful that over $31,000.00 was donated, making it possible to purchase some three dozen motorcycles.&nbsp; The clergy from two Kenyan dioceses were the recipients of motorcycles that had been delivered in 2016, while the most recent motorcycles will be used by clergy in the country's third diocese.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170329_1.html Bishop Neofitos of Kenya preaches at Cleveland Deanery Akathist Service in Campbell, OH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170322_1.html Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0319-campbell2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=61&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CAMPBELL, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Clergy and faithful from the Diocese of the Midwest's Cleveland Deanery were joined by the Eastern Orthodox Clergy Association of the Mahoning Valley in hosting the celebration of the Akathist to the Holy Cross on Sunday evening, March 19, 2017 at Saint John the Baptist Church here.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170322_1.html Vacancy at Holy Assumption Church, Marblehead, OH announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170314_2.html Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A pastoral vacancy at Holy Assumption Church, Marblehead, OH was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; The office of Parish Rector will be vacant as of July 1, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170314_2.html Conference cruise to Alaska September 2-9, 2017 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170314_1.html Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0902-sitka-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SITKA, AK [OCA] &mdash; With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West and the support of His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska, a pilgrimage cruise and conference-at-sea will be held September 2-9, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170314_1.html Chicago-area pan-Orthodox Akathist Hymn to be celebrated April 4 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170308_1.html Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>LAKE VILLA, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Chicago will sponsor its annual lenten pan-Orthodox celebration of the Akathist Hymn at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170308_1.html Detroit's Council of Orthodox Christian Churches to sponsor Sunday Lenten Vesper services http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_6.html Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications/COCC] &mdash; The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will hold the first in its annual series of Vesper services on the five Sundays of Orthodox Great Lent on March 5, 2017, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, at 6:00 p.m. at Saint Clement Ohridski Macedono-Bulgarian Orthodox Church, 19600 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_6.html Cleveland-area Triumph of Orthodoxy Vesper Service announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_5.html Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh will be the chief celebrant and homilist at the Cleveland-area Sunday of Orthodoxy Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_5.html FOCUS North America's YES Program coming to Chicago April 28-30 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_4.html Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0428-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications/FOCUS NA] &mdash; FOCUS North America's YES Program will be held in Chicago April 28-30, 2017.&nbsp; YES &mdash; "Youth Equipped to Serve" &mdash; offers a wonderful opportunity for faithful ages 13 through college to serve and love the people of Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_4.html Mother Gabriella to speak at Chicago-area Pan-Orthodox Lenten Retreat March 11 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_3.html Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>PALOS PARK, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Mother Gabriella of the Orthodox Church in America's Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI will be the guest speaker at a Pan-Orthodox retreat at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 8410 131st Street, Palos Park, IL on Saturday, March 11, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_3.html Chicago Deanery releases Lenten Vesper schedule http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_2.html Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Chicago Deanery recently released its schedule of Sunday evening Lenten Vesper Services, all of which will begin at 6:00 p.m. Brief homilies focusing on the "Psalms of Ascent" chanted at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be offered weekly.&nbsp; After each service, the faithful are invited to partake of a light lenten supper and fellowship.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_2.html Minneapolis Deanery announces Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vesper schedule http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_1.html Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [OCA] &mdash; The Minneapolis Deanery recently announced the schedule for Lenten Vesper Services to be sponsored by the Minnesota Eastern Orthodox Christian Clergy Association on Sunday evenings during Great Lent.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170224_1.html Bishop Paul ordains Jonathan Lincoln to Diaconate at St. Tikhon's Monastery http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170223_1.html Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0219-southcanaan.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Sunday, February 19, 2017, Jonathon Lincoln was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church here.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170223_1.html Save the Date! Fourth Small Parish Forum to be held July 13-15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170220_1.html Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0715-newkensington.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>NEW KENSINGTON, PA [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Diocese of the Midwest will co-sponsor the fourth annual Small Parish Forum at Saint John the Baptist Church, New Kensington, PA July 13-15 2017.&nbsp; The Forum will focus on specific parish situations common to the numerous "small" parishes throughout the OCA and other Orthodox jurisdictions.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170220_1.html St. Vladimir's Seminary to host mid-March open house for prospective students http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170214_1.html Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0315-yonkers.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] &mdash; Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS] extends an invitation to prospective students to attend its spring Open House March 15-17, 2017.&nbsp; The event will feature a full schedule of activities, including attending chapel services and classes, meeting with faculty members, and sharing meals with current seminarians and their families.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170214_1.html Missouri mission receives OCA Church Planting Grant for first time http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170213_2.html Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0213-saintjames1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SAINT JAMES, MO [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Mission, Saint James, MO &mdash; one of the Diocese's newest mission communities &mdash; was recently awarded its first Church Planting Grant from the Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; Priest Joel Wilson, who during his years at Saint Tikhon's Seminary had been given "a unique perspective on evangelization" while pursuing a summer internship in an Oklahoma mission, discerned the call to plant a mission in an area with little or no Orthodox Christian presence.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170213_2.html Chicago's annual "Celebration of Books" to be held March 12-16 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170213_1.html Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0312-westchester-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>WESTCHESTER, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 2501 South Wolf Road, Westchester, IL once again will host the annual "Celebration of Books" in mid-March 2017.&nbsp; The theme of this year's event &mdash; "Navigating God's Holy Word" &mdash; will be explored during three special presentations.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170213_1.html Vacancy at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170131_2.html Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A pastoral vacancy at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; The office of Cathedral Dean will be vacant as of July 1, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170131_2.html Vacancy at Saint Nicholas Church, Kenosha, WI announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170131_1.html Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A pastoral vacancy at Saint Nicholas Church, Kenosha, WI was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; The office of Parish Rector will be vacant as of June 1, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170131_1.html Chicago-area Triumph of Orthodoxy Vesper Service announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170130_3.html Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0305-cicero.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1220 South 60th Court, Cicero, IL will be the site of the Triumph of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vesper Service at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170130_3.html Benjamin Sawchak receives Eagle Scout award http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170130_2.html Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0128-overlandpark3.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A Court of Honor, during which Benjamin Sawchak was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, was held at Holy Trinity Church, Overland Park, KS on Saturday, January 28, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170130_2.html Bishop Paul speaks at annual Chicago area Pan-Orthodox Sanctity of Life service http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170130_1.html Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0122-burrridge5-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=80&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BURR RIDGE, IL [Orthodox Christians for Life-Chicago/Priest Andrew Bartek] &mdash; The ninth annual Pan-Orthodox Sanctity of Life prayer service was held at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Burr Ridge, IL on Sunday evening, January 22, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170130_1.html Cleveland’s ZOE for Life! to conduct client advocate training February 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170126_1.html Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH [ZOE] &mdash; ZOE for Life! will conduct client advocate training for volunteers at at ZOE House, 5454 State Road, Parma, OH on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.&nbsp; Volunteers are asked to call 216-465-9030 to reserve space in the training program.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170126_1.html ENCYCLICAL OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP PAUL ON FAMILY LIFE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170124_1.html Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0124-familylife.jpg&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers and Mothers, Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,<br />Christ is in our midst!</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170124_1.html Bishop Paul leads opening prayer at fourth annual March for Life-Chicago January 15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170119_2.html Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0115-chicago1-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [Orthodox Christians for Life-Chicago/Priest Andrew Bartek] &mdash; On Sunday, January 15, 2017, March For Life-Chicago held its fourth annual event.&nbsp; March For Life-Chicago started four years ago with about 1,000 participants.&nbsp; This year saw approximately 10,000 people attend.&nbsp; It has grown into a very significant event.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170119_2.html Bishop Paul visits St. Luke the Evangelist Church, Palos Hills, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170119_1.html Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0108-paloshills2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=72&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PALOS HILLS, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago visited Saint Luke the Evangelist Church, Palos Hills, IL., on the weekend of January 7-8, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170119_1.html Chicago's Holy Trinity Cathedral to celebrate 125th anniversary June 11, 2017 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170116_2.html Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1030-chicago2-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest John Adamcio and the clergy and faithful of Holy Trinity Cathedral here recently announced that the parish's 125th anniversary will be celebrated on Sunday, June 11, 2017.&nbsp; His Grace, Bishop Paul will preside at the anniversary Divine Liturgy.&nbsp; A banquet will follow at the Carlisle, Lombard, IL.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170116_2.html OCMC Mission Team Chicago to host benefit dinner February 23 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170116_1.html Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0223-desplaines-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DES PLAINES, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Michael Oleksa, a priest of the OCA Diocese of Alaska, professor and expert on Alaskan Native cultures and history, will be the guest speaker at Mission Team Chicago's annual Benefit Dinner on Thursday, February 23, 2017.&nbsp; "The Missionary Importance of the Alaskan Saints Today" will be Father Michael's topic.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170116_1.html Chicago Deanery Winter Camp to be held in East Troy, WI February 18-20 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170111_1.html Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0218-easttroy-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>EAST TROY, WI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Edwards YMCA Camp here once again will be the site of the Chicago Deanery's popular Winter Camp, which begins at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18 and runs through 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017.&nbsp; The camp is open to all youth ages 11 through 18.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170111_1.html IOCC's 25th Anniversary to be celebrated in Milwaukee January 28 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170110_2.html Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>MILWAUKEE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A "classic" Wisconsin tailgate celebration will mark the 25th Anniversary of International Orthodox Christian Charities at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 9440 West Congress Street, Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, January 28, 2017.&nbsp; The event will follow the celebration of Vespers at 5:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170110_2.html Deacon John Kennerk ordained to Holy Priesthood http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170110_1.html Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0101-chicago-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [STOTS Communications] &mdash; On Sunday, January 1, 2017 &mdash; the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord and Saint Basil the Great &mdash; Deacon John Kennerk was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at hishome parish of Christ the Savior here.&nbsp; His Grace, Bishop Paul was celebrant.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170110_1.html Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago to hold women's retreat January 13-14 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170105_1.html Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0113-kansasville.jpg&archive=0&final_h=46&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>KANSASVILLE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Family Synaxis Committee of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago will hold its annual women's retreat at Saint Iakovos Retreat Center, Kansasville, WI on January 13-14, 2017.&nbsp; Additional information and on-line registration is available before or on Sunday, January 8.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170105_1.html Cleveland area pan-Orthodox Akathistos to be celebrated January 22 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170104_1.html Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>NORTH ROYALTON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Cleveland area faithful are invited to gather at Saint Matthew the Evangelist Church, 10383 Albion Road, North Royalton, OH on Sunday, January 22, 2017 to pray for the unborn while affirming that life is a gift from God.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170104_1.html Overland Park, Kansas parish traces its "roots" in centennial lecture http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170103_3.html Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/2017-0211-overlandpark.jpg&archive=0&final_h=36&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Holy Trinity Church here, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017, will host a free public lecture tracing its "roots" at 6:00 p.m. at the church, located at 11901 Pflumm Road, Overland Park, KS, on Saturday, February 11, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170103_3.html Volunteers needed to provide shelter, meals for Chicago-area homeless women and children http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170103_2.html Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>PALOS HILLS, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; With colder weather in the forecast for the immediate future, volunteers to assist the program for the homeless offered by Saint Luke Church, 10700 South Kean Avenue, Palos Hills, IL are being sought.&nbsp; The program provides food and shelter for homeless women and children on Monday nights, October through April.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170103_2.html Bishop Paul receives greetings from Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin and Lodeynoye Pole http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170103_1.html Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; In conjunction with the celebration of the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest received greetings from His Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin and Lodeynoye Pole, Russia.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_170103_1.html Bishop Paul to speak at Chicago-area Sanctity of Life Service January 22 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161222_1.html Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>BURR RIDGE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago will offer a presentation in conjunction with the ninth annual pan-Orthodox Sanctity of Life Service slated to be celebrated at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 6980 County Line Road, Burr Ridge, IL at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161222_1.html Bishop Paul to speak at Chicago's annual March for Life January 15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161220_1.html Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2017/2017-0115-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will be among the speakers at the annual March for Life Chicago.&nbsp; The March, the theme of which is "Life Wins" &mdash; will be held at Federal Plaza, 50 West Adams St., Chicago, IL from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161220_1.html 2016 NATIVITY MESSAGE OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP PAUL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161219_1.html Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2011/2011-1225-nativity.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=63&percent=100"><p>Beloved Clergy, Monastics and Laity of the Diocese of the Midwest,<br />Christ is Born &mdash; Glorify Him!</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161219_1.html Bishop Paul visits St. Andrew parish, Maple Heights, OH, honors Fr. Emilian Hutnyan http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161215_1.html Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1130-mapleheights3.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, His Grace, Bishop Paul celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, patron of Saint Andrew Church, Maple Heights, OH.&nbsp; During the Liturgy, Bishop Paul presented a jeweled cross to Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan, rector, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161215_1.html Chicago's landmark Holy Trinity Cathedral to host annual holiday cookie walk http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161213_1.html Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1217-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [Holy Trinity Cathedral] &mdash; Holy Trinity Cathedral will host its annual Holiday Cookie Walk December 17-18, 2016.&nbsp; A large variety of homemade holiday cookies will be available for sale by the pound in the parish hall at 1121 North Leavitt St., Chicago, on Saturday, December 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 18, from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. or until supplies run out.&nbsp; Individually priced handmade candies and pet treats will also be available.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161213_1.html Cleveland's St. Theodosius Cathedral to present 40th annual Landmark Christmas Concert December 18 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161208_1.html Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The choir of historic Saint Theodosius Cathedral in Cleveland's Tremont community will hold is 40th annual Cleveland Landmark Christmas Concert at the cathedral on Sunday, December 18, 2016.&nbsp; The choir will sing under the direction of Kenneth Kovach, who is celebrating his 45th year as the cathedral's Choirmaster.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161208_1.html Minneapolis Cathedral Choir releases new Christmas CD http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161205_1.html Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1205-minneapolis-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Saint Mary&rsquo;s Cathedral Choir is pleased to announce the release of its new recording featuring selections of hymns and carols celebrating the Great Feast of our Lord's Nativity.&nbsp; The nearly 60-minute disc includes settings of many popular favorites from the Nativity services celebrated in the Orthodox Church, along with some hymns never before recorded in English.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161205_1.html Bishop Paul visits MW students, families at St. Vladimir's Seminary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161130_1.html Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1116-yonkers.jpg&archive=0&final_h=63&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>YONKERS, NY [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago visited Saint Vladimir's Seminary here during the week of November 14, 2016.&nbsp; During his visit, he met with students and families from the Diocese of the Midwest and sat in on several classes.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161130_1.html IOCC seeks volunteers for Orthodox Action Team in Waseca, MN December 2-3 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161129_1.html Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Since the devastating hurricanes in 2005, International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] has provided over 1,200 volunteers and thousands of work-hours to help families rebuild their lives by building new homes and cleaning up after disasters.&nbsp; "Even though our Orthodox brothers and sisters have been spared from the recent flooding in southern Minnesota, hundreds of our neighbors have not been so fortunate," according to IOCC.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161129_1.html Lorain, OH faithful help feed needy on Thanksgiving — and beyond! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161128_1.html Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1123-lorain.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LORAIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Every year, the faithful of Saints Peter and Paul Church here conduct a Thanksgiving turkey drive to brighten the holiday for some of the area's neediest families.&nbsp; And this year was no exception with regard to putting Matthew 25 into action!</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161128_1.html Mission accomplished! Kenyan clergy receive motorcycles as a result of the Midwest faithful's tremendous generosity! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161117_2.html Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0815-kenya4.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=50&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; In November 2015, His Grace, Bishop Paul initiated a diocesan-wide drive to raise funds to purchase ten motorcycles for Orthodox Christian clergy ministering in Kenya, in partnership with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC].&nbsp; The drive aimed at raising $10,000.00.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161117_2.html "Monks Amongst Us" theme of fall retreat at Annunciation Mission, St. James, MO http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161117_1.html Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1029-saintjames.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ST. JAMES, MO [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Priest Joel Wilson and the faithful of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Mission here hosted their third annual fall retreat on Saturday, October 29, 2016.&nbsp; The retreat theme &mdash; "Monks Amongst Us" &mdash; was developed in two separate presentations by Hiermonk Alexii [Altschul] of Holy Archangel Michael and All Angels Skete, Weatherby, MO.&nbsp; Father Alexii related his journey into monasticism and spoke of the goal of monasticism and its significance in the life of every Christian.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161117_1.html Mission clergy, families meet in Des Moines, IA http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161114_1.html Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1112-desmoines.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DES MOINES, IA [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Mission clergy and their families from Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota gathered here on Saturday, November 12, 2016 for fellowship and the opportunity "exchange ideas and share best practices on outreach and exposure within our towns, all of which are small and in which they offer the only Orthodox Christian presence," according to Archpriest Bartholomew Wojcik, who organized the gathering.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161114_1.html Reproduction of Tikhvin Icon enshrined in Chicago's historic Holy Trinity Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161110_1.html Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1109-chicago1-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul and a number of clergy and faithful were present as a reproduction of the Wonderworking Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God was enshrined in Holy Trinity Cathedral here on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.&nbsp; The icon &mdash; brought from Russia by His Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin, who also was present &mdash; was to have been placed in the cathedral during the celebration of the feast of Saint John Kochurov on October 29-30.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161110_1.html Pan-Orthodox Thanksgiving Day Divine Liturgies announced for metropolitan Chicago area http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161108_4.html Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1124-desplaines-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Chicago-area faithful are warmly invited to attend the Pan-Orthodox Divine Liturgy that will be celebrated on Thursday, November 24, 2016 &mdash; Thanksgiving Day &mdash; at Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral [ROCOR], 1800 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL.&nbsp; The Liturgy, which will begin at 9:00 a.m., is being cosponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago and Orthodox Christian Synergy.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161108_4.html Sr. Vassa speaks at Oberlin College OCF http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161108_3.html Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1028-lorain.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>OBERLIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Sister Dr. Vassa [Larin], a nun of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and noted liturgiologist who teaches at the University of Vienna, Austria, made a stop in Northeast Ohio on Friday, October 28, 2016, during her recent tour of the United States.&nbsp; Sister Vassa is well known for her popular YouTube series of catechetical programs, "Coffee with Sister Vassa".</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161108_3.html Detroit pan-Orthodox Choir shares "Hymns of Praise" with community http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161108_1.html Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1023-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] &mdash; On Sunday evening, October 23, 2016, Orthodox and non-Orthodox music lovers alike gathered at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Detroit's historic Greektown to hear a beautiful free concert, "Orthodox Hymns of Praise," presented by the Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161108_1.html Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna to visit Detroit's Holy Trinity Church November 19-20 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161103_1.html Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-1129-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=79&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of Saint Anna, the Mother of the Virgin Mary, will visit Holy Trinity Church, 20500 Anglin St., Detroit, MI on Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20, 2016.&nbsp; The icon is enshrined at Saint Tikhon's Monastery, South Canaan, PA.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161103_1.html Bishop Paul visits MW students, families at St. Tikhon's Seminary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161102_1.html Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1024-southcanaan.jpg&archive=0&final_h=48&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago, visited Saint Tikhon's Seminary here during the last week of October 2016.&nbsp; During his visit, Bishop Paul met with students from the Diocese of the Midwest and sat in on several classes.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161102_1.html Celebration of the Feast of St. John Kochurov at Chicago's Holy Trinity Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161101_1.html Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1030-chicago2-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Feast of Saint John Kochurov was celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral on the last weekend of October 2016.&nbsp; His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, joined His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago in welcoming Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin, Russia, to the celebration.&nbsp; At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, an Icon of the Synaxis of Saints of Holy Trinity Cathedral was blessed and carried in procession around the cathedral.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161101_1.html Celebratory Thanksgiving Dinner to benefit Chicago's Martha and Mary Maternity House http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161027_1.html Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1110-elmhurst-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ELMHURST, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A celebratory Thanksgiving Dinner will be held for the benefit of the Martha and Mary Maternity House at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 893 Church Road, Elmhurst, IL on Thursday, November 10, 2016.&nbsp; Social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161027_1.html Banquet reservations still available for celebration of Feast of St. John of Chicago October 29-30 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161024_1.html Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; As previously announced, His Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin, Russia will join His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, Bishop Paul at Holy Trinity Cathedral here October 29-30, 2016 for the celebration of the Feast of Saint John [Kochurov] of Chicago.&nbsp; According to Archpriest John Adamcio, cathedral Dean, Bishop Mstislav will arrive at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, after which an Akathistos Hymn in honor of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God will be celebrated.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161024_1.html Minutes of 55th Diocesan Assembly now available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161020_4.html Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LANSING, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The 55th annual Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest was held at Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church and hall here Tuesday, October 11, 2016.&nbsp; Chaired by His Grace, Bishop Paul, the Assembly reviewed and passed revised Uniform Parish By-Laws conforming to the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161020_4.html Annunciation Mission, St. James, MO, announces third annual fall retreat October 29 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161020_3.html Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1029-saintjames.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SAINT JAMES, MO [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Mission here will be hosting its third annual fall retreat on Saturday, October 29, 2016.&nbsp; The retreat theme &mdash; "Monks Amongst Us" &mdash; will be developed in two separate presentations by Hiermonk Alexii [Altschul] of Holy Archangel Michael and All Angels Skete, Weatherby, MO.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161020_3.html Presentation on "Faith in Action" at Wayne State University October 20 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161020_2.html Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; "Faith in Action" will be the topic of a presentation and discussion by Archpriest Paul Albert in the Romanian Room of Manoogian Hall at Wayne State University here at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016.&nbsp; "Our hope is to connect with Orthodox Christian students and provide outreach to potential enquirers," said Father Paul, who serves Detroit's Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161020_2.html St. Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH to host program with Archpriest Alexander Rentel http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161020_1.html Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>OLMSTED FALLS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Dr. Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies at Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will offer a lecture at Saint Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 1:00 until 4:30 p.m.&nbsp; Father Alexander's topic will be "Beholding the Beauty of the Lord: The Liturgy of the Orthodox Church."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161020_1.html Bishop Paul visits Minneapolis' St. Mary's Cathedral, honors choir on 125th anniversary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161012_1.html Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-1001-minneapolis1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, 2016, His Grace, Bishop Paul visited Saint Mary's Cathedral here for the celebration of the parish's patronal feast day and the 125th anniversary of the cathedral choir.&nbsp; On Friday evening, the festal Vigil was celebrated.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161012_1.html In Memoriam: Protodeacon Alexis Washington http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161004_1.html Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>PHOENIX, AZ [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Protodeacon Alexis Washington, who was attached to Saints Peter and Paul Church here, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, October 2, 2016 following a lengthy battle with cancer.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161004_1.html Vacancy at Saint Nicholas Church, Joliet, IL announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161003_2.html Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A pastoral vacancy at Saint Nicholas Church, Joliet, IL was announced recently by Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, has declared the parish vacant effective October 1, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161003_2.html Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Church, Cincinnati to host autumn retreat October 21-22 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161003_1.html Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1021-cincinnati-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CINCINNATI, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Priest Andrew Stephen Damick, Pastor of Saint Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Emmaus, PA, will be the featured speaker at the autumn retreat sponsored by Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Church here Friday and Saturday, October 21-22, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_161003_1.html Metropolitan Detroit Orthodox Choir to present sixth annual benefit concert October 23 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160927_1.html Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit will perform its sixth annual benefit concert at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 707 E. Lafayette Blvd., in Detroit's Greektown district, on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.&nbsp; With the theme "Orthodox Hymns of Praise," the concert program will consist of hymns and liturgical songs from different Orthodox Christian traditions.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160927_1.html Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin to visit Holy Trinity Cathedral for Feast of St. John of Chicago October 29-30 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160926_3.html Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0704-tikhvin1-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin, Russia will join His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago at Holy Trinity Cathedral here October 29-30, 2016 for the celebration of the Feast of Saint John [Kochurov] of Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160926_3.html Konevets Quartet to present concert in Burr Ridge, IL October 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160926_2.html Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1001-burrridge-rev-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BURR RIDGE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Konevets Quartet &mdash; an internationally acclaimed Orthodox chamber ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia &mdash; will present a concert at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, 6980 County Line Road, Burr Ridge, IL at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016.&nbsp; The concert will immediately follow the celebration of Vespers.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160926_2.html Chicago's Martha and Mary Maternity House to host movie premiere benefit October 6 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160926_1.html Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1006-parkridge-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>NILES, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Martha and Mary Maternity House here will host the Chicago-area premiere of "Voiceless" at the Pickwick Theater, Five South Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016.&nbsp; The powerful and uplifting pro-life film encourages people to stand up for what they know is right, particularly as it pertains to taking God's truths into society to address social issues.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160926_1.html Dn. Jacob Van Sickle ordained to priesthood at Cleveland's St. Theodosius Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160921_2.html Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0911-cleveland.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul ordained Deacon Jacob Van Sickle to the Holy Priesthood at Saint Theodosius Cathedral here on Sunday, September 11, 2016.&nbsp; This year marks the cathedral's 120th anniversary.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160921_2.html Orthodox Detroit Outreach initiates 24/7 outdoor food pantry at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160921_1.html Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0912-detroit-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Inspired in part by the example of Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris, the patron saint of Orthodox Detroit Outreach ministries, a 24/7 outdoor food pantry has been established at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral here as a means of further expending the ministries' loving service to the parish's neighbors.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160921_1.html Webinar summarizing OCA Mission School to be held Tuesday, September 27 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_7.html Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Tuesday evening, September 27, 2016 the Diocese of the Midwest&rsquo;s Mission Committee will present a webinar summarizing the "Mission School" held by the Orthodox Church in America in 2015 and 2016.&nbsp; Priest Weir, Rector of Saint Stephen Church, Crawfordsville, IN and a participant in the 2015 Mission School, will be the primary presenter.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_7.html St. Andrew Church, Maple Heights, OH raises funds for area outreach http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_6.html Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0618-mapleheights-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Members of Saint Andrew Church here recently partnered with two local organizations &mdash; the Knights of Columbus and a boy scout troop &mdash; to host a fundraising dinner to aid local outreach programs and ministries.&nbsp; "We are working hard with two other organizations in the area to reach out to the needy in our local community," said Christine Hoover, Saint Andrew Parish Council President.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_6.html IOCC to sponsor Cleveland-area luncheon, fashion show and tea October 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_5.html Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] will host a high tea and fashion show at the Copper Stone Event Center, 4630 Ridge Road, Brooklyn, OH on Saturday, October 1, 2016.&nbsp; The event will feature fashions by Christopher and Banks and Sword Furs.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_5.html Third Annual St. Macrina Orthodox Institute Conference held in August http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_4.html Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0812-kansasville2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=57&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>KANSASVILLE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Midwest Diocese's Saint Macrina Orthodox Institute held its third annual diaconal and catechist conference at the new Saint Iakovos Retreat Center here August 12-13, 2016.&nbsp; The theme of this year&rsquo;s conference was "Diakonia and the Liturgy of Good Works in the World."</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_4.html "SOS!" September is "Support Our Seminarians" Month! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_3.html Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-sos-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Once again, September has been designated "Support Our Seminarians" Month in the Diocese of the Midwest as His Grace, Bishop Paul, calls upon the faithful to support the growing number of diocesan seminarians &mdash; many of whom are married with children.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_3.html St. Paul Church, Dayton, OH to host exhibit of antique, contemporary icons October 14-16 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_2.html Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DAYTON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Saint Paul Church here will host an icon exhibit &mdash; "Mary and the Saints: A Celebration of Eastern Orthodox Iconography" &mdash; Friday through Sunday, October 14-16, 2016.&nbsp; The exhibit will open with a reception from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at the church, which is located at 4451 Wagner Road, Dayton, OH.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_2.html Summit, IL faithful welcome neighbors at community picnic, block party http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_1.html Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0827-summit-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SUMMIT, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Saturday August 27, 2016, the faithful of Saint Panteleimon Church here held their Second Annual Community Picnic and their first-ever Block Party.&nbsp; "The purpose of the picnic is an outreach tool to the community to share the love of Jesus Christ and to welcome them to the Church," said Priest Andrew Bartek, Rector.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160911_1.html Archangel Michael Church to host Seventh Annual Fr. Vladimir Prislopsky Lecture September 24 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160831_1.html Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0924-broadviewheights-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=79&percent=100"><p>BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement at Saint Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA, will deliver the Seventh Annual Father Vladimir Prislopsky Lecture at Archangel Michael Church here on Saturday, September 24, 2016.&nbsp; The lecture and a light meal will follow the celebration of Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160831_1.html Fr. John Klembara honored on 60th Anniversary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160830_1.html Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0828-parma.jpg&archive=0&final_h=74&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PARMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Sunday, August 28, 2016, His Grace, Bishop Paul presented Archpriest John Klembara with a Synodal Gramota after the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH.&nbsp; Upon his retirement, Father John was named Pastor Emeritus of Saint Andrew Church, Maple Heights, OH.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160830_1.html North American Thebaid Photographic Pilgrimage Project begins 2-year expedition to photograph monasteries across USA and Canada http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160825_1.html Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0825-thebiad-home-rev.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CINCINNATI, OH [Thebaid.org] &mdash; After over a year and a half of development and planning, a unique creative endeavor is set to begin actual travel and photography with the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos on September 8, 2016.&nbsp; Director and photographer Ralph (Zosimas) Sidway reports that his plan for the Thebaid Project is to travel to Orthodox Christian monasteries across the USA and Canada over the next two years, creating fine art photographs of these holy places highlighting the worship, work, and life of the monks and nuns of the new "Thebaid" which is taking root here in North America.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160825_1.html Clergy wives' retreat to be held at Holy Domition Monastery October 7-9 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160822_1.html Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1007-rivesjunction-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>RIVES JUNCTION, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Holy Dormition Monastery here will be the site of the annual clergy wives' retreat Friday through Sunday, October 7-9, 2016.&nbsp; Priest Silviu Bunta of Saint George Cathedral, Toledo, OH will be the keynote speaker.&nbsp; His topic will be "Between Heaven and Earth, Joy and Despair: Personal Thoughts on the Priestly Family."</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160822_1.html Concert of 20th century liturgical music to be held in Chicago Sunday, September 4 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160818_1.html Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0904-chicago-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 North Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL will be the site of a concert of 20th century liturgical music &mdash; "Sing for Joy to God our Strength" &mdash; at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160818_1.html Chicago's Wright College to offer courses taught by diocesan priest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160810_1.html Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Wright College of the City Colleges of Chicago will offer 16-week courses in the Old and New Testaments, Introduction to Religious Studies, and Humanities taught by Archpriest Elijah Mueller of Saint Makarios Mission, Hyde Park/Chicago, this fall.&nbsp; The deadline for registration is August 22, 2016.&nbsp; To register contact Father Elijah at elijahnmueller@sbcglobal.net or 312-714-9775.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160810_1.html Chicago Pan-Orthodox Choir to host full-day Master Class for male voices October 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160809_1.html Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-1001-burrridge-rev-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BURR RIDGE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church here will be the site of a Master Class for male voices on Saturday, October 1, 2016.&nbsp; All Orthodox Christian singers, chanters, clergy and choir directors are invited to attend.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160809_1.html Chicago site of 90th FOCA national convention, first "youth council" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160803_3.html Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0722-chicago1-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications/FOCA] &mdash; Members and friends of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] from around the country gathered at the Loews Hotel in suburban Rosemont, IL to celebrate the organization's 90th annual national convention July 22-25, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160803_3.html Holy Trinity Church, St. Paul, MN celebrates 100th Anniversary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160803_2.html Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0718-saintpaul-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ST. PAUL, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Holy Trinity parish, Saint Paul, MN, celebrated its 100th anniversary the weekend of July 16 -17, 2016.&nbsp; The celebration opened with an unexpected blessing as before Vespers on Saturday, parishioner Mike Lotti presented the parish with a beautiful icon of the Mother of God from the Iviron Monastery on Mount Athos.&nbsp; In June, Mike and four pilgrims from Saint Mary's Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN, had traveled to Mount Athos, where they selected the icon as a gift to Holy Trinity Church in honor of its centennial celebration.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160803_2.html St. Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH to sponsor program with Dr. Albert Rossi http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160803_1.html Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>OLMSTED FALLS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Dr. Albert S. Rossi, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and resident clinical psychologist at Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will offer a presentation at Saint Innocent Church here from 1:00 until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 3, 2016.&nbsp; Great Vespers will follow at 5:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160803_1.html Bishop Paul guest of Russian Church for Feast of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160727_1.html Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0704-tikhvin1-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; From July 4 through 12, 2016, His Grace, Bishop Paul was among the guests of the Russian Orthodox Church who celebrated the Feast of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God in Tikhvin and St. Petersburg, Russia.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160727_1.html Vacancy at Saint Matthew Church, Green Bay, WI announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160726_1.html Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A pastoral vacancy at Saint Matthew Church, Green Bay, WI was announced recently by Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America.&nbsp; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, has declared the parish vacant effective September 1, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160726_1.html Register for 55th Diocesan Assembly by September 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160725_1.html Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LANSING, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; 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.&nbsp; Meetings and meals will be held in the parish Social Center &mdash; a beautiful, church-owned banquet facility.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160725_1.html Revised parish bylaws to be presented at October 2016 Diocesan Assembly http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160720_3.html Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; 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&rsquo;s &ldquo;Standard Parish Bylaws&rdquo; has completed its task, and that its draft will be presented at the forthcoming Diocesan Assembly in October 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160720_3.html Small Parish Forum attracts over 50 participants http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160720_1.html Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0714-canton.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CANTON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Fifty-four individuals representing parishes from five dioceses of the Orthodox Church in America, as well as the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, participated in the Small Parish Forum at Holy Assumption Church here July 14-16, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160720_1.html Phase 3 of background check program to focus on those who work with youth http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160719_1.html Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; 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 &mdash; the development of a parish/mission volunteer screening program to work with youth &mdash; is being initiated.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160719_1.html Diocesan priest among IOCC's emergency responders "on the ground" in West Virginia http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160718_3.html Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0713-iocc.jpg&archive=0&final_h=51&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; As torrential rain pummeled parts of West Virginia and threatened a new round of flooding, International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] remains on the ground providing emotional and spiritual care and deploying volunteer clean-up crews to the hard hit towns of Clendenin and Rainelle.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160718_3.html Bishop Paul visits St. Nicholas Church, Joliet, IL, honors Fr. John E. Kuchta http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160718_2.html Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0702-joliet.jpg&archive=0&final_h=35&final_w=89&percent=100"><p>JOLIET, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul joined the faithful of Saint Nicholas Church, Joliet, IL in honoring their beloved retired Pastor, Archpriest John Elias Kuchta, on the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on the Sunday of All Saints of North America, July 2-3, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160718_2.html Minneapolis site of international Pan-Orthodox Music symposium http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160718_1.html Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0623-minneapolis.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [ISOCM/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Participants from nearly every jurisdiction in North America attended the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium held at the Saint Mary&rsquo;s Cathedral here June 23-26, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160718_1.html Learning the "deeper lessons of life" in Southwest Detroit neighborhood http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160630_2.html Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0628-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=89&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; "It's not just about the meal, or even the guests," says an 80-year-old who regularly volunteers for Orthodox Detroit Outreach [ODO].&nbsp; "For those serving, young and old, this is &lsquo;school&rsquo; where we can learn the deeper lessons of life."&nbsp; And for him, and the many others who offer their time, talents and treasures through ODO's ministries in Southwest Detroit &mdash; a neighborhood hard hit over the past few decades &mdash; Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral has been "ground zero" for what the parish's Pastor, Archpriest Paul Albert, sees as an effort to proclaim "the fuller presence of the Gospel" in the inner city.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160630_2.html An Infant's Burial http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160622_1.html Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>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.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160622_1.html In Memoriam: Child Anna Trent http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160621_1.html Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DOWNERS GROVE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; 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.&nbsp; 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.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160621_1.html Minneapolis conference to explore future of Orthodox Church music http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160630_1.html Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0623-minneapolis1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [ISOCM] &mdash; Over 140 participants from 31 states and 5 countries are expected to arrive in the Twin Cities this week for the Society of Orthodox Church Music's [ISOCM] conference, slated to be held at Saint Mary's Cathedral here June 23-26, 2016.&nbsp; The conference will focus on the future of Orthodox Church music in North America and the English speaking world</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160630_1.html OCCHY welcomes Cook County Health Department reps http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160629_1.html Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0608-occhy.jpg&archive=0&final_h=85&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CICERO, IL [OCCHY-Chicago/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Officers of the Cook County Department of Public Health [CCDPH] were welcomed to the offices of the Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY] at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cicero, IL on June 8, 2016.&nbsp; "The purpose of our meeting was to advise and educate CCDPH representatives on what Hookah tobacco is and its smoking hazards," said Gordana Trbuhovich, OCCHY Program Director.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160629_1.html Third Annual St. Macrina Orthodox Institute Conference, "Diakonia and the Liturgy of Good Works in the World," to be held August 12-13 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160620_1.html Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>KANSASVILLE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; 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.&nbsp; The theme of this year's conference will be "Diakonia and the Liturgy of Good Works in the World."&nbsp; 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.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160620_1.html In Memoriam: Priest Justin Foster http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160614_2.html Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>BENTON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Priest Justin Foster, 73, fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.&nbsp; He was ordained into the priesthood by His Eminence, the late Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas at the South at Christ the Savior Cathedral, Miami, FL in 2002.&nbsp; He served parishes in the Diocese of the South and the Diocese of the Midwest, including Saint James Mission, Port St. Lucie, FL; Holy Apostles Church, Bloomington-Normal, IL and the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Church, Royalton, IL, from which he retired in 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160614_2.html Register now for FOCA Convention "Youth Council" July 22-25 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160614_1.html Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0722-foca2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ROSEMONT, IL [OCA-YOUTH] &mdash; Now is the time to register for the first "Youth Council" to be held at the 90th National Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] July 22-25, 2016.&nbsp; The deadline for hotel reservations at the convention site &mdash; Loews Chicago O&rsquo;Hare Hotel, 5300 North River Road, Rosemont, IL &mdash; is June 29.&nbsp; Reservations may be made by calling 877-868-9134 or on-line.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160614_1.html June 15 deadline for Small Parish Forum hotel reservations http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160613_1.html Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CANTON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; June 15 is the last day to take advantage of the discounted hotel rate for the third Small Parish Forum, slated to be held at Holy Assumption Church here July 14-16, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160613_1.html Bishop Paul issues letter to parish clergy concerning OCF's "First Forty Days Initiative" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160607_1.html Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0528-ocf-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=37&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- In a letter to all parish rectors and priests-in-charge dated June 7, 2016, His Grace, Bishop Paul requested active participation in the "First Forty Days Initiative," conducted annually by the national Orthodox Christian Fellowship.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160607_1.html In Memoriam: Monk Vladimir [Poszywak] http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160606_1.html Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LORAIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Riasaphor Monk Vladimir [Poszywak], 70, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, May 29, 2016 after a brief illness.&nbsp; Born in Lorain on December 5, 1945, the son of the late Walter J. and Katherine [Sarabacka] Poszywak, he retired as a certified machinist in 2000. Earlier he had been employed at US Steel Lorain Works and had served in the US Air Force. He was a 1996 graduate of the Saint Stephen Studies Program of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160606_1.html Bishop Paul visits Cincinatti's Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Church, ordains deacon http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_5.html Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0528-cincinatti-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CINCINNATI, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; &ldquo;The long-anticipated pastoral visit of His Grace, Bishop Paul, and the ordination to the diaconate of Paul Gansle, proved to be a wonderful experience for our parish community this past weekend,&rdquo; said Archpriest Steven Kostoff, Rector of Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Church here.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_5.html OCMC's Fr. Martin Ritsi to speak at St. Joseph Church, Wheaton, IL June 12 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_4.html Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>WHEATON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Paul, Father Martin Ritsi, Executive Director of the St. Augustine, FL based Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC], will concelebrate at the 9:30 Divine Liturgy at Saint Joseph Church, 412 Crescent Street, Wheaton, IL on Sunday, June 12, 2016.&nbsp; At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Father Martin will offer a presentation on OCMC's ministry around the world as it strives to bring the Gospel to those who otherwise may not have access to it.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_4.html Bishop Paul visits Holy Resurrection Church, Palatine, IL for patronal feast http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_3.html Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0515-palatine-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PALATINE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul visited Holy Resurrection Church here on May 15, 2016, the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Woman and the parish&rsquo;s patronal feast.&nbsp; The weekend celebration opened on Saturday evening as Bishop Paul attended Great Vespers, celebrated by Archpriest Alexander Kuchta, Rector.&nbsp; Following Vespers, Parish Council President Jason Wegh and his wife Sharon hosted a dinner for Bishop Paul and council members.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_3.html St. Andrew parish, Maple Heights, OH hosts pan-Orthodox benefit concert http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_2.html Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0522-mapleheights-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the faithful of Saint Andrew Church here hosted a pan-Orthodox Paschal benefit concert at which $4,500.00 was raised to assist Deacon Sergei Chebotar.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_2.html Holy Resurrection Church, Palatine, IL to host book signing June 12 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_1.html Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>PALATINE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Children&rsquo;s author Jane G. Meyer will meet guests and sign copies of her new book, <em>When God Made You,</em> at Holy Resurrection Church, 1449 North Quentin Road, Palatine, IL after the 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 12, 2016 for a book signing.&nbsp; Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160530_1.html In Memoriam: Archpriest Gregory Dye http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160517_1.html Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Gregory Dye, 84, who was attached to Holy Trinity Church here, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, May 13, 2016.&nbsp; Born Hubert M. Dye, Jr. in Wichita, KS on March 22, 1932, the son of Hubert and Marion (Dillenbeck) Dye, he married the former Barbara Adams in 1967.&nbsp; He graduated from the University of Kansas, where he served as President of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160517_1.html Register now for Third Small Parish Forum July 14-16 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160512_3.html Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0714-canton.jpg&archive=0&final_h=39&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CANTON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Registration is now open for the 2016 Small Parish Forum jointly sponsored by the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of the Midwest and the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania at Holy Assumption Church here July 14-16, 2016.&nbsp; "Titled 'The Small Parish: Possibilities and Opportunities,' the forum is open to clergy and laity interested in inspiring and motivating parishes with memberships of 75 or less to accept their calling to live a life in Christ without necessarily becoming 'big.'"</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160512_3.html St. Mary's Cathedral, Minneapolis hosts seventh annual St. Alexis Lecture http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160512_2.html Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0506-minneapolis.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Professor Scott Kenworthy, Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University, Oxford, OH, was the guest speaker at the Twin Cities' Seventh Annual Saint Alexis (Toth) Lecture at Saint Mary's Cathedral here May 6, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160512_2.html Fr. Stephen Freeman to speak at St. Mark Church, Rochester Hills, MI June 2-3 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160512_1.html Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>ROCHESTER HILLS, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Stephen Freeman, Rector of Saint Anne Church, Oak Ridge, TN whose weblog "Glory to God for All Things" has quickly become one of the most widely read Orthodox internet sites, will offer two presentations at Saint Mark Church, 400 West Hamlin Rd., Rochester Hills, MI on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, 2016.&nbsp; According to Archpriest Andrew Yavornitzky, host Pastor, both presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. and are open to the public.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160512_1.html Holy Resurrection Church, Palatine, IL to host Uganda Children's Fund founders http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160510_1.html Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>PALATINE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Alexander Kuchta and the faithful of Holy Resurrection Church invite Chicago-area faithful to attend a presentation by Peter and Sharon Georges of the Saint Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund after the 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 22, 2016.&nbsp; The church is located at 1449 North Quentin, Palatine, IL.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160510_1.html PASCHAL MESSAGE OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP PAUL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160427_1.html Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/pascha.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><em>Something strange is happening&mdash;there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness.&nbsp; The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.&nbsp; The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and He has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began.&nbsp; God has died in the flesh and Hell trembles with fear.&nbsp; He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep.&nbsp; Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, He has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, He Who is both God and the Son of Eve.&nbsp; The Lord approached them bearing the Cross, the weapon that had won Him the victory.</em></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160427_1.html Detroit's COCC to sponsor post-Pascha Dinner Dance May 15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160426_1.html Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] &mdash; The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its annual Spring Dinner Dance to benefit retired Orthodox priests and priests' widows at the banquet hall of Saint Michael the Archangel Church, 26375 West Chicago Road, Redford, MI on Sunday, May 15, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160426_1.html Marriage, Family Life themes of 2016 MW Diocese Clergy Convocation http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160419_1.html Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Very Rev. Dr. Harry and Presbytera Kerry Pappas will be the guest speakers at the annual Clergy Convocation of the Diocese of the Midwest at the Carmelite Retreat Center, Darien, IL, May 16-18, 2016.&nbsp; Their topic will be "The Human Icon: Marriage and Family Life in the Church," especially as it relates to clergy and their wives and families.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160419_1.html Chicago's St. George Cathedral to celebrate patronal feast May 5-6 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160418_2.html Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0505-woodstreet.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archimandrite Vladimir [Wendling] and the faithful of Saint George Cathedral here invite clergy and faithful from throughout the Chicago area to join them as they celebrate their patronal feast honoring the Great Martyr George on May 5-6, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160418_2.html First "Youth Council" to be held during FOCA Convention in Chicago July 22-25 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160418_1.html Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0722-foca.jpg&archive=0&final_h=74&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Orthodox Church in America's Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries joins its partners, the Diocese of the Midwest and the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA], in announcing the first OCA "Youth Council," slated to take place during the FOCA's 90th Convention here July 22-25, 2016.&nbsp; Youth of all ages are invited to gather for fellowship, outings, and working with our hierarchs and Church leaders to "expand the mission" of the Church.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160418_1.html Bishop Paul delivers homily at Chicago Sunday of Orthodoxy celebration http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160413_1.html Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0320-elmhurst.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ELMHURST, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul, delivered the homily at the Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers celebration sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Great Chicago at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church here on Sunday, March 20, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160413_1.html Powerpoint presentation now available from Diocesan Stewardship Group http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160411_3.html Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Paul, a Powerpoint presentation prepared by the Diocesan Stewardship Group, in which data obtained from the parishes of the Diocese of the Midwest is analyzed, is being sent to all clergy.&nbsp; The presentation also is available on the diocesan web site <a href="/files/DOCUMENTS/stewardship/presentation-of-data-submitted.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160411_3.html Abbot Sergius of St. Tikhon's Monastery conducts retreat in Ash Grove, MO http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160411_2.html Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0326-ashgrove1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ASH GROVE, MO [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On the weekend of March 26-27, 2016, Archpriest Moses Berry and the faithful of the Theotokos Unexpected Joy Church here welcomed Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon's Monastery, South Canaan, PA, who conducted a retreat for faithful throughout the region.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160411_2.html Annual St. Alexis Lecture at Minneapolis' St. Mary Cathedral to highlight ministry of St. Tikhon http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160411_1.html Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Seventh Annual Saint Alexis Lecture will be held at Saint Mary Cathedral here following Paschal Vespers on Bright Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160411_1.html Pan-Orthodox Akathistos services to be held in Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160407_1.html Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago will sponsor two Akathistos services on the evening of Tuesday, April 19, 2016.&nbsp; Both services will begin at 7:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160407_1.html Vacancy at Saint Peter the Aleut Church, Minot, ND, Announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160330_1.html Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0330-minot-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A pastoral vacancy at Saint Peter the Aleut Church, Minot, ND was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160330_1.html St. Makarios Mission, U of C OCF announce April 9 conference, Vespers http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160405_3.html Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0409-chicago-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communication] &mdash; "The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East" will be the focus of a religious minorities conference at Swift Lecture Hall, Third floor of the Divinity School, 1025 East 58 Street, Chicago IL on Saturday, April 9, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160405_3.html Dr. David Ford to offer presentation on Marriage April 16 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160405_2.html Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History at Saint Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA will offer a presentation titled "Marriage as a Path to Holiness" at Archangel Michael Church, 5025 East Mill Road, Broadview Heights, OH fron 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160405_2.html "Orthodoxy the Ancient Faith Series" offered in St. Cloud, MN http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160405_1.html Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>ST. CLOUD, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Nathan Kroll and the faithful of Holy Myrrhbearers Chapel here will be hosting their "Orthodoxy the Ancient Faith Series" during April and May 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160405_1.html Chicago Deanery announces Sunday evening Lenten Vespers schedule http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160323_3.html Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/chicago-deanery.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Thomas Mueller, Dean of the Chicago Deanery, recently announced the deanery's schedule of Sunday evening Lenten Vespers and homilists.&nbsp; All services are slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.&nbsp; Lenten fellowship will follow each service.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160323_3.html Detroit's Council of Orthodox Christian Churches to sponsor Sunday Lenten Vespers http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160323_2.html Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] recently announced its schedule of Sunday evening pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers services.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160323_2.html Holy Trinity Cathedral to hold deanery-wide Church School lenten retreat http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160323_1.html Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [HT Cathedral] &mdash; The Church School of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, will be holding a lenten retreat for children on Saturday, April 9, 2016.&nbsp; All parishes throughout the Chicago region are invited to participate.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160323_1.html Bishop Paul visits Archangel Michael Church, Burbank, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160320_1.html Sun, 20 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0316-burbank1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BURBANK, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Wednesday evening, March 16, 2016, His Grace, Bishop Paul received a warm welcome from Priest Gregory Bruner and the faithful of Archangel Michael Church here as he celebrated the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160320_1.html Bishop Paul presents $31K check to OCMC to buy motorbikes for Kenyan clergy http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160315_1.html Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0310-kenya.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DES PLAINES, IL [OCA] &mdash; At a pre-lenten Mission Team Chicago dinner at Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church here on Thursday, March 10, 2016, His Grace, Bishop Paul presented a check for $31,128.50 to Priest Martin Ritsi, Executive Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC], representing donations from parishes, families and individuals of the Diocese of the Midwest to purchase motorbikes for clergy ministering in Kenya.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160315_1.html 90th FOCA Convention to be held in Chicago July 22-25, 2016 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160310_2.html Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [FOCA Communications] &mdash; The 90th Annual Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] will be held at Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel in suburban Rosemont July 22-25, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160310_2.html Five bishops bless new ZOE House in Parma, OH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160310_1.html Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0304-zoe.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PARMA, OH [ZOE for Life] &mdash; Five Orthodox hierarchs blessed ZOE for Life's new ZOE House at 5454 State Road, Parma, OH during its open house on Friday, March 4, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160310_1.html Second Liturgical Practicum to be held at Chicago's Holy Trinity Cathedral March 12 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160306_2.html Sun, 06 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The second in a series of Diaconal/Subdiaconal Liturgical Practicums will be held at Holy Trinity Cathedral here on Saturday, March 12, 2016.&nbsp; The sessions, at which His Grace, Bishop Paul will be present, will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160306_2.html Bishop Paul, STOTS choir, visit St. John Church, Campbell, OH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160306_1.html Sun, 06 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2016-0214-campbell1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CAMPBELL, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Andrew D. Nelko and the faithful of Saint John the Baptist Church here welcomed His Grace, Bishop Paul during his archpastoral visit on the weekend of February 12-14, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160306_1.html In Memoriam: Stephen J. Platko http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160304_1.html Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>JOLIET, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Stephen J. Platko, longtime choir director at Saint Nicholas Church here, fell asleep in the Lord suddenly on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160304_1.html Canton, OH site of Third Small Parish Forum July 14-16 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160218_2.html Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/FORUM.jpg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=30"><p>CANTON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Diocese of the Midwest and the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania recently announced that the third annual Small Parish Forum will be held at Holy Assumption Church, Canton, OH <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_349162731"><span class="aQJ">July 14-16, 2016</span></span>.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160218_2.html Five bishops to bless Parma, OH's ZOE House March 4 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160218_1.html Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/ZOE.jpg&archive=0&final_h=51&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">PARMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will be one of five hierarchs who will bless the new ZOE House of ZOE </span><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">for Life in Parma's original post office at 5454 State Road during its open house on </span><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_349162715"><span class="aQJ">Friday, March 4, 2016</span></span>.&nbsp; The open house will begin at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_349162716"><span class="aQJ">6:30 p.m.</span></span> with the blessing slated to take place at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_349162717"><span class="aQJ">7:00 p.m.</span></span></span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160218_1.html Metropolitan Kallistos to lecture in Chicago March 5 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160217_1.html Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/WARE.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=90"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia will lecture on "The Unchanging Gospel in an Ever-Changing Culture" at North Park University's Anderson Chapel on <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_349162697"><span class="aQJ">Saturday, March 5, 2016</span></span>.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160217_1.html Fr. Moses Berry keynote speaker at MLK Day celebration http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160217_3.html Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/BERRY.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>FT. LEONARD WOOD, MO [MW Diocese Communications] -- Archpriest Moses Berry, Rector of the Theotokos "Unexpected Joy" Mission, Ash Grove, MO, delivered the keynote address at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance and luncheon at the Pershing Community Center at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in mid-January 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160217_3.html Archpriest Alexis W. Fedec celebrates 50th Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160217_2.html Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/AWF1.JPG&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=72&percent=100"><p>KENOSHA, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Archpriest Alexis W. Fedec, retired&nbsp;Rector of Saint Nicholas Church here,&nbsp;will mark the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160217_2.html In Memoriam: Jean M. Mueller http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160209_2.html Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>MILWAUKEE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Jean M. Mueller [nee Lamboy], beloved mother of Archpriest Thomas Mueller, Dean of the Chicago Deanery and Rector of Saints Cyril and Methodius Church here and dear grandmother of Priest Elijah Mueller, Rector of Saint Makarios the Great Mission, Hyde Park-Chicago, IL, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the age of 101.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160209_2.html In Memoriam: Matushka Anna Labun http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160209_1.html Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications]&mdash; Matushka Anna Labun, 92, wife of the late Archpriest Jan Labun, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, February 8, 2016.&nbsp; A devoted member of Christ the Savior Church, Chicago, Matushka Anna is survived by three sons &mdash; Jan [Patricia], Vladimir [Carol], and Nicholas [Susan] &mdash; and seven grandchildren.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160209_1.html Fundraiser to provide motorbikes for Kenyan clergy reaches 225% of goal! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160201_1.html Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The fund drive to purchase motorbikes for Orthodox Christian clergy in Kenya, sponsored by the Diocese of the Midwest in partnership with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC], realized donations of $22,538.00 &mdash; 225% of the initial $10,000.00 goal &mdash; through the end of January 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160201_1.html Fr. Chad Hatfield to speak at Mission Team Chicago's March 10 benefit dinner http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160126_1.html Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DES PLAINES, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor/CEO of and Professor of Missiology at Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will be the guest speaker at the annual benefit dinner for Mission Team Chicago at Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2350 East Dempster Street, Des Plaines, IL on Thursday, March 10, 2016.&nbsp; Doors open at 6:30 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160126_1.html Thousands march for life in Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160125_1.html Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2016/2016-0117-chicago3-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; "The third annual March for Life Chicago was a huge success," said Priest Andrew Bartek, March for Life Board member and Spiritual Director of Orthodox Christians for Life Chicago, "despite the brutal cold temperatures that hit the Chicago area."&nbsp; An estimated 5,000 marchers &mdash; up from 4,000 in 2015 &mdash; turned out for the event on Sunday, January 17, 2016, despite the minus-20 degree wind-chill.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160125_1.html In Memoriam: Joshua Zdinak http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160123_1.html Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; It is with hope in the Resurrection that we announce that Joshua Zdinak, 35, beloved son of Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest and Dean of Saint Theodosius Cathedral here, and Matushka Cynthia [Trivanovich] Zdinak, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday evening, January 20, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160123_1.html Minneapolis Cathedral to host June 2016 International Music Symposium http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160120_1.html Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0626-minneapolis-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [ISOCM/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The International Society for Orthodox Church Music [ISOCM] will host a pan-Orthodox Music Symposium at Saint Mary's Cathedral here from Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26, 2016.&nbsp; The event will include presentations and workshops, music reading sessions, and rehearsals and will culminate in a festive hierarchical All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy.&nbsp; The event will also feature a special concert by the critically acclaimed vocal ensemble Cappella Romana.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160120_1.html Subdeacon John Kennerk ordained to the Diaconate http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160114_2.html Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0110-lasalle4-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Subdeacon John Kennerk was ordained to the Diaconate by His Grace, Bishop Paul during the Divine Liturgy celebrated at Christ the Savior Church here on Sunday, January 10, 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160114_2.html "ZOE for Life!" conducts first training program for volunteers http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160114_3.html Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/2016-0114-cleveland.jpg&archive=0&final_h=68&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [ZOE] &mdash; "ZOE for Life!" recently conducted its first training program for volunteers at Archangel Michael Church, Broadview Heights, OH.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160114_3.html Bishop Paul expresses gratitude for 2015 "Support Our Seminarians" Appeal http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160114_1.html Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul wishes to express his deepest gratitude for the generous response of the parishes and faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest to the 2015 "Support Our Seminarians" Appeal initiated on "SOS Sunday," September 27.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_160114_1.html In Memoriam: The 15th Anniversary of the Repose of Bishop Boris http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151229_1.html Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1230-bishopboris-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Wednesday, December 30, 2015 marks the 15th Anniversary of the repose of His Grace, Bishop Boris of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151229_1.html ZOE for Life! to sponsor 'Akathist for the Unborn' January 17 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151228_1.html Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>NORTH ROYALTON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; "ZOE for Life!" will sponsor a pan-Orthodox "Akathist for the Unborn" at Saint Matthew the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10383 Albion Road, North Royalton, OH at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2016.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151228_1.html Holy Theophany Chapel, Williams Bay, WI to celebrate patronal feast day January 8-9 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151222_1.html Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0111-williamsbay.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>WILLIAMS BAY, WI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The community of Holy Theophany Chapel​ here will observe its annual patronal feast day celebration on Friday and Saturday, January 8-9, 2016, according to Priest John Jones.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151222_1.html 2015 NATIVITY MESSAGE OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP PAUL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151221_2.html Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2011/2011-1225-nativity.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=63&percent=100"><p>Beloved Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest:</p> <p>Christ is Born &mdash; Glorify Him!</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151221_2.html SS. Peter and Paul Church, Burr Ridge, IL initiates search for choir director http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151221_1.html Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-1215-burrridge.jpg&archive=0&final_h=65&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BURR RIDGE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Saints Peter and Paul Church here has opened a search for a choir director, who would begin his or her ministry at the beginning of 2016.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151221_1.html In Memoriam: The Sixth Anniversary of the Repose of Archbishop Job http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151218_1.html Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1218-archbishopjob.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Friday, December 18, 2015, marks the sixth anniversary of the repose of His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151218_1.html Bishop Paul to offer opening prayer, remarks at January 17 Chicago March for Life http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151217_1.html Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2016-0117-marchforlife-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Priest Andrew Bartek, Rector of Saint Panteleimon Church, Summit; member of the Chicago March for Life board; and Spiritual Advisor to Orthodox Christians for Life, recently announced that His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will deliver the opening prayer and offer remarks at the annual March for Life Chicago on Sunday, January 17, 2016.&nbsp; The March will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Federal Plaza, 50 West Adams, Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151217_1.html Summit, IL's St. Panteleimon parish to host free Christmas Day dinner for area needy http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151214_1.html Sat, 12 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>SUMMIT, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; "It does not matter if one is homeless or lonely or has family who are far away, all are welcome to join us for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings on December 25 &mdash; Christmas Day," said Priest Andrew Bartek, Rector of Saint Panteleimon here.&nbsp; "Summitt Village Trustee and Venetian Gardens restaurant owner Sam Dardovski is generously sponsoring and providing the entire meal, and our doors will be open to all Summit Village persons, regardless of life situation.&nbsp; Those who have nothing can come for a delicious festal meal and a hot cup of coffee in a warm place."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151214_1.html Fr. Andrew Bartek appointed Summit, IL Fire Chaplain http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151207_1.html Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>SUMMIT, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Summit, IL Village Board officially voted Priest Andrew Bartek, Rector of Saint Panteleimon Church here, as their Fire Chaplain on November 16, 2015.&nbsp; The following day, Fire Chief Wayne Hanson presented Father Andrew with a gold badge.&nbsp; In addition to providing counseling to fire fighters when needed and requested, he may be asked to accompany the firefighters or EMS personnel on calls and to serve in other capacities when asked to do so.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151207_1.html Bishop Paul makes archpastoral visit to Minneapolis' St. Mary's Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151206_2.html Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1121-minneapolis4.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest paid an archpastoral visit to Saint Mary's Cathedral here November 19 - 22, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151206_2.html Archpriest Vladimir and Matushka Virginia Lecko honored at Minneapolis' St. Mary Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151206_1.html Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1121-minneapolis1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Retired Archpriest Vladimir and Matushka Virginia Lecko were honored at Saint Mary's Cathedral here on the weekend of November 21 - 22, 2015.&nbsp; His Grace, Bishop Paul presented the Leckos with a Synodal gramota, noting Father Vladimir's many years of exemplary pastoral ministry.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151206_1.html Detroit area churches to sponsor Christmas benefit concert December 13 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151125_1.html Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor "Christ is Born! Glorify Him! A Detroit Orthodox Christmas Concert" on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 36375 Joy Road, Westland, MI.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151125_1.html Chicago's Christ the Savior Church site of December 5 workshop on reader, choir preparation http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151120_1.html Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-1205-typikon.jpg&archive=0&final_h=66&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A workshop on reader and choir preparation will be offered at Christ the Savior Church, 927 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015.&nbsp; All interested Chicago-area faithful are cordially invited to attend.,/p&gt;</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151120_1.html Chicago-area Pan-Orthodox Thanksgiving Day Liturgy announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151118_3.html Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The annual Pan-Orthodox Thanksgiving Day Divine Liturgy for faithful throughout the Chicago region will be celebrated Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 1800 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL at 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day &mdash; Thursday, November 25, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151118_3.html Bishop Paul visits SS. Peter and Paul Church, Lakewood, OH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151118_2.html Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1108-lakewood.jpg&archive=0&final_h=61&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LAKEWOOD, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Archpriest Yves Babich and the faithful of Saints Peter and Paul Church here welcomed His Grace, Bishop Paul on the weekend of November 7-8, 2015 as he made his first archpastoral visit to the parish.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151118_2.html Bishop Paul visits St. Stephen Church, Crawfordsville, IN http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151118_1.html Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1010-crawfordsville-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; His Grace, Bishop Paul, was warmly welcomed by Priest Joel Weir and the faithful of Saint Stephen the First Martyr Church here as he made his first archpastoral visit to the parish on the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151118_1.html MW Diocese, OCMC partner to raise funds to provide Kenyan clergy with motorbikes http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151111_1.html Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1115-kenya1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Paul, the faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest will partner with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC] during the Nativity Fast, which begins November 15, 2015, to raise funds to purchase motorbikes to help Kenya's Orthodox Christian clergy "make their rounds."</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151111_1.html ZOE for Life! to conduct first volunteer training program in Cleveland December 5 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151110_2.html Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; ZOE for Life! will conduct its first training program for volunteers at Archangel Michael Church, 5025 Mill Road, Broadview Heights, OH from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151110_2.html Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna to visit Detroit's Holy Trinity Church November 28 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151110_1.html Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-1129-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=79&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of Saint Anna, the Mother of the Virgin Mary, which is enshrined at Saint Tikhon's Monastery, South Canaan, PA will visit Holy Trinity Church, 20500 Anglin Street, Detroit, MI, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day &mdash; November 28, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151110_1.html Chicago's Christ the Savior Church seeks choir director http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151106_2.html Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0411-lasalle.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Christ the Savior Church &mdash; a young and vibrant parish home in the heart of the city of Chicago &mdash; is seeking the services of a choir director.&nbsp; "We strive for a serious liturgical schedule and continual growth through receiving new converts and welcoming people who move here from all over&hellip;"</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151106_2.html Bishop Paul celebrates name's day November 6 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151106_1.html Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/bishop-paul.jpg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; On Friday, November 6, 2015, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest celebrates his name's day &mdash; the Feast of Saint Paul the Confessor, Archbishop of Constantinople.&nbsp; As faithful members of his flock, we wish His Grace every joy and blessing on this occasion, and pray that God will continue to grant him many years of faithful ministry as Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151106_1.html Register for November 3 webinar on the Ministry of the Parish Council http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151102_1.html Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-1103-webinar.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PITTSBURGH, PA [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. EST, the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America will offer the first in a series of free webinars devoted to the ministry of the parish council.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151102_1.html Condolences received on the repose of Archpriest Sergei Garklavs http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151029_1.html Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> A number of condolences were received upon the repose of Archpriest Sergei Garklavs, Dean Emeritus of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, who fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, October 19, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151029_1.html Clergy and their wives invited to participate in special November 4 webinar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151028_1.html Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>SYOSSET, NY [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> A special invitation is being extended to all clergy and their wives of the Orthodox Church in America to participate in a webinar titled "Health-Joy-Progress: Reflections on the Priest and the Presvytera" at 1:00 p.m. [EST] on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151028_1.html Bishop Paul presides at 100th Anniversary of Protection Church, Royalton, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151026_2.html Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0816-royalton.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ROYALTON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Paul presided at the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Church here August 15-16, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151026_2.html OCCHY-Greater Chicago names Assistant for Youth Programs http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151026_1.html Sun, 25 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-1025-koranda-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [OCCHY] <em>--</em> On September 1, 2015, Deacon Alexander Koranda, MDiv., a recent graduate of Saint Tikhon's Seminary, South Caanan, PA, joined Greater Chicago's Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth as Coalition Assistant for Youth Programs.&nbsp; Under OCCHY's director, Father Nicholas Dahdal and Project Coordinator, Gordana Trbuhovich, Deacon Alexander will be working with local clergy and parish youth leaders to organize programs and events for raising substance prevention and awareness among teens and adolescents.&nbsp; He will also recruit teens to join the OCCHY Youth Sector and establish a Youth Advisory Committee from representatives of all local Orthodox jurisdictions as well as reach out to Orthodox college students to participate in various OCCHY volunteer efforts.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151026_1.html Chicago's Saint George Cathedral celebrates Centennial October 24-25 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151021_1.html Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1025-woodstreet.jpg&archive=0&final_h=61&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Archimandrite Vladimir [Wendling] and the faithful of Chicago's historic Saint George Cathedral will welcome His Grace, Bishop Paul on Sunday, October 25, 2015, as he presides at the Divine Liturgy marking the community's 100th Anniversary.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151021_1.html In Memoriam: Archpriest Sergei Garklavs http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151019_1.html Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-1019-garklavs-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Funeral services for the newly departed Archpriest Sergei Garklavs, Dean Emeritus of Holy Trinity Cathedral here, who fell asleep in the Lord unexpectedly on Monday, October 19, 2015, have been announced.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151019_1.html Chicago's Martha and Mary Maternity House to celebrate opening November 10 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151012_1.html Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-1110-marthaandmary.jpg&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DES PLAINES, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2350 East Dempster St., Des Plaines, IL will be the site of a celebratory fundraising dinner marking the grand opening of the Martha and Mary Maternity House on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151012_1.html In Memoriam: Gene Adamczyk http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151009_1.html Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHESTERTON, IN [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Gene Adamczyk, 79, long-time choir director at Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr Church here, fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the VNA Hospice Center, Valparaiso, IN.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151009_1.html Midwest IOCC Conferences give Orthodox teens fresh outlook on philanthropy http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151008_4.html Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0810-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] <em>--</em> It was not summer as usual for some 50 Orthodox Christian high school students.&nbsp; They came together in Minneapolis and Chicago from nearly 30 different dioceses under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States of America to experience Serve-X-Treme, a program focused on strengthening their understanding of Orthodox philanthropy and putting it into practice.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151008_4.html Second Annual St. Macrina Conference a Success http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151008_3.html Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0807-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Second Annual Saint Macrina Conference took place August 7-8, 2015 at Saint Andrew's House here.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151008_3.html New Biblical Studies and other classes offered by St. Macrina Institute http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151008_1.html Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0928-vocations-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=65&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> New courses in the Old Testament will be starting soon in the Detroit Deanery and in an on-line class for diocesan students without a larger local cohort of students.&nbsp; The courses are being offered by the Diocese of the Midwest's Saint Macrina Institute.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151008_1.html Talk on Middle Eastern Christianity given in Milwaukee Area, October 31 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150928_1.html Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150928_1.html Holy Trinity Cathedral site of Liturgical Practicum October 10 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151008_2.html Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-1010-chicago-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On October 10, 2015, Holy Trinity Cathedral here will be the site of a Liturgical Practicum for deacons and subdeacons focusing on elements of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151008_2.html First annual vineyard blessing celebrated in Lawrence, KS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150917_1.html Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0903-lawrence.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LAWRENCE, KS [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On Saturday, September 5, 2015, members of Saint Nicholas Church here traveled to a nearby winery for the celebration of their first annual vineyard blessing and harvest day.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150917_1.html Chicago's Wright College to offer Old and New Testament classes taught by diocesan priest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150916_3.html Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Wright College of the City Colleges of Chicago will offer 12-week courses in the Old and New Testaments taught by Priest Elijah Mueller of Saint Makarios Mission, Hyde Park/Chicago, beginning September 25, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150916_3.html Detroit's Holy Trinity Church to celebrate centennial October 3-4 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150916_1.html Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will join Archpriest Lev Kopistiansky and the faithful of Holy Trinity Church here for the celebration of their parish's centennial October 3-4, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150916_1.html UPDATED Chicago area youth invited to participate in dialogue with Assembly of Bishops September 15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150804_2.html Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In conjunction with the sixth annual meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel here September 15-17, 2015, a pan-Orthodox youth gathering, during which area high school and college students will engage in a dialogue with a panel of Assembly hierarchs, will be held.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150804_2.html "SOS!" September is "Support Our Seminarians" Month! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150831_1.html Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-sos-stots.jpg&archive=0&final_h=56&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a letter dated September 1, 2015, His Grace, Bishop Paul, calls upon the faithful to rally in support of the growing number of diocesan seminarians <em>--</em> many of whom are married with children <em>--</em> during the month of September, which every year is designated by our Diocesan Council as "Support Our Seminarians Month."</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150831_1.html Iconography blessed at Chicago's Christ the Savior Church http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150830_2.html Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0816-csc.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communication] <em>--</em> On Sunday, August 16, 2015, a large "pan-Orthodox" crowd of faithful filled Christ the Savior Church here to celebrate the blessing of the temple's recently completed interior iconography.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150830_2.html Church School and Sisterhood Combine Efforts to End Childhood Hunger in Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150830_1.html Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Church School and Saints Martha and Mary Sisterhood of Holy Trinity Cathedral here will host a bake sale to benefit "No Kid Hungry" on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 30, from noon until 3:00 p.m.&nbsp; There will be treats for people and pets alike.&nbsp; All proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to <a href="http://nokidhungry.org/"><strong>No Kid Hungry</strong></a> to help end childhood hunger.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150830_1.html Annual Parish Reports due September 15 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150824_1.html Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a memo signed by Philip Sokolov of the Diocese of the Midwest Chancery dated August 19, 2015, all parish rectors and priests-in-charge were asked to submit their Annual Parish Reports no later than September 15.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150824_1.html Applications for Parish Development Grants now being accepted http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150824_2.html Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Applications are now being accepted by the Department of Mission and Parish Development of the Diocese of the Midwest for Parish Development Grants for the coming year.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150824_2.html OCCHY-Chicago to spearhead National Red Ribbon Week October 23-31 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150820_1.html Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-1023-occhy.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Chicago's Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY] recently announced that it will spearhead the National Red Ribbon Week youth campaign, aimed at raising awareness against the use of drugs and related substances, October 23-31, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150820_1.html Documents clarifying Policies, Standards and Procedures related to sexual misconduct allegations released http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150817_1.html Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a letter from His Grace, Bishop Paul, addressed to all rectors and priests-in-charge of parishes in the Diocese of the Midwest and dated August 13, 2015, it was announced that "in response to questions and concerns which were raised at our recent Clergy Convocation, the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations has created, and the Holy Synod has blessed, new documents which provide clarification and consolidation of the Policies, Standards and Procedures."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150817_1.html Chicago's Christ the Savior Church announces blessing of completed iconography http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150814_1.html Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0815-chicago-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Priest John Baker and the faithful of Christ the Savior Church, 927 North LaSalle Blvd., Chicago extend an invitation to area faithful to join them as they celebrate the blessing of their temple's interior iconography on the weekend of August 15-16, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150814_1.html UPDATED In Memoriam: Archpriest Thomas Succarotte http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150808_1.html Sat, 08 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>COLLINSVILLE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Archpriest Thomas Succarotte, who was attached in retirement to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, Madison, IL, feel asleep in the Lord on Saturday, August 8, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150808_1.html IOCC youth leadership conference to open in Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150810_3.html Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL [IOCC] <em>--</em> International Orthodox Christian Charities is sponsoring its "Serv-X-treme" youth leadership conference at the Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, IL August 10-14, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150810_3.html Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green to speak at clergy wives' retreat October 9-11 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150810_2.html Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-1009-rivesjunction-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>RIVES JUNCTION, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green will be the guest speaker at the 28th annual Midwest Clergy Wives' Retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery here October 9-11, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150810_2.html Clergy and their wives invited to participate in special August 7 webinar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150804_3.html Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0807-webinar-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> A special invitation has been extended to all clergy and their wives of the Diocese of the Midwest to participate in a special webinar titled "Passion-Bearing Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Health and Marriage" at 1:30 p.m. [EST] on Friday, August 7, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150804_3.html Chicago-area faithful minister at Native American Indian Reservations http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150810_1.html Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0710-paloshills.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PALOS HILLS, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> From July 10 through 17, 2015, Archpriest Andrew Harrison accompanied adult and youth parishioners from Saint Luke Church here Navajo Reservations in Gallup and Thoreau, NM, where they offered a variety of social support services and engaged in building projects.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150810_1.html Bishop Paul reflects on the 18th All-American Council http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150804_1.html Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a reflection titled "My First All-American Council as a Bishop," His Grace, Bishop Paul, reflected on his experience at the Church-wide gathering in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150804_1.html AAC video highlights life of the Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150730_2.html Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>ATLANTA, GA [MW Diocese Communicatons] <em>--</em> Prior to the 18<sup>th</sup> All-American Councils of the Orthodox Church in America, every diocese had been asked to produce a video highlighting its work and the ministries being pursued in their parishes.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150730_2.html Chicago's Holy Trinity Cathedral seeks vendors for Arts and Crafts Fair http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150730_1.html Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0926-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Calling all crafters!&nbsp; Holy Trinity Cathedral here is seeking artisans, bakers and other vendors to participate in its annual Arts and Crafts Fair in the cathedral parking lot at 1121 North Leavitt Street on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150730_1.html July 2015 Diocesan Assembly minutes now available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150727_1.html Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Minutes of the 54<sup>th</sup> Diocesan Assembly, held in Atlanta, GA on Monday, July 20, 2015, are now available on the Midwest Diocese&rsquo;s web site, <a href="/files/55th_ASSEMBLY/2015-assembly-minutes.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150727_1.html Bishop Paul endorses Chicago's Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150717_1.html Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> During the second week of July 2015, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest added his name to the list of Midwest Hierarchs of other jurisdictions in endorsing the work of Chicago's Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY].</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150717_1.html In Memoriam: Matushka Margaret Neff http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150715_1.html Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Matushka Margaret Neff, 73, wife of Deacon David Neff of Holy Trinity Church here, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, July 12, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150715_1.html Bishop Paul makes first archpastoral visit to Holy Apostles Church, Normal, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150707_1.html Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0705-normal.jpg&archive=0&final_h=64&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Paul, made his first archpastoral visit to Holy Apostles Church here Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150707_1.html Chicago-area Pan-Orthodox stewardship workshop to be held September 26 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150629_1.html Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Synergy, a Pan-Orthodox organization composed of clergy and lay representatives of Chicago-area Orthodox Christian parishes, will be hosting its first Midwest Stewardship and Strategic Planning Retreat, "Igniting the Flame of Orthodox Stewardship," at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 8410 West 131 Street, Palos Park, IL on Saturday, September 26, 2015.&nbsp; Sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150629_1.html Bishop Paul responds to US Supreme Court decision http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150626_1.html Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Paul, issued the following statement, dated June 26, 2015, in response to the US Supreme Court's decision with regard to same-sex marriage.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150626_1.html Hiram, OH's St. John Skete initiates on-line web store http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150625_2.html Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0625-hiram.jpg&archive=0&final_h=41&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>HIRAM, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Skete of Saint John the Theologian here <em>--</em> a dependency of Holy Cross Monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Wayne, WV <em>--</em> recently launched its new web site at <a href="http://stjohnskete.com/"><strong>www.stjohnskete.com</strong></a>.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150625_2.html Midwest diocesan priest participates in anniversary of canonization of St. John of Kronstadt http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150625_1.html Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0610-kronstadt1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Priest James Dank, Rector of Saint John of Kronstadt Church, Lincoln, NE, was among numerous international guests who participated in celebrations marking the 25th Anniversary of the canonization of Saint John of Kronstadt in St. Petersburg, Russia during the week of June 10, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150625_1.html UPDATED In Memoriam: Matushka Barbara Adamcio Puhalla http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150624_1.html Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>OLYPHANT, PA [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Matushka Barbara Sweda Adamcio Puhalla, 87, wife of the late Archpriest Stephen Adamcio and mother of Archpriest John Adamcio, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, fell asleep in the Lord at home here on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 after a brief illness.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150624_1.html Detroit site of Second Annual St. Macrina Institute Conference August 7-8 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150622_1.html Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Saint Macrina Orthodox Institute for Diakonia and Catechesis will hold its Second Annual Conference at Saint Andrew House here August 7-8, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150622_1.html Memorandum outlines procedure for the assignment of Midwest Diocesan parish rectors http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150622_2.html Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a memorandum dated June 1, 2015, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest outlined the appropriate procedure to be observed "in the event of a Parish Rector vacancy or anticipated vacancy, either as a result of a canonical transfer of the rector, the retirement of the rector or the death of the rector."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150622_2.html Midwest Summer Camps announce schedules http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150609_1.html Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0604-camps.jpg&archive=0&final_h=38&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In the days ahead, schools will wind down for the academic year, signaling the opening of several summer camps within the Diocese of the Midwest.</p> <p>The following camps have submitted information with regard their 2015 programs.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150609_1.html Speakers announced for second Small Parish Forum http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150603_1.html Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0618-weirton-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>WEIRTON, WV [OCA] <em>--</em> Speakers for the second Small Parish Forum, which is being cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest at Saint Nicholas Church here June 18-20, 2015, were recently announced.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150603_1.html Bishop Paul issues letter to parish clergy concerning OCF's "First Forty Days Initiative" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150528_1.html Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0528-ocf-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=37&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a letter to all parish rectors and priests-in-charge dated May 26, 2015, His Grace, Bishop Paul requested active participation in the "First Forty Days Initiative," conducted annually by the national Orthodox Christian Fellowship.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150528_1.html Madison, IL faithful celebrate 50th Anniversary of the construction of their church http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150527_1.html Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0503-madison-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MADISON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest visited the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church here on the weekend of May 2-3, 2015, marking the parish's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the construction and consecration of their current church building.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150527_1.html Bishop Paul visits Chicago's St. George Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150521_1.html Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0517-woodstreet.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On May 16-17, 2015, His Grace, Bishop Paul made an archpastoral visit to Saint George Cathedral here.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150521_1.html Midwest clergy encouraged to participate in new Assembly of Bishops' survey http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150510_1.html Sun, 10 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest encourages all parish clergy of the Diocese of the Midwest to participate in a new study on Orthodox parish life in America, conducted by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150510_1.html Chicago's St. George Cathedral to hold annual patronal dinner http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150421_1.html Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0517-woodstreet-front.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Chicago-area faithful are warmly invited to join Archimandrite Vladimir and the members of Saint George Cathedral, 917 North Wood Street, Chicago, IL as they hold their annual dinner in honor of the Great Martyr George on Sunday, May 17, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150421_1.html Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit to perform concert to benefit ZOE for Life! in Cleveland May 2 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150420_1.html Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [OCMD] <em>--</em> The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit (OCMD) will perform a concert of Orthodox Christian hymns and liturgical songs to benefit ZOE for Life! at Saint Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, 3256 Warren Road, Cleveland, OH on Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150420_1.html Vacancy at Holy Resurrection Mission, Fargo, ND, Announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150415_1.html Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/2015-0415-fargo-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> A pastoral vacancy at Holy Resurrection Mission, Fargo, ND, was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150415_1.html Dr. Veniamin to deliver annual St. Alexis Lecture http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150415_2.html Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at Saint Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA, will deliver the Sixth Annual Saint Alexis (Toth) Lecture at Saint Mary's Cathedral, 1701 Fifth Street NE, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., following the celebration of Vespers.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150415_2.html PASCHAL MESSAGE OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP PAUL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150406_3.html Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/pascha.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><em>Devout and God-loving people, enjoy this kind and bright festival.&nbsp; Wise people come and share joy with your Lord.&nbsp; You who have labored in fasting, receive your deserved reward.&nbsp; You who have labored from the first hour, come to the festival now!&nbsp; You who came at the third hour, rejoice!&nbsp; You who lingered until the sixth hour, celebrate!&nbsp; You who came at the ninth hour, do not be sad!&nbsp; You who managed to come only at the eleventh hour, do not be dismayed by your lateness.&nbsp; No one will be deprived of heavenly joy.&nbsp; For our Lord is generous.&nbsp; He welcomes those who come last in the same way as those who come first&hellip;</em></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150406_3.html Bishop Paul encourages youth to attend 18th All-American Council http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150406_1.html Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2015/18aac.jpg&archive=0&final_h=31&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a memo to all rectors and priests-in-charge of the Diocese of the Midwest, dated Monday, April 6, 2015, His Grace, Bishop Paul, extended an invitation for all diocesan youth to participate in the youth activities that will be held during the 18th All-American Council in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150406_1.html FOCA invites youth to enter "Celebration of Faith" contest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150406_2.html Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>WILKES-BARRE, PA [FOCA] <em>--</em> The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] recently announced the theme and topic of its annual "Celebration of Faith" contest.&nbsp; The theme will be "Following in the Footsteps of the North American Saints," while the topic will be "How I am Continuing Their Mission Today?"</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150406_2.html UPDATED In Memoriam: Archpriest Dr. Michael Herrick http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150330_1.html Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>GREEN BAY, WI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Archpriest Dr. Michael Herrick, 85, fell asleep in the Lord after a brief illness at Saint Vincent Hospital here on Sunday, March 29, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150330_1.html Archpriest John Behr: Homily at Funeral of Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150325_1.html Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p><a href="/files/events/2015/2015-0323-behr-on-hopko.pdf" target="_external"><strong>Read the homily of Archpriest John Behr, Dean, St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary</strong></a></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150325_1.html Annual Diocesan Clergy Convocation to be held May 11-13 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150324_2.html Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DARIEN, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Annual Midwest Diocesan Clergy Convocation will be held at the Carmelite Retreat Center here Monday through Wednesday, May 11-13, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150324_2.html In Memoriam: Matushka Melanya Sviridov http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150321_1.html Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Matushka Melanya Sviridov, 100, fell asleep in the Lord on March 16, 2015 following a brief illness.&nbsp; She was the wife of the late Archpriest Ioann (John) Sviridov, who reposed on December 23, 2004.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150321_1.html April 26 Detroit Pan-Orthodox benefit to help retired clergy and widows http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150324_1.html Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0426-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] <em>--</em> The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its annual "Spring Celebration" dinner-dance at the banquet hall of Saint Michael the Archangel Church, 26375 West Chicago Road, Redford, MI, on Sunday, April 26, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150324_1.html Ohio site of FOCA's May 2015 national bowling, basketball tournaments http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150307_3.html Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>COLUMBUS, OH [FOCA] <em>--</em> The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] will hold its annual national bowling tournament May 1-2, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150307_3.html Chicago Deanery announces Lenten Vesper schedule http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150307_2.html Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Chicago Deanery of the Diocese of the Midwest recently announced its schedule of Sunday evening Lenten Vesper services.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150307_2.html Detroit's Council of Orthodox Christian Churches to sponsor Lenten Vesper services http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150307_1.html Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] <em>--</em> The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will hold the first in its series of Vesper services on the five Sundays of Great Lent on March 1, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, at 6:00 p.m. at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of Saint Mary, 18100 Merriman Road, Livonia, MI.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150307_1.html Fr. Peter Pawlack honored on 50th Anniversary of Ordination http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150217_1.html Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0217-ellwoodcity-home.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ELLWOOD CITY, PA [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Archpriest Peter and Matushka Barbara Pawlack were honored recently at a Divine Liturgy and luncheon at the Monastery of the Transfiguration here marking the 50th Anniversary of Father Peter's ordination to the priesthood.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150217_1.html St. Macrina Orthodox Institute to offer new Spirituality class http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150210_1.html Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/st-macrina-front.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Saint Macrina Orthodox Institute is offering a new on-line Spirituality class for those who wish to begin taking the course cycle for catechist certification or for diaconal vocations.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150210_1.html Bishop Paul to make first visit to Detroit February 21-22 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150203_2.html Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest and a native of Detroit, will make his first visit to Detroit since his episcopal consecration to Holy Trinity Church, 20500 Anglin Street, on February 21-22, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150203_2.html Registration deadline for Alaskan Pilgrimage is February 28 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150203_1.html Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>KODIAK, AK <em>--</em> With the assistance of FOS Tours and Travel, Mary Ann Khoury will lead the 2015 "Walk the Path of the Saints" Pilgrimage to the many Orthodox Christian destinations in Alaska.&nbsp; This pilgrimage, she says, "has been finalized and will be the first complete spiritual travel experience to Alaska focused on the saints and the places where they planted the Holy Orthodox Church."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150203_1.html IOCC's Chicago Banquet, Silent Auction to be held April 30, 2015 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150129_1.html Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DES PLAINES, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> International Orthodox Christian Charities' annual Pan-Orthodox Grand Banquet and Silent Auction will be held at the Cafe La Cave, 2777 Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, IL on Thursday, April 30, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150129_1.html Second Small Parish Forum to be held in Weirton, WV June 18-20 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150128_1.html Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>WEIRTON, WV [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Diocese of the Midwest and the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania will host the second annual Small Parish Forum at Saint Nicholas Church here July 18-20 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150128_1.html Orthodox Christians join Chicago March for Life January 18 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150127_1.html Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/2015-0118-chicago1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Many Orthodox Christians joined over 4,000 marchers at the Tenth Annual March for Life Chicago on Sunday, January 18, 2015.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150127_1.html Diocesan Assembly to be held in conjunction with 18th All-American Council http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150122_1.html Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> At the recent Diocesan Council meeting in Chicago January 13, 2015, it was decided, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Paul, to convene the 2015 Diocesan Assembly in conjunction with and at the same venue as the 18th All-American Council in Atlanta, GA July 20-24.</p> <p>It was also decided that the 2015 Clergy Convocation will take place May 11-13 in the Chicago area.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150122_1.html Detroit's African-American Orthodox Christians to sponsor mini-conference on St. Moses the Black http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150120_1.html Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [BSMB] <em>--</em> The Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black [BSMB] will sponsor a mini-conference, titled "Saint Moses the Black: A Model of Repentance," at Saint Innocent of Irkutsk Church, 23300 West Chicago Road, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150120_1.html Chicago area Sanctity of Life service, presentation to be held Sunday, January 25 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150115_1.html Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>NILES, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The sixth annual Pan-Orthodox Sanctity of Life Prayer Service will be celebrated at Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church here on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150115_1.html Bishop Paul to deliver opening prayer at March For Life Chicago January 18 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150112_1.html Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, will deliver the opening prayer at the 10th Anniversary "March For Life Chicago" on Sunday, January 18, 2015.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_150112_1.html ZOE for Life to sponsor bus to DC March for Life http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141231_1.html Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> ZOE for Life, the Cleveland-based Orthodox Christian pro-life organization, will sponsor a one-day bus trip to the 2015 March for Life in Washington, DC on Thursday, January 22.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141231_1.html The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141228_2.html Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-1227-consecration.jpg&archive=0&final_h=89&final_w=77&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Clergy and faithful from parishes across the Midwest gathered at historic Holy Trinity Cathedral here on the morning of Saturday, December 27, 2014 for the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Bishop-elect Paul [Gassios] was consecrated to the Episcopacy as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141228_2.html Bishop-elect Paul addresses bishops, clergy and faithful at Vespers http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141228_1.html Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-1226-vespers.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> At the celebration of Vespers at Chicago's historic Holy Trinity Cathedral on Friday, December 26, 2014 <em>--</em> the eve of his consecration to the Episcopate <em>--</em> Bishop-elect Paul [Gassios] delivered an address to the bishops, clergy and faithful.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141228_1.html Chicago site of Episcopal Consecration of Archimandrite Paul http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141223_1.html Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-0619-gassios-tn.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [OCA] <em>--</em> Archimandrite Paul [Gassios] will be consecrated to the episcopacy at historic Holy Trinity Cathedral here on Saturday, December 27, 2014.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141223_1.html 2014 Nativity Message of Bishop-elect Paul http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141218_1.html Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2011/2011-1225-nativity.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=63&percent=100"><p>Beloved Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest:</p> <p>Christ is Born <em>--</em> Glorify Him!</p> <p>"Today God, Who by nature cannot be seen, is seen in the flesh for our sake."<br />Litya Verse from the Nativity Compline Service</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141218_1.html In Memoriam: The Fifth Anniversary of the Repose of Archbishop Job http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141218_2.html Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-1218-abpjob1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Today <em>--</em> December 18, 2014 <em>--</em> marks the fifth anniversary of the repose of His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141218_2.html Detroit's Orthodox parishes to sponsor children's "St. Nicholas Is Santa Claus" party http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141117_1.html Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] <em>--</em> The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its fifth annual "Saint Nicholas Is Santa Claus," a Nativity-season children's party, on Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. at Holy Transfiguration Church, 36075 West Seven Mile Road, Livonia, MI.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141117_1.html Talk on Orthodox Spirituality by Bishop Alexander, November 14 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141111_3.html Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141111_3.html Chicago faithful again host "Little Village" Thanksgiving dinner http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141111_2.html Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Priest John Baker and the faithful of Christ the Savior Church here expect to serve up to 150 persons in the city's "Little Village" neighborhood on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, the eve of Thanksgiving Day.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141111_2.html In Memoriam: Dr. Constance Tarasar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141111_1.html Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Funeral services for Dr. Constance Tarasar, 76, a "daughter" of the Diocese of the Midwest and a pioneer in the field of Orthodox Christian education, will be celebrated at Saint Mary Cathedral, 1629 Fifth Street NE, Minneapolis, MN at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.&nbsp; Visitation will be held at the Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel, 1918 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, with the celebration of a Parastas at 6:00 p.m.&nbsp; Visitation will continue at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the Funeral, after which interment will take place at Saint Mary Cemetery.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141111_1.html Hotel accommodations now available for Consecration Weekend http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141110_1.html Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-1226-hotel1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Clergy and faithful traveling to Chicago for the consecration of Archimandrite Paul, Bishop-elect of Chicago and the Midwest, December 26-28, 2014, are invited to take advantage of special hotel rates available at Best Western River North Hotel, 125 West Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60654.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141110_1.html Dates for consecration, enthronement of Bishop-elect Paul [Gassios] announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141024_1.html Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-1023-syosset.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On Thursday, October 23, 2014, the closing day of the Holy Synod of Bishops&rsquo; fall session, it was announced that the consecration and enthronement of Archimandrite Paul [Gassios] as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 26 and 27, in Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141024_1.html Diocesan Chancellor addresses clergy 2015 cost of living adjustment http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141023_1.html Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a letter to parish rectors and parish councils dated October 23, 2014, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest, provides information with regard to the 2015 cost of living adjustment for diocesan priests.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141023_1.html Holy Synod elects Igumen Paul [Gassios] http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141021_1.html Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-1021-election-cover.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=84&percent=100"><p>SYOSSET, NY [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 <em>--</em> the opening day of the fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America <em>--</em> Igumen Paul [Gassios] was canonically elected to the vacant Episcopal See of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141021_1.html Archpriest Paul Gassios tonsured to monastic rank http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141020_3.html Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-1021-perrysville.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PERRYSVILLE, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> With the blessings of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh, Archpriest Paul Gassios professed monastic vows and was tonsured to the rank of riassaphor monk at Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery here on Monday October 20, 2014.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141020_3.html Chicago cathedral to mark 20th Anniversary of the Glorification of St. John Kochurov October 30-November 2 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141020_2.html Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The 20th Anniversary of the Glorification of Saint John Kochurov of Chicago will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 North Leavitt Street, Chicago Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141020_2.html Holy Trinity Parish, Parma, OH honors choir director's 40 years of service http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141020_1.html Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-1005-parma.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>PARMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On Sunday, October 5, 2014, the clergy and faithful of Holy Trinity Parish here honored Michael Pilat and his wife, Lois, for their 40 years of continued choral ministry in the parish.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141020_1.html Minutes of Diocesan Assemblies, Council now available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141016_1.html Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-assembly.jpg&archive=0&final_h=46&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Minutes of the Special and the 53rd Diocesan Assemblies, held at Archangel Michael Church, Broadview Heights, OH on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, are now available on the Midwest Diocese's web site at www.domoca.org.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141016_1.html Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna to visit Detroit's Holy Trinity Church http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141015_1.html Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-1129-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=79&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Myrrh-Streaming Icon of Saint Anna, the Mother of the Holy Virgin Mary, enshrined at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, South Canaan, PA, will visit Holy Trinity Church, 20500 Anglin St., on the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving Day, November 29 and 30, 2014.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141015_1.html Midwest Diocesan Assembly nominates Archpriest Paul Gassios for vacant Chicago See http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141007_1.html Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-0619-gassios-tn.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> One hundred and three clergy and lay delegates representing parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of the Midwest gathered at Archangel Michael Church here on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, for a special Assembly at which Archpriest Paul Gassios was nominated to fill the vacant See of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_141007_1.html Midwest clergy wives' retreat October 10-12 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140917_1.html Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>RIVES JUNCTION, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The 27th annual Midwest clergy wives' retreat will be held at the Holy Dormition Monastery, nestled in the beautiful countryside of Rives Junction, MI, October 10-12, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140917_1.html Regular, special Diocesan Assemblies to convene Tuesday, October 7, 2014 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140820_1.html Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-0820-broadviewheights.jpg&archive=0&final_h=52&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The 53rd Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest will be held at Archangel Michael Church here on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.&nbsp; Immediately preceding the Assembly, a Special Diocesan Assembly will be held for the sole purpose of nominating a candidate for the vacant See of Chicago and the Midwest.&nbsp; The name of the nominee will be presented to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election.&nbsp; This Special Assembly will be followed by the regular Assembly, during which the business of an annual Diocesan Assembly meeting will be addressed.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140820_1.html In Memoriam: Reader George E. Walko http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140915_1.html Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Reader George E. Walko, 92, a member of Saint Andrew Church here and former Mayor of Bedford, OH, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, August 30, 2014.&nbsp; A World War II Army veteran and union carpenter, George chanted at liturgical services, made crosses which he gave to bishops, priests, deacons and laity all over the world, and was a personal friend of thousands of people, according to Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan, Rector of Saint Andrew Church.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140915_1.html Taco Festival at Chicago's Christ the Savior Church, September 27 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140911_4.html Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0927-lasalle2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The faithful of Christ the Savior Church invite all to join them for the "Festival of Hope," their second annual Missions Fundraiser, as they once again transform the church courtyard into a Mexican Taqueria!&amp;nbps; Enjoy homemade taqueria-style carne asada and spicy chicken tacos, made using traditional recipes.&amp;nbps; Proceeds to benifit the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140911_4.html Lima, Ohio site of St. Moses the Black Brotherhood annual conference October 3-5 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140911_2.html Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LIMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> To promote cultural understanding, Christian unity, and informed dialogue among blacks and whites in Lima, Saint Stephen Church will be the site of this year's Ancient Christianity Conference October 3-5, 2014.&nbsp; The conference is sponsored by the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black, a nationwide organization of African American Orthodox Christian leaders.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140911_2.html "An evening with our authors" at Chicago's Christ the Savior Church, October 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140911_3.html Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Join Angela Doll Carlson, author of <em>Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition,</em> and Paul Kuritz, author of <em>Theater and Film: A Christian Perspective,</em> of Christ the Savior Parish for a celebration and discussion of their works.&nbsp; Questions and guests welcome.&nbsp; Wine and light appetizers will be served.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140911_3.html Detroit area parishes to sponsor concert to aid needy in Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140911_1.html Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] <em>--</em> The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its fourth annual benefit convert at Saint Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 21931 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140911_1.html Priest runs marathon for parish expansion project http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140908_2.html Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>COLUMBUS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Priest Matthew Moriak, Rector of Saint Gregory of Nyssa Church here, will be a running in the US Air Force Marathon in Dayton, OH on Saturday, September 20, 2014.&nbsp; He will be running the full 26.2 mile marathon in memory of his mother, Pani Jeannette Moriak, who fell asleep in the Lord over 17 years ago after battling leukemia.&nbsp; He is also running to help raise funds for the Saint Gregory's parish expansion project.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140908_2.html Chicago Cathedral seeks vendors for September 27-28 art fair http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140908_1.html Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0927-chicago-tn.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Holy Trinity Cathedral is seeking artisans, bakers and other vendors to participate in an Arts and Crafts Fair in the parish parking lot adjacent to the cathedral at 1121 North Leavitt Street, Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140908_1.html Midwest Diocese concludes first Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Conference http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140827_2.html Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0808-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Saint Andrew's House, Detroit, MI, was the site of the first annual Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Conference of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of the Midwest August 8-9, 2014.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140827_2.html FOCUS helps bring calm, understanding to Ferguson, MO http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140827_1.html Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>FERGUSON, MO [FOCUS-NA] <em>--</em> FOCUS has been featured on multiple TV stations in Ferguson, MO, where its St. Louis Center and FOCUS Director, Eric Shanburn, have been working to embody the "U" in FOCUS, which stands for "United" and "Understanding."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140827_1.html "SOS!" September is Support Our Seminarians Month! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140826_1.html Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-sos.jpg&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a letter dated August 26, 2014, Archpriest Paul Gassios, Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest, calls upon the faithful to rally in support of the growing number of diocesan seminarians <em>--</em> many of whom are married with children <em>--</em> during the month of September, which has been designated by the Diocesan Council as "Support Our Seminarians Month."</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140826_1.html Detroit's SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral hit by flood http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140819_3.html Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral here, Michigan's oldest Orthodox Christian parish, was hit hard during the torrential rains that left Detroit under six inches of water at the beginning of the second week of August 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140819_3.html In Memoriam: Protodeacon Edward J. Reta http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140819_1.html Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>PARMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Protodeacon Edward John Reta of Holy Trinity Church here fell asleep in the Lord on August 14, 2014 at the age of 91.&nbsp; Protodeacon Edward was a native of Cleveland, OH.&nbsp; Prior to his ordination to the diaconate at the age of 74, Protodeacon Edward served as a lieutenant in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean War.&nbsp; A graduate of Case University and a retiree of GATX, he was a founding member of Holy Trinity Church, where he was involved in almost every aspect of parish life during the past 50 years.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140819_1.html Chicago Synergy announces annual Symposium October 18 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140819_4.html Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Chicago's Orthodox Christian Synergy will hold its annual Symposium at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 North Redwood Drive, Chicago on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140819_4.html Midwest Diocesan priest helps pull together to support St. Tikhon’s Seminary married student housing http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140812_1.html Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications/MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In an effort to raise funds for the Saint Tikhon's Seminary Married Student Housing Project, Father Joseph McCartney of Archangel Michael Church, Broadview Heights, OH [STOTS Class of 2010] is planning to run a half marathon in October 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140812_1.html Diocesan Chancellor visits Holy Myrrhbearers Chapel, St. Cloud, MN http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140804_3.html Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-0709-stcloud.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ST. CLOUD, MN [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest, and Archpriest Paul Wesche, Dean of the Minneapolis Deanery, visited Holy Myrrhbearers Chapel here on July 9, 2014.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140804_3.html Chicago's Christ the Savior parish marches for peace in "Little Village" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140804_2.html Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0725-chicago9.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On Friday, July 25, 2014, members of Christ the Savior Church here joined community organizations and neighborhood residents in the city's Little Village neighborhood to promote peace at a time when rates of violence in the Chicago are rising.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140804_2.html A joint ministry, from South Carolina to Wisconsin! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140804_1.html Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0630-kenosha.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>KENOSHA, WI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Recently, a team of parishioners from the Nativity of the Theotokos Church, Charlotte, SC, made the 825-mile trek to Kenosha, WI, where they helped build an entrance ramp at Saint Nicholas Church.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140804_1.html Chicago faithful to participate in Little Village Peace Walk July 25 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140723_1.html Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Members of Christ the Savior Church here will participate in a Peace Walk in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on Friday, July 25, 2014.&nbsp; "They will join community organizations and neighborhood residents in Little Village to promote peace at a time when rates of violence in the Chicago are high," says Kathryn Bocanegra.&nbsp; "A similar peace walk took place the Friday before Memorial Day weekend and there were no shootings in Little Village that weekend."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140723_1.html Small Parish Forum attracts diverse group from US and Canada http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140722_1.html Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0710-byesville11.jpg&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BYESVILLE, OH [MW Diocese Communications/Ann Marie Mecera] <em>--</em> The first-ever Small Parish Forum was at Christ the Savior Church here July 10-12, 2014.&nbsp; It was co-hosted by the Diocese of the Midwest and the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140722_1.html Parish Vacancies Announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140707_1.html Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Pastoral vacancies at Saint Nicholas Church, Joliet, IL and the Protection of the Virgin Mary Church, Merrillville, IN, were announced by Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest on Monday, July 7, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140707_1.html Registration opens for August 8-9 conference for catechists, diaconal vacations students http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140703_1.html Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Registration is now open for the Diocese of the Midwest's first Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Conference slated to be held August 8-9, 2014 at Saint Andrew's House here.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140703_1.html Small Parish Forum agenda announced; reduced hotel rate expires June 26 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140623_2.html Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>BYESVILLE, OH [DOWPA] <em>--</em> The agenda for the first Small Parish Forum, slated to be held at Christ the Savior Church here July 10-12, 2014, was announced recently by the forum's organizing committee.&nbsp; The agenda, which may be found on-line <a href="http://www.ocadwpa.org/spforumagenda1.html"><strong>here</strong></a>, lists the top speakers and subject matter experts and the themes for workshops for extensive discussion and opportunities to meet parish leaders facing similar challenges.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140623_2.html St. Tikhon's Seminary opens search for Director of Development http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140623_1.html Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] <em>--</em> Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary here is now interviewing qualified people for the position of Director of Development.&nbsp; Those interested may send resume information to 178 St. Tikhon's Rd. Waymart, PA 18472.&nbsp; The job description reads as follows...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140623_1.html Archpriest Paul Gassios appointed Diocesan Administrator http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140619_1.html Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-0619-gassios-tn.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> At the meeting of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held at the OCA Chancery March 18-21, 2014, Archpriest Paul Gassios was appointed Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140619_1.html In Memoriam: Dr. Richard West http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140605_1.html Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>AKRON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Richard V. West, long time member of the Metropolitan Council and the Midwest Diocesan Council, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, June 1, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140605_1.html Konevets Quartet of St. Petersburg to sing concert in Redford June 12 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140530_1.html Fri, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>REDFORD, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Konevets Quartet of St. Petersburg, Russia will sing a concert at Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church, 26375 W. Chicago Road, Redford, MI on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140530_1.html Save the Date for Synergy's 20th Symposium October 18 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140522_2.html Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The 20th Annual Symposium sponsored by Orthodox Christian Synergy will be held at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 North Redwood Dr., Chicago, on Saturday, October 18, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140522_2.html St. Tikhon's Seminary to host continuing education symposium June 17-19 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140522_1.html Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] <em>--</em> Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary here will host its annual Continuing Clergy Education Symposium June 17-19, 2014.&nbsp; This is the second year that the school will provide this symposium to enable OCA priests and deacons to fulfill their annual 20 hours of continuing education studies mandated by the Holy Synod of Bishops.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140522_1.html Registration opens for Small Parish Forum July 10-12 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140515_2.html Thu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>BYESVILLE, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Registration is now open for the Small Parish Forum at Christ the Savior Church here July 10-12, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140515_2.html Diocesan Diaconal Vocations and Catechist Program offers summer language classes http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140515_1.html Thu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Diaconal Vocations and Lay Catechist Program of the Diocese of the Midwest will be offering several language classes this summer.&nbsp; All are welcome to enroll.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140515_1.html PaTRAM Institute summer choral master class announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140505_1.html Mon, 05 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0630-southcannan1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [PaTRAM Institute] <em>--</em> A mixed choir and conductor's class titled "Ancient Spirituality, Living Voices" will be offered by the Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Institute [PaTRAM] at Saint Tikhon's Monastery and Seminary here June 30-July 3, 2014.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140505_1.html Ohio OCFs to host Orthodox missionary to Albania http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140501_1.html Thu, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>OBERLIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Nathan Hoppe, long-term Orthodox Christian missionary in Albania, will deliver a presentation titled "Rethinking Mission: The Call to Conversion in the Context of Diversity and Tolerance" at Wilder Hall, Room 101, on the campus of Oberlin College here on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.&nbsp; The presentation is being sponsored by the Oberlin College Orthodox Christian Fellowship.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140501_1.html Minneapolis Cathedral's Annual St. Alexis (Toth) Lecture to be presented May 6, 2014 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140430_1.html Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The 2014 Annual Saint Alexis (Toth) Lecture will take place at the historic Saint Mary's Cathedral in northeast Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:15 p.m.&nbsp; The speaker will be Archimandrite Luke, Abbot of Holy Trinity Orthodox Monastery and Seminary, Jordanville, NY.&nbsp; A reception will follow in the parish center.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140430_1.html Wonderworking Icon of Saint Anna to visit Chicago's Christ the Savior Church May 2-4 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140414_1.html Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0503-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Wonderworking Icon of Saint Anna, currently enshrined at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, South Canaan, PA, will visit Christ the Savior Church, 927 North LaSalle, Chicago, from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4, 2014.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140414_1.html Chicago's Orthodox Coalition for Healthy Youth receives national award http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140406_2.html Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0205-occhy.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>WASHINGTON, DC [OCCHY-Chicago] <em>--</em> At an elaborate ceremony at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's [CADCA] National Leadership Forum, held at Maryland's National Harbor Gaylord Convention Center February 5, 2014, Chicago's Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY] was awarded a Graduate Certificate of Completion from the CADCA National Coalition Academy.&nbsp; OCCHY was among 87 graduating coalitions from across the US to achieve this certification.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140406_2.html Bishop Alexander visits Holy Apostles Church, Bloomington-Normal, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140406_1.html Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2014/2014-0329-normal4.jpg&archive=0&final_h=36&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Alexander, made his first archpastoral visit to the faithful of Holy Apostles Church here on the last weekend of March 2014.&nbsp; Priest Danial Doss, Acting Priest-in-Charge, welcomed Bishop Alexander as he arrived at the church, accompanied by Protodeacon Robert Northrup.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140406_1.html Small Parish Forum to be held in Ohio July 10-12 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140403_1.html Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>BYESVILLE, OH [OCA] <em>--</em> The Diocese of the Midwest and The Diocese of Western Pennsylvania will host a Small Parish Forum at Christ the Savior Church here July 10-12, 2014.&nbsp; Titled "Help, Hope, Stability and Identity," the forum will cater to the numerous "small" parishes in the two dioceses.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140403_1.html Conference for catechists, diaconal vocations students, to be held in Detroit August 8-9 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140318_1.html Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> A conference for catechists, Diaconal Vocations program students, and those interested in furthering their understanding of the Orthodox Christian faith will be sponsored by the Diocese of the Midwest at Saint Andrew's House here August 8-9, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140318_1.html Bishop Alexander to lecture at Ohio's Lourdes University March 23 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140317_1.html Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>SYLVANIA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Alexander, will deliver the 32nd Ecumenical Lecture at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University here at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140317_1.html The Great Kanon: A Blessed Opportunity http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140306_1.html Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>During the first week of Great Lent, we gather to celebrate the Great Penitential Kanon of Saint Andrew of Crete<em>--</em>a blessed opportunity to enter the Lenten atmosphere of the Church with openness and humility, both of which are pre-conditions for true repentance.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140306_1.html IOCC Chicago-area Grand Banquet, Silent Auction to be held March 20 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140304_1.html Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [IOCC] <em>--</em> The annual International Orthodox Christian Charities' Pan-Orthodox Grand Banquet and Silent Auction will be held at the Rosewood Restaurant and Banquets, 9421 West Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL on Thursday, March 20, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140304_1.html Chicago area Pan-Orthodox Vespers to be celebrated March 9 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140226_1.html Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Anthony of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America will be the guest homilist at the celebration of Pan-Orthodox Vespers on Sunday, March 9, 2014, marking the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" <em>--</em> the first Sunday of Great Lent.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140226_1.html St. Nicholas Church, Lawrence, KS looking to build http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140219_1.html Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0219-lawrence5.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LAWRENCE, KS [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Formed in September 2002 as Saint Sophia Orthodox Church, Saint Nicholas of Myra Church here was received into the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America in 2009.&nbsp; Served by Priest Joshua Lollar since June 2011, the community is one of several receiving Church Planting Grants through the OCA Department of Evangelization.&nbsp; The parish has made steady growth and the faithful are in the process of constructing a chapel to accommodate the growing number of faithful.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140219_1.html Detroit area parishes to celebrate Sunday of Orthodoxy at St. Lazarus Cathedral March 9 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140217_1.html Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] <em>--</em> The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will observe the Sunday of Orthodoxy with the celebration of Vespers at Saint Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral Ravanica, 4575 E. Outer Drive, Detroit at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014.&nbsp; Archpriest Roman Star, pastor of Saint Innocent of Irkutsk Church, Redford, MI, will preside.&nbsp; Father Roman serves as president of the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Saint John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit and spiritual advisor to the COCC.&nbsp; The homilist will be Archpriest George Shalhoub, pastor of the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of Saint Mary, Livonia, MI.&nbsp; The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit, directed by Matushka Vickie Kopistiansky, will sing the responses.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140217_1.html Altar Server Guide reprinted, now available for purchase http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140214_3.html Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0214-minneapolis-tn.jpg&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Saint Mary's Cathedral here is pleased to announce that its publication, <em>An Altar Server's Guide to the Liturgies,</em> has been reprinted and is again available for purchase. The coil bound, 126-page book includes the texts of the Divine Liturgies of Saints John Chrysostom and Basil the Great and the Presanctified Liturgy of Saint Gregory Dialogos.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140214_3.html Chicago's Holy Trinity Cathedral to host children's retreat March 22 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140214_2.html Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 North Leavitt St., Chicago, will host a Lenten retreat for children on Saturday, March 22, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140214_2.html Mission Team Chicago to hold benefit dinner February 27 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140214_1.html Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> For the 17th consecutive year, Mission Team Chicago will host a fundraising dinner which this year will benefit the Orthodox Chrsitian Mission Center and mission in Guatemala on Thursday, February 27, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140214_1.html Chicago parish plans another event in Little Village neighborhood http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140204_3.html Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Faithful from Christ the Savior Church here are planning another family event in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on Friday, March 21, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140204_3.html Diocesan member's plays featured on DCE web site http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140204_2.html Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0204-mentor-tn.jpg&archive=0&final_h=78&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SYOSSET, NY [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Three plays tracing the lives of the Prophets Jonah, Daniel and Elijah, written by Shawn Cunningham of Saint Nicholas Church, Mentor, OH, are now available from the Department of Christian Education [DCE] of the Orthodox Church in America.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140204_2.html Holy Theophany Chapel, Williams Bay, WI hosts sister communities http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140204_1.html Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-0111-williamsbay.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>WILLIAMS BAY, WI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The faithful of Holy Theophany Chapel here welcomed their sisters and brothers from Milwaukee's Saints Cyril and Methodius Church, Chicago/Hyde Park's Saint Makarios the Great Mission, and Chicago's Christ the Savior Church for the celebration of their patronal feastday and the Blessing of Lake Geneva on Saturday, January 11, 2014.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140204_1.html Chicago's 5th annual Sanctity of Life service, presentation Sunday, January 26 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140121_2.html Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>ELMHURST, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The 5th annual Chicago Pan-Orthodox Sanctity of Life Prayer Service and Presentation will be held at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 893 Church Road, Elmhurst, IL at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140121_2.html Chicago Deanery Winter Camp to be held February 15-17 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140121_1.html Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>EAST TROY, WI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The annual winter camp for middle and junior-senior high students of the Chicago Deanery once again will be held at Hoffer Lodge, Edwards YMCA Camp, East Troy, WI from 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 15 through 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140121_1.html October 2013 Diocesan Assembly minutes now available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140116_2.html Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Minutes of the 52nd Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest, held in Lansing, IL on October 8, 2013, are now available on the Midwest Diocese's web site, <a href="/files/53rd%20ASSEMBLY/2013-assembly-minutes.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140116_2.html Chicago area parents' breakfast forum on substance use/abuse http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140116_1.html Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>PALOS HEIGHTS, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Chicago area Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY] will host a breakfast forum for parents at Saint Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church, 12307 South Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights, IL from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_140116_1.html Seminarian Appeal Thank You http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131218_2.html Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p>The Diocesan Council wishes to thank all parishes, parishioners, and organizations that donated to the 2013 Support our Seminarians (SOS) Appeal.&nbsp; While the appeal kicked off in August, donations continued to come in through December.&nbsp; Nearly $21,000 has been collected.&nbsp; Your generosity allows seminarians to meet the costs of seminary in order to serve in multiple capacities.&nbsp; Thank you!&nbsp; May God bless you!</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131218_2.html In Memoriam: The Fourth Anniversary of the Repose of Archbishop Job http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131218_1.html Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/2013-1218-abpjob2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=72&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Wednesday, December 18, 2013, marks the fourth anniversary of the repose of His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131218_1.html Bishop Alexander visits Kansas, Missouri parishes and missions http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131217_1.html Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-1207-kansas4.jpg&archive=0&final_h=61&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>OVERLAND PARK, KS <em>--</em> His Grace Bishop Alexander, <em>locum tenens</em> of the Diocese of the Midwest, OCA (Orthodox Church in America), visited the southland for an action-packed weekend December 5 - 9.&nbsp; His first stop was <a href="http://www.saintnicholaschurch.net/">St Nicholas Orthodox Church</a> in Lawrence, KS, where an over-flowing crowd of parishioners and well-wishers joined His Grace in celebrating the mission's feast day.&nbsp; The mission recently purchased a beautiful property, including a sprawling home which is being transformed to include a beautiful liturgical space and plenty of room for parish gatherings and community outreach (OCF, a local homeschooling group).</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131217_1.html Minneapolis Cathedral Choir presents Festival of Hymns and Readings http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131216_2.html Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-1207-minneapolis.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Members of Saint Mary's Cathedral Choir, Minneapolis, MN, presented a dynamic and dramatic Advent Festival of Hymns and Readings on Saturday evening, December 7, 2013.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131216_2.html Chicago parish partners with community to provide Thanksgiving Day dinner http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131216_1.html Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-1127-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=40&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>On Wednesday, November 27, 2013 <em>--</em> the eve of Thanksgiving Day <em>--</em> Father John Baker and a group of faithful from Christ the Savior Parish, Chicago IL, gathered at the parish hall of Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Church in the Little Village neighborhood to serve a Thanksgiving day dinner to 120 residents of the neighborhood, many of whom had lost loved ones to the gang violence that plagues the area.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131216_1.html Detroit Orthodox churches to sponsor 'St. Nicholas Is Santa Claus' party for children http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131112_4.html Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-1130-livonia.jpg&archive=0&final_h=64&final_w=89&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [COCC Detroit] <em>--</em> The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor its fourth annual "St. Nicholas Is Santa Claus," a Nativity-season children's party, on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, 36075 W. Seven Mile Road, Livonia, MI.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131112_4.html Diocesan Chancellor addresses clergy 2014 cost of living adjustment http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131112_3.html Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a letter to parish rectors and parish councils dated November 12, 2013, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest, provides information with regard to the 2014 cost of living adjustment for diocesan priests.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131112_3.html Bishop Alexander visits St. Mary's Cathedral, Minneapolis http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131112_2.html Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-1001-minneapolis.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> His Grace, Bishop Alexander, made a pastoral visit to Saint Mary's Cathedral here over a long autumn weekend for the community's annual festival, <em>A Taste of Northeast,</em> on September 28, and the parish altar feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1, 2013.&nbsp; Deanery clergy joined with Bishop Alexander, the cathedral staff and faithful and guests from area churches at the celebration on the feast on Tuesday.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131112_2.html Detroit's Holy Trinity Church to offer prayers in honor of icon of St. Anna http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131112_1.html Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-1130-annaicon.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI <em>--</em> The Miraculous Icon of St. Anna, the Mother of the Holy Virgin Mary, from the Monastery of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk in Pennsylvania, will visit Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 20500 Anglin St., in November. &nbsp;In honor of the icon, the Rev. Lev Kopistiansky, rector of Holy Trinity, will offer a prayer service to St. Anna on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131112_1.html Report details future of Hiram, OH's Saint John the Theologian Monastery http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131016_1.html Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-0630-hiram.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>HIRAM, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> In a written report issued the week after the annual Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest on October 8, 2013, Archimandrite Alexander [Cutler] traces the transfer of the monastery to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131016_1.html Final Delegate Handbook now available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131005_1.html Sat, 05 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The final edition of the Delegate Handbook for the forthcoming Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest, slated to convene in Lansing, IL on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, is now available on-line <a href="/files/52nd%20ASSEMBLY/2013-delegate-handbook.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. Hard copies of the report book will not be available at the Assembly; participants are asked to download and print copies and to bring them with them to sessions.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_131005_1.html Lorain's SS. Peter and Paul Church to celebrate 100th anniversary in November http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130912_1.html Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-1110-lorain.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>LORAIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> On the weekend of November 8-10, 2013, the faithful of Saints Peter and Paul Church here will celebrate the parish's 100th Anniversary as a parish community.</p><p>The weekend will open with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning.&nbsp; At 4:00 p.m., the Akathistos Hymn will be sung in the presence of the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God "She Who is Quick to Hear," which will be brought to the parish from Saint Tikhon's Monastery.&nbsp; His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, Bishop Alexander, <em>Locum Tenens,</em> will be present for the Akathistos Hymn and the celebration of Great Vespers.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130912_1.html 110 Year Old Cupolas Receive Facelift http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130911_1.html Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-0908-chicago0.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral/Larisa Fetterly] <em>--</em> On Sunday, September 8th, parishioners of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral were given an up-close look at the newly "Millennium" clad cross intended for mounting on the cupola high atop the Chicago Landmark's dome at 1121 N. Leavitt Street.</p><p>The three-bar, Russian-style cross measuring over 6 feet tall and covered a gold-finish anodized metal, received a traditional Orthodox Christian blessing and a shower of holy water repeated three times by the Cathedral's Dean, Archpriest John S. Adamcio.&nbsp; Throughout the Divine Liturgy, the mirror-like cladding material reflected lit candles and images of saints depicted on the church's ornate icons.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130911_1.html In Memoriam: Georgeann Shaw http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130909_2.html Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>PALATINE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Georgeann Shaw, a long time member of Holy Resurrection Church here, fell asleep in the Lord after a brief illness on the morning of September 7, 2013.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130909_2.html Holy Apostles Mission, Bloomington-Normal, IL, reaches out to ISU students http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130909_1.html Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-0929-normal2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=53&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Faithful from Holy Apostles Mission here staffed a booth on Orthodox Christianity at Illinois State University's fall festival on the quad on Thursday, August 29, 2013.</p><p>Emphasis was placed on reaching out to Orthodox Christian students to begin an Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapter on the campus while connecting and welcoming them to Holy Apostles as their "church away from home."&nbsp; To emphasize the parish's hospitality, over 600 cookies were handed out to students who visited the booth!</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130909_1.html Clergy wives' retreat to be held October 11-13 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130903_1.html Tue, 03 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>RIVES JUNCTION, MI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Holy Dormition Monastery here will be the site of the 26th annual Clergy Wives Retreat October 11-13, 2013.&nbsp; The $70.00 registration fee includes housing, all meals, and all retreat materials.&nbsp; Scholarships are available for those who otherwise would not be able to attend.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130903_1.html In Memoriam: Presvytera Gina Mueller http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130902_1.html Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MILWAUKEE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Presvytera Gina Mueller, wife of Archpriest Thomas Mueller, Rector of Saints Cyril and Methodius Church here for 29 years, fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of Thursday, August 29, 2013 after a brief illness.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130902_1.html Chicago faithful build home for Project Mexico http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130828_2.html Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-0801-mexico0.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Priest John Baker and faithful from Christ the Savior Church here recently returned from a mission trip to Project Mexico, where they built a house for a needy family.</p><p>The following is an account by Father John's daughter, Scout, of their week of dedicated ministry during Project Mexico's 25th anniversary year.&nbsp; Scout is a sophomore at the Latin School of Chicago.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130828_2.html Fr. Andrew Moore to speak at Merrillville, IN retreat September 21-22 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130828_1.html Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MERRILLVILLE, IN [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Protection of the Virgin Mary Church here will sponsor a retreat for men and women Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2013.</p><p>The retreat theme <em>--</em> "The Church: Our Family, Our Home, Our Salvation" <em>--</em> will be developed by Priest Andrew Moore, Rector of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Springfield, MO.&nbsp; Father Andrew has a wealth of pastoral experience and is widely known as an engaging speaker.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130828_1.html Parma, OH site of ZOE for Life retreat October 19 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130823_1.html Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>PARMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Holy Trinity Church here will be the site of a Pure Living Retreat sponsored by ZOE for Life on Saturday, October 19, 2013.</p><p>The theme of the retreat is "God, Sex and Me."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130823_1.html Catechist, Diaconal Vocations Program's New Testament course to begin September 14 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130822_3.html Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> The Diocese of the Midwest's Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Program is offering a nine-session course in the New Testament beginning Saturday, September 14, 2013.&nbsp; The course runs through January 25, 2014.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130822_3.html Orthodox churches to sponsor concert to benefit ZOE for Life! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130822_2.html Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DETROIT, MI [COCC] <em>--</em> The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor a concert to benefit ZOE for Life! on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Saint George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, 18405 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield, MI.</p><p>The concert program will consist of Orthodox hymns and songs of worship performed by the Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit conducted by Matushka Victoria Kopistiansky, artistic director.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130822_2.html Witnessing to the neighborhood: Over 200 attend Milwaukee parish’s 13th annual neighborhood block party http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130822_1.html Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-0727-blockparty01-lg.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>MILWAUKEE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Well over 200 people attend the 13th annual Neighborhood Block Party hosted by Saints Cyril and Methodius Church here recently.</p><p>"We hold the annual gathering <em>--</em> complete with free food, entertainment, and games <em>--</em> as a witness to our neighbors," said Archpriest Thomas Mueller, the parish's rector. "This year's attendance was the highest ever, and we served 250 meals, as well as other food and refreshments."</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130822_1.html 52nd Diocesan Assembly to convene in Chicago October 8, 2013 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130817_1.html Sat, 17 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LANSING, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The 52nd Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest will be held at Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Lansing, IL, one of Chicago's southern suburbs, October 8, 2013.</p><p>On Tuesday, October 8, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. followed by breakfast. The registration desk will reopen at 9:15 a.m., while the first plenary session is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. The second plenary session will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will conclude with closing prayers and the installation of officers and elected Diocesan and Metropolitan Council members at 5:00 p.m.</p><p>It is recommended that, to the extent possible, delegates arrive on Monday evening. Return flights should be scheduled for no earlier than 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130817_1.html Music Festival Ministry Attends Audiofeed http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130802_1.html Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/2013-0705-audiofeed.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHAMPAIGN, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- On July 5-6, 2013, Priest Joel Weir, Rector of Saint Stephen the First Martyr Church, Crawfordsville, IN, and Stephen Wendland, a member of Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Church, Cincinnati, OH, attended the Audiofeed Music Festival here.</p><p>"Attendance at the inaugural year for Audiofeed -- a Christian music and arts festival -- marked a continuation of a music festival ministry which began two years ago...</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130802_1.html "SOS!" August is Support Our Seminarians Month! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130801_1.html Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/2013-sos4.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- In a letter dated August 1, 2013, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor, calls upon the faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest to rally in support of the growing number of diocesan seminarians -- many of whom are married with children -- during the month of August, which has been designated by the Diocesan Council as "Support Our Seminarians Month."</p><p>In an effort to build awareness of the seminarians' needs, flyers are being sent to all parishes in early August for local distribution. Parishes are being asked to raise funds, culminating in "SOS Sunday" on August 25, that the Diocese will distribute directly to the seminarians to offset the cost of their educational and living expenses.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130801_1.html Detroit's SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral celebrates feastday with Garden Party Celebration http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130730_2.html Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-0629-detroit.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] -- On the Feast of Saint Peter and Paul, a festive celebration was held at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral here -- a Garden Party!</p><p>The cathedral was blessed to receive a grant from the Diocese of the Midwest and worked hard in partnership with Orthodox Detroit Outreach and the Greening of Detroit to create a garden paradise in southwest Detroit -- an area that has been in decline for many years. The garden serves as a "home" for the ministry to the neighborhood needy and homeless.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130730_2.html St. Gregory of Nyssa in Columbus, OH announces expansion campaign http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130730_1.html Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-0609-columbus.jpg&archive=0&final_h=52&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>COLUMBUS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- On Sunday, June 9, 2013, Saint Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church here began its church expansion campaign, "Adding To The Church."</p><p>The name, derived from the verse in the book of Acts, reflects the continuing outreach the Columbus, Ohio inner-city church provides its local community.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130730_1.html Bishop Alexander to lecture at Toledo cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130425_1.html Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/2013-0513-bpalexander-sc.jpg&archive=0&final_h=81&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ROSSFORD, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese, <em>Locum Tenens</em> of the See of Chicago and the Midwest, will deliver the Fifth Annual Saints Cyril and Methodius Lecture on Growth and Evangelism at Saint George Cathedral, 738 Glenwood Road, Rossford, OH on May 13, 2013.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130425_1.html Indianapolis site of fundraiser for OCMC missionaries http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130424_1.html Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>INDIANAPOLIS, IN [MW Diocese Communications] -- Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, 855 March Road, Indianapolis, will be the site of a social on May 18, 2013 to raise funds to send Jen and Chris Moore on an Orthodox Christian Mission Center mission trip to Mongolia. The Moores are members of Saint John the Forerunner Church [OCA], Indianapolis.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130424_1.html Diocesan Chancellor addresses clergy, diocesan and parish councils http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130422_3.html Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- In a letter dated April 17, 2013, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest, updated parish clergy and members of the diocesan and parish councils on a number of matters.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130422_3.html Registration open for summer 2013 Parish Ministries Conference http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130422_2.html Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/2013-0422-conference.jpg&archive=0&final_h=65&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ARLINGTON, VA -- Registration is now open for "Faith in Action: Equipping the Saints for Worship, Learning and Service," a parish ministries conference slated to be held on the campus of Marymount University, Arlington, VA July 10-13, 2013.</p><p>The conference builds upon a similar OCA-sponsored gathering held within the Diocese of the Midwest on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH in 2010. Nearly 200 clergy and faithful participated in the conference.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130422_2.html Metropolitan Tikhon, Bishop Matthias address clergy, faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130414_1.html Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- In two separate letters dated Sunday, April 14, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, Bishop Matthias addressed the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest with regard to recent events.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130414_1.html New iconography blessed at St. Panteleimon Church, Summit, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130413_1.html Sat, 13 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/Mission-Vespers6.jpg&archive=0&final_h=70&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">SUMMIT, IL [MW Diocese Communications] --&nbsp;A new Holy Shroud <em>[plaschanitsa, epitaphios] </em>and iconostasis icon of the Mystical Supper were blessed at the conclusion of the Deanery Lenten Vespers at Saint Panteleimon Church here Sunday, April 7, 2013.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130413_1.html Chicago's Holy Trinity Cathedral to hold art exhibit, sale April 21, 28 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130410_1.html Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Holy Trinity Cathedral here will hold a pre-Pascha&nbsp;exhibit and sale of original artwork by parishioner Marina Veiler on Sunday, April 21 and Sunday, April 28, 2013.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130410_1.html Metropolitan Tikhon visits Minnesota's Twin Cities http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130409_1.html Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/04-09-13-StMarys.JPG&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;">MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, visited the Twin Cities the weekend of the Veneration of the Cross, April 6-7, 2013, where he presided at services at Saint Mary's Cathedral, Minneapolis.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130409_1.html Serbian Bishop Maxim speaks at Kansas mission http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130408_1.html Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/04-08-13.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;">LAWRENCE, KS [MW Diocese Communicatons] -- Faithful of Saint Nicholas Mission here hosted His Grace, Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Orthodox Church Diocese of Western America, for a series of talks April 4 &ndash; 6, 2013.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130408_1.html IOCC Provides Books To Chicago Area Schoolchildren http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130406_1.html Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/04-03-13-a.jpg&archive=0&final_h=51&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Baltimore, MD [IOCC] -- On the same day that the Chicago Public Schools announced the closure of 54 schools, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) responded with a donation of $1 million in new books to benefit schoolchildren participating in after-school enrichment opportunities, mentoring and summer learning programs in the Chicago area.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130406_1.html Midwest diocesan priest to speak at lenten seminar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130402_2.html Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LANSING, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Priest Danial Doss, Ph.D., will be one of two keynote speakers at the annual lenten seminar sponsored by Saint Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, 1500 East 186 Street, Lansing, IL on Saturday, April 13, 2013.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130402_2.html FOCUS North America expands outreach to Cleveland's needy http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130327_1.html Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/FOCUS-CLEVELAND.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CLEVELAND, OH [FOCUS-NA]&nbsp;--&nbsp; FOCUS North America, a national movement of Orthodox Christians united in faith and joined by a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America, now owns and operates the Saint&nbsp;Herman House of Hospitality here.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130327_1.html St. Tikhon's Seminary opens search for new Dean http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130326_1.html Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] -- The Board of Trustees of <a href="http://www.stots.edu/">Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary</a> here [<a href="http://www.stots.edu/" target="_blank">www.stots.edu</a>] announces a vacancy in the office of Dean, to be filled effective July 1, 2013.&nbsp; Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean are now being accepted.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130326_1.html St. Vladimir's Seminary Dean to speak in Cincinnati http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130323_1.html Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CINCINNATI, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- Archpriest Dr. John Behr, distinguished theologian and Dean of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will speak on "Becoming Human according to the Early Church Fathers" at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Church here on Sunday, April 21, 2013.&nbsp; Lenten Vespers will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m., followed by Father John's presentation, a question and answer session, and fellowship.&nbsp; The presentation is&nbsp;free and open to&nbsp;the public.&nbsp; For additional information, please contact&nbsp;Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff,&nbsp;host pastor,&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="tel:513-351-0907" target="_blank">513-351-0907</a>&nbsp;or<a href="mailto:steven.k@zoomtown.com" target="_blank">steven.k@zoomtown.com</a>.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130323_1.html Minneapolis site of lenten retreat for teens, young adults and 20-somethings http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130322_1.html Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] -- Saint Mary's Cathedral here will sponsor a lenten retreat for teens, young adults, and 20-somethings on Saturday, April 13, 2013.&nbsp; Registration deadline for the retreat is Wednesday, April 10.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130322_1.html Registration still open for college, young adult lenten retreat April 5-7 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130313_1.html Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;">KANSASVILLE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- Registrations are still being accepted for a leten retreat for college students, young adults, and Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] members from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois at the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center here April 5-7, 2013.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130313_1.html Clayton, WI parish youth publish book http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130311_1.html Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/P1070805.JPG&archive=0&final_h=64&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: x-small;">CLAYTON, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Youth Group of Holy Trinity Church here has published a book of original children's stories.&nbsp; Each story has one or more spiritual lessons, and is followed by discussion questions.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130311_1.html STOTS faculty members to speak during Great Lent http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130306_1.html Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] -- Three members of the faculty of Saint Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA, are slated to speak at lenten gatherings across the Midwest.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130306_1.html Georgian Choir to begin US tour in Minneapolis April 3 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130305_2.html Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese&nbsp;Communications] -- The Zedashe Ensemble will open its 2013 US tour with a concert of traditional Georgian Orthodox sacred music at Saint Mary Cathedral, 1701 Fifth Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN,&nbsp;on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 pm.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130305_2.html Chicago area iconography workshops/retreats announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130305_1.html Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">ROCKFORD, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Arlene Tilghman, a Chicago-area iconographer, will be conducting two iconography workshop/retreats at the Bishop Lane Retreat Center here June 23-29 and October 20-26, 2013.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130305_1.html Second year Planting Grant mission “on the move” http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130304_1.html Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/03-04-13.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">LAWRENCE, KS [OCA] -- The mission recently hosted a visit by Priest Christopher Foley from Holy Cross Mission, High Point, NC&mdash;itself a former Planting Grant recipient.&nbsp; He visited on behalf of the OCA&rsquo;s Department of Missions and Evangelization to encourage the faithful in their growth and offer presentations on life in a mission parish.&nbsp; Priest Joshua Lollar, priest-in-charge at Saint Nicholas Mission, and Father Christopher were classmates together at Saint Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130304_1.html Metropolitan Tikhon presides at Diocesan Council meeting http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130220_1.html Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presided at the meeting of the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of the Midwest at Christ the Savior Church here on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.&nbsp; Also attending the meeting were His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania and His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130220_1.html Orthodox Christian Parenting Seminar to be presented in Livonia, MI http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130215_1.html Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/Chirban.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">LIVONIA, MI [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Mariam Center, located on the campus of Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church here, will be hosting a Parenting Seminar on March 2, 2013&nbsp;from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.&nbsp; The public is welcome.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130215_1.html College, young adult lenten retreat to be held in Wisconsin April 5-7 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130209_1.html Sat, 09 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">KANSASVILLE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- Saint Iakovos Retreat Center here will be the site of a lenten retreat for college students, young adults, and Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] members from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois April 5-7, 2013.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130209_1.html Revised Detroit Area Lenten Service Schedule http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130208_2.html Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">DETROIT, MI [COCC] -- The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will observe the first Sunday of Great Lent with a service of Great Vespers March 24, 2013&nbsp;at 6:30 p.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 707 E. Lafayette Blvd., in the city's Greektown district.&nbsp; The service will be part of the cathedral's observation of its patronal feast, the Annunciation of the Theotokos, which occurs March 25 on the Orthodox liturgical calendar.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130208_2.html Dr. Bradley Nassif to lecture at St. Nicholas Church, Kenosha, WI http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130208_1.html Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">KENOSHA, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- Dr. Bradley Nassif, professor of theology, spirituality and the Bible at North Park University, Chicago, will be the featured speaker at Saint Nicholas Church, 4313 18th Avenue, Kenosha, WI on Saturday, April 6, 2013.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130208_1.html Kansas City Area Lenten Services Schedule http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130207_1.html Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Orthodox Christians in the Kansas City area will be gathering together for a series of Sunday evening Lenten Mission Services.&nbsp; Each service will be followed by a Lenten dinner.&nbsp; All services begin at 5:00 p.m.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130207_1.html Twin Cities Lenten Services Schedule http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130206_2.html Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Minnesota Eastern Orthodox Christian Clergy Association will host its traditional series of Sunday evening services during Great Lent, which begins Monday, March 18, 2013.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130206_2.html Pan-Orthodox Concert to benefit member of Sretensky Choir http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130206_1.html Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/poster-web.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications/OCCA] -- A concert of sacred music to benefit Petr Gudkov, a soloist with the Sretensky Choir battling Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma, will be held at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 North Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130206_1.html Chicago Deanery Lenten Services Schedule http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130205_1.html Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Chicago Deanery will host its traditional series of Sunday evening services during Great Lent, which begins Monday, March 18, 2013.</span><br /><br /></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130205_1.html Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Program offers on-line access to new courses http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130202_1.html Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Diaconal%20Program/2013/Announcement-CDV-Spirituality-Milwaukee-2013-page-001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Following trials with two Old Testament class groups and multiple locations, the Midwest Diocesan Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Program will now offer participation in larger classes through internet connection for those who do not have a local cadre of fellow students, or who do not have a local instructor. &nbsp;This increases the number of options available for instruction in cases where there is no local instructor for a certain area of study: either condensed sessions with a visiting instructor or the new online connection. &nbsp;While the internet connections are not always ideal, it allows the students to have a greater participation in the full-format seminars.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130202_1.html Holy Trinity Cathedral's Annual Yolka at Hit! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130124_1.html Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/01-24-HT-Yolka2.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The children of Holy Trinity Cathedral's Church school presented their annual Christmas Yolka on Sunday, January 6, 2013 to the delight of their parish and immediate families.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130124_1.html Diaconal Practicum held January 3-4, 2013 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130122_1.html Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/DSCF3209.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &ndash; The Midwest Diocesan Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Program sponsored a very beneficial diaconal practicum which was held at the Diocesan Center on January 3-4 led by Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov. Archdeacon Kirill has developed a very thorough and detailed instruction in the dynamics of diaconal liturgical service. Fr. Elijah Mueller was present to serve the opening Molieben and Friday morning Matins, as well as to answer any questions about the Diocesan Program.</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130122_1.html Calling All Area Orthodox Youth Faithful! - Lenten Retreat! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130121_1.html Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/Lenten-Retreat-2013.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &ndash; Any and all Orthodox youth faithful are invited to join us at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, 1121 N Leavitt St, Chicago, for a Lenten Retreat on April 6, 2013. A printable flyer with more Retreat details can be found <a href="/files/PDF%20FLYERS/2013/Lenten-Retreat-2013.pdf">here</a>.&nbsp;</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130121_1.html Pan-Orthodox youth folk festival, rally to be held in Chicago area March 9 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130120_1.html Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/01-20-13.png&archive=0&final_h=35&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">ELMHURST, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Youth representing Orthodox Christian parishes throughout the Chicago area will be gathering at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 893 Church Road, Elmhurst, IL on Saturday, March 9, 2013 for the first folk jam sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY].</span></p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130120_1.html Metropolitan Tikhon to be enthroned January 26-27; service, banquet plans announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130111_2.html Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- Plans have been finalized for the enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, DC, on the weekend of January 26-27, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130111_2.html Chicago's fifth annual pan-Orthodox Sanctity of Life service, presentation to be held January 27 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130111_1.html Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2013/2013-Bulletin-Insert.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago [OCCA] will sponsor its fifth annual Pan-Orthodox Christian Sanctity of Life Prayer Service and Presentation at Saint Michael Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, , 7313 North Waukegan Road, Niles, IL at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013.&nbsp;&nbsp; Guest speaker will be Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos, a professor in the Theology Department at Chicago's Loyola University.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_130111_1.html Orthodox Christian leaders - two from the Diocese of the Midwest - discuss outreach at White House Conference http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121221_1.html Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <p>More than 80 representatives of the nation&rsquo;s Orthodox Christian service organizations gathered at the White House here on Friday, December 14, 2012 to discuss strategic service alliances with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The White House Conference on Orthodox Christian Engagement was hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement in conjunction with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and facilitated by <a href="http://www.iocc.org/">International Orthodox Christian Charities</a> [IOCC].</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121221_1.html In Memoriam: The Third Anniversary of the Repose of Archbishop Job http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121217_1.html Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/DEPARTED%20BISHOPS/Job.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Tuesday, December 18, 2012, marks the third anniversary of the repose of His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121217_1.html 2013 OCA Desk Calendar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121212_1.html Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/OCA-desk-cal-2013.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"><p>Have you gotten yours? The Orthodox Church in America&rsquo;s 2013 Desk Calendar is now available for $15.00, which includes postage and handling.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121212_1.html Advent Concert in Minneapolis http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121205_1.html Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Choir of Saint Mary's Cathedral here will present a concert, titled "Make Ready, O Bethlehem: A Festal Journey through the Orthodox Hymnography of Advent," at the cathedral on Saturday, December 8, 2012&nbsp;at 7:30 p.m.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121205_1.html In Memoriam: Archpriest Oleg Mironowicz http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121204_1.html Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Archpriest Oleg Mironowicz, 89, who in retirement was attached to Holy Trinity Cathedral here, peacefully fell asleep in the Lord at home, surrounded by his family, on Monday evening, December 3, 2012.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121204_1.html Chicago site of Diaconal Liturgical Practicum January 3-4, 2013 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121201_1.html Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- <span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;" face="Tahoma" size="2">The Diocese of the Midwest will host a practicum for deacons and those studying for future service in the diaconate January 3-4, 2013,&nbsp;at Christ the Savior Church, Chicago, IL.</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121201_1.html St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir concert and special museum exhibit Saturday, December 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121128_1.html Wed, 28 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/11-28-12.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- Archangel Michael Church here is hosting a special choir concert on Saturday, December 1, 2012.&nbsp; Saint Tikhon's Seminary choir sing the responses at Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m., after which they will perform a concert beginning at 7:00.</p></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121128_1.html Incorporating new members theme of fifth webinar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121123_1.html Fri, 23 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;" face="Arial" size="2">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The fifth in the popular series of one-hour on-line webinars on reaching the unchurched, facilitated by Joseph Kormos, head of the Diocese of the Midwest&rsquo;s Parish Development Ministry, and Archpriest Jonathan Ivanoff, will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.</span></span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121123_1.html Detroit-area parishes to sponsor 'Story of St. Nicholas' party for children http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121121_2.html Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 DETROIT, MI [COCC] -- The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor&nbsp;its third annual "The Story of St. Nicholas," a Nativity-season children's party,<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://0" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors-result="0">on Saturday,&nbsp;</a><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://0" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors-result="0">December 15, 2012 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.</a>&nbsp;at Saint Thomas Church, 29150 W.&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="address" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1">10 Mile Road, Farmington&nbsp;</a><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="address" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1">Hills</a>, MI. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121121_2.html UPDATED - In Memoriam: Matushka June Woronovich http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121121_1.html Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <span><span>BALTIMORE, MD [OCA] -- The Funeral of Matushka June Woronovich, wife of the late Archpriest Andrew Woronovich, will be celebrated at Saint Andrew Church,&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://0" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="address" x-apple-data-detectors-result="0">2028 East Lombard Ave., Baltimore</a>,&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1">at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012</a>.</span><br /><br /><br /></span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121121_1.html Preventing substance use/abuse among youth topic of December 8 Chicago forum http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121115_1.html Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- "How to Talk to Your Kids About Substance Use/Abuse" is the theme of a breakfast forum for Chicago-area Orthodox Christian parents slated to be held at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral here on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121115_1.html 51st Diocesan Assembly reviews recent events, calls for move to proportionate giving http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121114_1.html Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese presided at the 51st Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest was held at Archangel Michael Church here Monday, November 12, 2012.</span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121114_1.html Chicago-area Clergy and Faithful Celebrate Feast of St. John of Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121110_1.html Sat, 10 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/10-31-12b3-St-John-Chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] --&nbsp;Chicago deanery clergy and faithful celebrated the&nbsp;feast day of St. John [Kochurov] of Chicago with the Divine Liturgy&nbsp;at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.</div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121110_1.html Final Delegate Handbook, additional info concerning Assembly, now available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121108_2.html Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The final edition of the Delegate Handbook for the forthcoming Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest, slated to convene in Broadview Heights, OH on Monday, November 12, 2012, is now available on-line at <a href="/files/51st%20ASSEMBLY/2012-delegate-handbook-FINAL.pdf">here</a>.&nbsp; Hard copies of the report book will not be available at the Assembly; participants are asked to download and print copies and to bring them with them to sessions. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121108_2.html New iconography installed in dome of Holy Resurrection Church, Palatine, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121108_1.html Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/11-08-12-Palantine-IL-dome.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><span style="font-family: Verdana;" face="Verdana">PALATINE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- <span style="font-size: small;" size="2">On Friday, October 26, 2012, nine large icons were installed in the dome of Holy Resurrection Church here.</span></span></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121108_1.html Letters regarding Bishop Matthias posted http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121104_1.html Sun, 04 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- On Saturday, November 3, 2012, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor and Temporary Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America, forwarded two letters -- one from the Holy Synod of Bishops, a second from His Grace, Bishop Matthias -- to members of the Diocesan Council and all rectors and priests-in-charge, who were asked to read or post them in all parishes following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 4.<br />&nbsp;<br />The text of the letter of the Holy Synod may be accessed <a href="/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/2012.11.03-Letter-of-Holy-Synod-to-Diocese-of-the-Midwest.pdf">here</a>.<strong>&nbsp; </strong>The text of the letter of Bishop Matthias may be accessed <a href="/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/Letter-of-Bishop-Matthias-to-Diocese-of-Midwest.pdf">here</a>. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121104_1.html Chicago area Old Testament class begins December 1 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121029_1.html Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- "The Old Testament: Law, Prophets and Writings" is the theme of a new course offered by the Diocese of the Midwest catechist and Diaconal Vocations Program.</span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121029_1.html St. John's parish, Campbell, OH, celebrates 95th anniversary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121026_1.html Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">CAMPBELL, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Mark of Baltimore presided at the celebration of the 95th anniversary of Saint John the Baptist Church here the weekend of October 20 and 21, 2012.</span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121026_1.html Missionary/Evangelist Fr. Daniel Byantoro to Speak in Ohio/Indiana Parishes October 27 - November 5 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121022_1.html Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/10-22-12-Byantoro.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=65&percent=100">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Archimandrite Daniel Byantoro of the Orthodox Church in Indonesia (ROCOR) will be speaking at several parishes and college campuses in Ohio and Indiana October 27 through November 5, 2012.</div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121022_1.html Clarification with regard to AAC special assessment http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121018_1.html Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America, issued a memo for the purpose of clarifying the special assessment associated with the 17th All-American Council, slated to be convened in Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.</span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121018_1.html Chicago's Holy Trinity Cathedral to celebrate Feast of Saint John of Chicago http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121016_1.html Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/10-16-12.jpg&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=90&percent=100"> CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications/Holy Trinity Cathedral] -- The clergy and faithful of historic Holy Trinity Cathedral here will commemorate the feast of the Priestmartyr John of Chicago and Tsarskoye Selo with the celebration of the Vigil on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., and the festal Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121016_1.html St. Mary's Cathedral, Minneapolis, celebrates 125th Anniversary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121015_2.html Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/10-14-2012mn.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=58&percent=100"> MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] -- On the weekend of Sunday, October 13-14, 2012 -- the Feast of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary, OS -- the faithful of Saint Mary's Cathedral here celebrated the 125th Anniversary of their parish. <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121015_2.html In Memorian: Protodeacon Vladimir Maksimoff http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121015_1.html Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/10-14-2012.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=56&percent=100"> WARREN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- After a lengthy illness, Protodeacon Vladimir (Walter) Maksimoff fell asleep in the Lord at home, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, October 14, 2012. <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121015_1.html "Parish hospitality: Creating Positive First-Time Experiences for Enquirers" topic of fourth webinar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121011_1.html Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — The fourth in the popular series of one-hour on-line webinars on reaching the unchurched, facilitated by Joseph Kormos, head of the Diocese of the Midwest’s Parish Development Ministry, and Archpriest Jonathan Ivanoff, will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121011_1.html St. Nicholas Church, Lawrence, KS, receives second Church Planting Grant http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121003_1.html Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/10-12-12b.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"> LAWRENCE, KS [MW Diocese Communications] -- For the second consecutive year, Saint Nicholas Church here was awarded a Church Planting Grant from the Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America.<br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121003_1.html St. Mark Church, Rochester Hills, MI, consecrated http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120925_1.html Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/09-25-12c-Rochester-Hills.JPG&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"> ROCHESTER HILLS, MI [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Mark of Baltimore presided at the consecration of Saint Mark Church Saturday, September 22, 2012.<br />  </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120925_1.html Web site for new mission effort in Rolla, MO launched http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120924_1.html Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/MISSIONS%20DEPT/2012/11-24-12-website-launch.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> SPRINGFIELD, MO [MW Diocese Communications] -- With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Matthias, Deacon Joel Wilson, a recent graduate of Saint Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA, is working to inform the public of an effort to establish an Orthodox mission in Rolla, MO and to invite them to join the effort in whatever way they are able.<br />  </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120924_1.html Protection of the Virgin Mary Church, Merrillville, IN, to celebrate 101st anniversary October 6-7 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120921_1.html Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/09-21-12-merrillville.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"> MERRILLVILLE, IN [MW Diocese Communications] -- Archpriest Peter Bodnar and the faithful of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Church here will celebrate their parish's 101st anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 2012.<br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120921_1.html Chicago IOCC Metropolitan Committee announces Sixth Annual 5K "Walk the Walk for IOCC" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120919_3.html Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- In a letter dated September 19, 2012, the Chicago Metropolitan Committee of International Orthodox Christian Charities announced that its Sixth Annual 5K Walk the Walk for IOCC will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120919_3.html Kenosha's St. Nicholas parish enshrines replica of Sitka Icon of the Mother of God http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120919_2.html Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/09-19-12-Sitka-icon.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"> KENOSHA, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- Members of Saint Nicholas Church here gathered with their rector, Priest Stephen Hrycyniak, to bless their parish's &quot;new spiritual treasure&quot; -- an exact replica of the the time-honored Sitka Icon of the Mother of God -- on Sunday, September 2, 2012. <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120919_2.html October 21 Disc Golf Tournament to Benefit Indiana's St. John's Camp Programs http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120919_1.html Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/09-19-12-Camp.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100">CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN [MW Diocese Communications] -- A Disc Golf Tournament to benefit Saint John's Camp Programs will be held on the beautiful grounds of Milligan Park here October 21, 2012, according to Priest Joel Weir, rector of Saint Stephen Church.<br />  </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120919_1.html Parishes observe OCF "College Student Sunday" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120918_1.html Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/09-18-2012.png&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> Parishes across the country honored new and returning college students on Sunday, September 16, 2012, which had been designated &quot;College Student Sunday&quot; by the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, the official collegiate campus ministry program sponsored by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.<br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120918_1.html "Equipping the Parish for Reaching the Unchurched" topic of third Church growth and evangelization series http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120911_1.html Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — The third in the popular series of one-hour on-line webinars on reaching the unchurched, facilitated by Joseph Kormos, head of the Diocese of the Midwest’s Parish Development Ministry, and Archpriest Jonathan Ivanoff, will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. EDT<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120911_1.html Midwest Clergy Wives Retreat to be held October 26-28 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120903_3.html Mon, 03 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/MCW-RETREAT-Broch-pg1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"> RIVES JUNCTION, MI [MW Diocese Communications] -- The annual Midwest Clergy Wives' Retreat will be held at Holy Dormition Monastery here October 26-28, 2012. For full brochure click <a href="/files/PDF FLYERS/2012/MCW-RETREAT-FULL-BROCHURE-2012.pdf" target="_blank" title="files/PDF FLYERS/2012/MCW-RETREAT-FULL-BROCHURE-2012.pdf (3863kb)">here.</a><br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120903_3.html Site of residence for Omaha-area developmentally disabled persons blessed http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120903_2.html Mon, 03 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/09-03-12.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> BELLEVUE, NE [MW Diocese Communications] -- On Saturday, August 18, 2012, His Grace, Bishop Basil of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, assisted by eight clergy representing various Orthodox jurisdictions, blessed the building site for The Sheltering Tree I, a Christ-centered communal residence for developmentally disabled persons.  Future residents, families and friends also were present. <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120903_2.html His Grace, Bp. Matthias' Letter to the Clergy & Faithful http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120903_1.html Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <br />Dear Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest,<br /> <br />Christ is in our midst!<br /> <br />It is with regret that I inform you that a formal complaint was made against me last Friday, August 24, 2012.  The allegations are that I made unwelcome written and spoken comments to a woman that she regarded as an inappropriate crossing of personal boundaries and an abuse of my pastoral authority.  I deny these allegations and I plan to respond in due course. <br /><br />According to the OCA's policies, I am on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed.  Fr. John Zdinak, the Chancellor of the Diocese, will be the temporary administrator in my absence.<br /> <br />Please pray for all of us who are involved in this matter.<br /> <br />Your Shepherd in Christ,<br /> <br />+MATTHIAS<br />Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest  <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120903_1.html Icon reported to be weeping at St. Nicholas Church, Columbus, OH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120831_1.html Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Weeping-Icon.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"> COLUMBUS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, the eve of the Feast of the Icon of Christ &quot;Not Made with Hands&quot; according to the Julian Calendar, an icon of our Lord, of the same type, began weeping at Saint Nicholas Church here. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120831_1.html Diocesan Assembly date changed to coincide with 17th All-American Council http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120828_2.html Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Due to the convocation of the 17th All-American Council at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the 51st Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest has been rescheduled for Monday, November 12.  Previously, it was announced that the Assembly would take place in Cleveland in early October. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120828_2.html Parish bells recovered! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120828_1.html Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/BELLS.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"> OLMSTED FALLS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- At around 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Archpriest Michael Butler, rector of Saint Innocent Church here, received a call from the Olmsted Township Police Department informing him that the set of brass bells that had been stolen from the parish two days earlier had been recovered. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120828_1.html Bells at St. Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, stolen http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120827_1.html Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 LMSTED FALLS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- For the second time in recent years, a Cleveland area parish of the Diocese of the Midwest experienced a major theft. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120827_1.html Bishop Matthias visits St. John of Kronstadt Church, Lincoln, NE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120826_1.html Sun, 26 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Lincoln-NE.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"> LINCOLN, NE [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias visited Saint John of Kronstadt Church Friday-Sunday, August 17-19, 2012.<br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120826_1.html 17th All-American Council to be held Ohio in November http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120823_1.html Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH, will be the site of the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, a one-day gathering on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 -- the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom -- at which a new Primate of the Orthodox Church in America will be elected. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120823_1.html Chicago area pan-Orthodox program aimed at reducing substance use and abuse http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120818_2.html Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/group_officers_new.jpg&archive=0&final_h=36&final_w=90&percent=100"> CICERO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY], a national alliance offering communities an opportunity to heighten awareness of how to combat substance abuse, prevent bullying, encourage sexual abstinence outside of marriage, and encourage respect for the sanctity of the human body, recently established headquarters in Cicero, IL. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120818_2.html Michigan monastery to host Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries' retreat October 12-14 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120818_1.html Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/HEALING-ICON.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=79&percent=100"> RIVES JUNCTION, MI [MW Diocese Communications] -- Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries [OWHM] will hold its 20th annual retreat for women in the medical and healing professions at Holy Dormition Monastery here October 12-14, 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120818_1.html Beirut's Saint Romanos Choir to perform in concert in Chicago area September 11 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120817_1.html Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/BEIRUT-CHOIR.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"> CICERO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Choir of Saint Romanos the Melodist of the Archdiocese of Beirut, Lebanon and the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Greater Chicago will perform in concert at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1220 South 60th Court, Cicero, IL on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120817_1.html Bishop Matthias to attend triple celebration at Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery August 25-26 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120816_1.html Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/2012-0426-myrrhbearers5.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"> OTEGO, NY [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias, will be one of several hierarchs participating in the celebration of the the 35th anniversary of the founding of Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery here August 25-26, 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120816_1.html Palos Hills, IL parish to honor memory of 9/11 victims http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120815_2.html Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 PALOS HILLS, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The annual &quot;Patriots' Day&quot; tribute to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be held at Saint Luke the Evangelist Church here on September 11, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120815_2.html Bishop Matthias visits Holy Trinity Church, Overland Park, KS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120815_1.html Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Bishop-time-with-campers.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"> OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias, accompanied by Subdeacon Alex Koranda, visited Holy Trinity Church the weekend of July 28-29, 2012.<br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120815_1.html St. Thekla Convent at Antiochian Village announces annual pilgrimage, deacons' retreat http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120803_1.html Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/st_thekla_pilgrimage.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=59&percent=100"> LIGONIER, PA [Midwest Diocese Communications] -- With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Matthias of Chicago and the Midwest, we announce that the annual Saint Thekla Pilgrimage will take place at the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese's Convent of Saint Thekla at Antiochian Village here during the weekend of September 21-23, 2012.<br /><br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120803_1.html "Taking Action with the Unchurched" topic of August 22 webinar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120731_1.html Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- &quot;Inviting People to an Orthodox Church: The How and Why of Taking Action with the Unchurched&quot; will be the theme of a one-hour webinar facilitated by Joseph Kormos, head of the Diocese of the Midwest’s Parish Development Ministry, at 8:00 p.m. EDT on August 22, 2012.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120731_1.html Archbishop Nathaniel issues Pastoral Letter marking the beginning of the Dormition Fast http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120726_1.html Thu, 26 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens, issued a pastoral letter concerning the Dormition Fast, which begins on August 1, 2012.<br /><br />The text of the letter reads as follows. It may also be accessed<a href="/files/ARCHPASTORAL LETTERS/2012-07-26T17-pastoral-letter.pdf" target="_blank" title="files/ARCHPASTORAL LETTERS/2012-07-26T17-pastoral-letter.pdf (156kb)"> in PDF format here</a>. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120726_1.html Catechetical and Diaconal Vocations Program — Summer classes and activities http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120724_1.html Tue, 24 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/CAMPS/DeaneryCampPrior-052.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100">CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] -- The Catechetical and Diaconal Vocations Program of the Diocese of the Midwest has seen an explosion of local classes and cohorts of students. Classes established over the course of last year in Livonia MI, Chicago, IL and Cincinnati, OH, are moving forward with subjects in Spirituality and Old Testament respectively.  A new class in Lincoln, NE has begun the cycle of courses with a record class size of 14 students, all from St. John of Kronstadt Orthodox Church (put church website link here).  A new mission station in Jacksonville, IL has scheduled their first class in August, also with a fairly large number of people from a single parish committed to attend.  </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120724_1.html Holy Synod requests prayers for victims of Colorado shooting http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120721_1.html Sat, 21 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- On the morning of Friday, July 20, 2012, Americans awoke to the tragic news that shortly after midnight, seventy-one innocent people attending a screening of &quot;The Dark Knight Rises&quot; in an Aurora, Colorado theater had been shot by a lone gunman. Ten of the victims died at the scene; two others died in area hospitals.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120721_1.html Orthodox presence at Midwest Cornerstone Music Festival http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120720_2.html Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/IMG_1481.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=59&percent=100"> BUSHNELL, IL [MW Diocese Communications/STOTS] -- Members of the Saint Tikhon’s Seminary community, along with seminary alumni and dedicated volunteers, provided an Orthodox Christian presence at the annual Cornerstone Christian Music Festival here recently. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120720_2.html 'Same-sex attraction' theme of Ohio forum http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120720_1.html Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Healing-2012August-PrayerForum.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"> LIMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- Same-sex attraction will be the theme of a forum, &quot;Hope for Healing,&quot; sponsored by Saint Stephen the First Martyr Church here August 24-26, 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120720_1.html Locum Tenens, Administrator, Officers and External Affairs Director meet http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120714_1.html Sat, 14 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens, met via conference call with His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, Temporary Administrator of the Orthodox Church in America; the Church’s officers; and Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, to discuss the transition in the OCA and procedures for Chancery operations. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120714_1.html Holy Synod, OCA officers, Metropolitan Council meet http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120712_4.html Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA/July 11, 2012] -- On Tuesday evening, July 10, 2012, members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, officers of the Church, and members of the Metropolitan Council met via conference call to discuss the recent resignation of Metropolitan Jonah. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120712_4.html Enquiries concerning recent events http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120712_3.html Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA/July 10, 2012] -- With the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America continues to receive requests from the faithful and from the media for additional information.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120712_3.html Holy Synod appoints Archbishop Nathaniel Locum Tenens, Bishop Michael Temporary Administrator http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120712_2.html Mon, 09 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA/July 9, 2012] -- On Monday, July 9, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops met via conference call to further discuss His Beatitude’s resignation, as reported earlier on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120712_2.html Metropolitan Jonah tenders resignation http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120712_1.html Sun, 08 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA/July 8, 2012] -- In a letter addressed to the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops dated Friday, July 6, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah tendered his resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120712_1.html "My Soul Magnifies the Lord" theme of Indiana women's retreat September 29 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120711_2.html Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 MERRILLVILLE, IN [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary parish here will sponsor its annual women's retreat Saturday, September 29, 2012 on the theme &quot;My Soul Magnifies the Lord.&quot; Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120711_2.html Chicago site of OCAMPR conference on infertility, miscarriage and early child loss http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120711_1.html Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [OCAMPR] -- The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion [OCAMPR] will sponsor a national conference titled &quot;The Child Conceived: Considering Infertility, Miscarriage, and Early Child Loss,&quot; at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral here Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120711_1.html Archpastoral Letter # 147 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120710_3.html Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 July 15, 2012<br />Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils<br />Holy Prince Vladimir the Great, Equal of the Apostles<br /><a href="/files/ARCHPASTORAL LETTERS/147-ARCHPASTORAL-LETTER.pdf" target="_blank" title="files/ARCHPASTORAL LETTERS/147-ARCHPASTORAL-LETTER.pdf (222kb)">No. 147</a><br /><br />Beloved Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest,<br /><br />Christ is in our midst!<br /><br />This past week has been a challenging time for the Orthodox Church in America, and, I am certain, for many of our faithful.  I am sure that rumors are running rampant and the blogs are busy with their &quot;spins&quot; and conclusions. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120710_3.html "Reaching the unchurched" topic of July 18 webinar http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120710_2.html Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- &quot;The Unchurched: How to Reach the Lost, the Lapsed and the Letdownm&quot; will be the theme of a webinar conducted by Archpriest Jonathan Ivanoff, Director of Mission and Evangelism of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120710_2.html Feast of SS. Peter and Paul celebrated at Detroit Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120710_1.html Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/162.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> DETROIT, MI [Midwest Diocese Communications] -- Clergy and faithful from throughout the Michigan Deanery gathered at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral here for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on the parish's patronal feastday June 29, 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120710_1.html Ohio teacher to begin long-term mission to Guatemala's Hogar Rafael Ayau http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120706_1.html Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Fundraising-Card.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"> LAKEWOOD, OH [Midwest Diocese Communications] -- With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Matthias of Chicago, Olivia Morton will begin her tenure as a long-term missionary to the Hogar Rafael Ayau, Guatemala City, Guatemala in October 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120706_1.html Metropolitan Meletios [Kalamaras] of Nikopolis and Preveza, Greece falls asleep in the Lord http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120621_4.html Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/pb-beasll.large-450-x-450-max.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=58&percent=100"> CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- According to a release posted on the web site of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, His Eminence, Metropolitan Meletios [Kalamaras] of Nikopolis and Preveza, Greece, 79, fell asleep in the Lord on June 21, 2012. Of late, he had faced several major health issues. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120621_4.html Thank you in advance for your generous response "SOS Sunday" -- June 24! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120621_3.html Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- As announced several weeks ago, Sunday, June 24, 2012 has been designated &quot;Support Our Seminarians Sunday,&quot; after which all parishes of the Diocese of the Midwest have been asked to send funds raised through special collections and other means to the Diocese to help Midwest seminarians in meeting their educational and living expenses. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120621_3.html Bishop Matthias celebrates 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120621_2.html Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Matthias-40th.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- On Monday, June 18, 2012, His Grace, Bishop Matthias celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral here marking the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the holy priesthood. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120621_2.html St. Nicholas Church, Kenosha, WI, celebrates 100th anniversary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120621_1.html Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 KENOSHA, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias, presided at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Saint Nicholas Church here on the weekend of June 9-10, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120621_1.html In Memoriam: Priest Theodore Federoff http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120615_1.html Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 LORAIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] – Priest Dr. Theodore Federoff, 64, of Elyria, OH, fell asleep in the Lord at New Life Hospice Residential Center here on Thursday, June 14, 2012, following a lengthy illness. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120615_1.html Bishop Matthias released from hospital http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120608_1.html Fri, 08 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> His Grace, Bishop Matthias, was released from hospital on the evening of Thursday, June 7, 2012.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120608_1.html Bishop Hospitalized for Observation http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120606_1.html Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- In the afternoon of Tuesday, June 5, 2012, His Grace, Bishop Matthias, was checked into the hospital for observation.  His blood-sugar levels are being monitored.  He is resting comfortably.  <br /><br />Your patience and love is appreciated if Vladyka does not promptly respond to email and phone calls.  Please keep His Grace in your prayers.  <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120606_1.html ARCHPASTORAL GUIDELINES OF BISHOP MATTHIAS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120601_2.html Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Dear Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers,<br /><br />At our Clergy Convocation held May 7-9, 2012, we discussed to a lesser or greater degree various aspects of diocesan and parish life. Much of what I put forth came about after reflecting on my parish visits from the time of my election through the convocation -- my first as your bishop. It was during these pastoral visits that it became evident to me that consistency of practice was something that was needed within the Diocese of the Midwest.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120601_2.html PENTECOST ARCHPASTORAL LETTER OF BISHOP MATTHIAS – 2012 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120601_1.html Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Icons/Pentecost.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=72&percent=100"> <span style="font-style: italic;">“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them” (Acts 2:1-3).</span><br /><br />Pentecost was the birth of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. With the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Church was given all that was needed for the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ to continue through the Holy Apostles and their successors. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120601_1.html SOS -- June designated "Support Our Seminarians Month" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120529_1.html Tue, 29 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/SOS-2.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"> It is a well known fact that the cost of a college education has skyrocketed in recent years. Many students are forced to rely on loans to pay tuition and living expenses, often leaving them in debt before they even begin their first job. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120529_1.html Bishop Matthias visits Saint Joseph Church, Wheaton, Illinois http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120529_3.html Tue, 29 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"> WHEATON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias, made his first official archpastoral visit to Saint Joseph Church here on Sunday, May 13, 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120529_3.html Burr Ridge Lenten Retreat http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120529_2.html Tue, 29 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 St. Peter &amp; St. Paul Orthodox Church, Burr Ridge, IL will hold a St. Peter &amp; St. Paul Lenten Fast Retreat on June 16, 2012.  Additional information and flyer for distribution can be found <a href="/files/PDF FLYERS/2012/Burr-Ridge-Retreat.pdf" target="_blank" title="files/PDF FLYERS/2012/Burr-Ridge-Retreat.pdf (13kb)">here</a>.  RSVP:  Duke Jovanovich (708) 485-4566.<br />  Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120529_2.html Fr. Andrew Harrison ministering in Africa http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120521_1.html Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Palos Hills, IL<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> [MW Diocese Communications]</span> - May 11, 2012 Fr. Andrew Harrison, rector of St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church in Palos Hills IL, traveled to Nairobi, Africa to join with an OCMC mission team ministering in Africa.   Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120521_1.html Registration now open for Chicago Deanery summer camp July 4-7 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120516_2.html Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 EAST TROY, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- Registration for the Chicago Deanery's annual summer camp, to be held at Edwards YMCA Camp here July 4-7, 2012, is now open.  For a camp flyer, <a href="/files/PDF FLYERS/2012/camp-flyer-2012.pdf" target="_blank" title="files/PDF FLYERS/2012/camp-flyer-2012.pdf (141kb)">click here.</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120516_2.html Diocesan Clergy Convocation attracts largest attendance ever! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120516_1.html Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 DARIEN, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Over 80 priests and deacons from throughout the Diocese of the Midwest gathered at Aylesford Carmelite Retreat Center here Monday through Wednesday, May 7 - 9, 2012, for their annual Clergy Convocation. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120516_1.html Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] consecrated Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian diocese http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120507_1.html Mon, 07 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/consecration-338.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> ROSSFORD, OH [OCA.org]: Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] was consecrated Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese during a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy here at Saint George Orthodox Cathedral on Saturday, May 5, 2012.<br /><br />*Addition* - The faithful of SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, Milwaukee, hosted a &quot;farewell&quot; social for Bishop Alexander [Golitzin] on 29 April, the Sunday before his consecration. Photo gallery <a href="http://www.midwestdiocese.org/photos/index.php?album=04-29-12-golitzin-farewell">here</a>.<br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120507_1.html Bishop Matthias to participate in episcopal consecration of Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120504_1.html Fri, 04 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/05-04-12.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"> TOLEDO, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias, will be among the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops who will concelebrate with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah at the consecration of Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] to the episcopacy at Saint George Cathedral here Saturday, May 5, 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120504_1.html St. Vladimir's Seminary Chicago area alumni enjoy post-Pascha reunion http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120501_1.html Tue, 01 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Group.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"> WHEATON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Over 35 alumni, friends, and prospective seminarians gathered at Saint Joseph Church here April 20, 2012, for a Bright Friday dinner sponsored by the the Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Alumni Association. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120501_1.html Chicago area choirs to present concert of Paschal music May 20 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120425_3.html Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 BURR RIDGE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- A concert of liturgical music, &quot;The Music of Pascha of the Orthodox Church,&quot; will be presented at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 6980 County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.   Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120425_3.html May 20 Detroit dinner-dance to benefit retired clergy, widows http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120425_2.html Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 DETROIT, MI [COCC] -- The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its annual &quot;Spring Fling&quot; dinner-dance to benefit retired Orthodox priests and priests' widows on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the banquet center of the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of Saint Mary, 18100 Merriman Rd., Livonia, MI.  Printable flyer <a title="files/PDF FLYERS/2012/SpringFling-62-1.pdf (564kb)" target="_blank" href="/files/PDF FLYERS/2012/SpringFling-62-1.pdf">here</a>.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120425_2.html Noted international author, lecturer Jim Forest to speak in Oberlin-Lorain, OH area May 4-5 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120425_1.html Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/FOREST.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=63&percent=100"> OBERLIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- Jim Forest, author of &quot;Praying with Icons&quot; and numerous other widely read Orthodox Christian books, will be the guest of the Oberlin College Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Saints Peter and Paul Church, Lorain, OH, Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, 2012. <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120425_1.html St. Theodosius Cathedral site of annual Paschal concert http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120419_2.html Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/04-29-12-Theodosius-Dome.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=82&percent=100"> CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- &quot;The Angel Cried,&quot; a concert of the hymns of Pascha, will be presented at Saint Theodosius Cathedral, 733 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, OH on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.  Printable flyer <a title="files/PDF FLYERS/PASCHA-Concert-2012.pdf (202kb)" target="_blank" href="/files/PDF FLYERS/PASCHA-Concert-2012.pdf">here</a>. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120419_2.html Children's Book Launch Party at Holy Trinity Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120419_1.html Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Launch-Party-Flyer-Full-Color.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"> CHICAGO, IL [Holy Trinity Cathedral] -- A launch party to introduce the children's book, &quot;Josiah and Julia Go to Church; A Young Child's Guide to Church Etiquettte,&quot; will be held at Holy Trinity Cathedral's social hall at 1121 N. Leavitt Street, Chicago, on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.<br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120419_1.html Bishop Matthias opens Holy Week at Chicago's Holy Trinity Cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120410_1.html Sun, 08 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Clergy and faithful from throughout the Chicago Deanery filled Holy Trinity Cathedral here on the evening of Palm Sunday, April 8, 2012, as His Grace, Bishop Matthias presided at the celebration of Bridegroom Matins.  Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120410_1.html Pascha 2012 - Archpastoral Message http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120409_2.html Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Dearly Beloved Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest!<br /><h3 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(102, 0, 102);">Christ Is Risen!</h3>When the Lord approached the tomb of Lazarus and met his sister, Martha, our Lord said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)  This question posed to Martha is a question directed to us as well.  Do we believe the words of Christ?  Do we believe that He has the divine authority to raise the dead on the last day, as well as here in this world?  Do we believe He is the resurrection and the life? Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120409_2.html IOCC Pan-Orthodox Grand Banquet http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120409_1.html Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2012/chicago-banquet2012-flyer2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"> <span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(153, 0, 102);">When</span>:  Thursday, May 10, 2012<br /><span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(153, 0, 102);">Where</span>:  Rosewood Restaurant &amp; Banquets, Rosemont, IL<br /><span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(153, 0, 102);">Keynote Speaker</span>:  Rada K. Tierney, IOCC Communications Manager<br /><br />A printable flyer with full details is available <a title="files/PDF FLYERS/2012/chicago-banquet2012-flyer2.pdf (1864kb)" target="_blank" href="../files/PDF%20FLYERS/2012/chicago-banquet2012-flyer2.pdf">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">IOCC, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond. </span><br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120409_1.html Interview with Bishop Matthias available on Assembly web site http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120406_1.html Fri, 06 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- In recent months, the web site of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America has made available a series of video interviews with various US hierarchs.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120406_1.html St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir, Dean, visit Ohio parishes http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120403_1.html Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/CHOIR.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> LORAIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- The choir of Saint Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA, sang at Saints Peter and Paul Church here on Saturday, March 17, 2012, in conjunction with a lenten retreat at which the seminary's Dean, Archpriest Alexander Atty, spoke.  The invitation to visit the parish had been extended by Archpriest Basil Stoyka, rector. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120403_1.html Bishop Matthias ordains two diocesan seminarians at St. Vladimir's Seminary http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120402_1.html Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/IMG_3459-copy.JPG&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"> CRESTWOOD, NY [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias made his second visit to Saint Vladimir's Seminary here as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest during the fifth weekend of Great Lent 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120402_1.html Applications for 2012 Parish Development Grants are now being accepted http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120329_1.html Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- For the fifth consecutive year, the Diocese of the Midwest is accepting applications for Parish Development Grants. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120329_1.html Pan-Orthodox Akathistos Services to be held in Chicago Tuesday, April 3 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120324_1.html Sat, 24 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago will host the celebration of the Akathistos Hymn to the Mother of God in two locations on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120324_1.html Pastoral Visit: Ash Grove & Springfield, MO http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120322_2.html Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Vladyka-Visit-3-2012.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"> His Grace MATTHIAS, Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest Diocese (OCA), made Pastoral Visits to Theotokos &quot;Unexpected Joy&quot; Orthodox Church in Ash Grove, MO and St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church in Springfield, MO, March 16-18, 2012.  </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120322_2.html New OCA chancellor to deliver fourth annual lecture at historic Minneapolis cathedral http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120322_1.html Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0400 MINNEAPOLIS, MN  [MW Diocese Communications] -- The 2012 Annual Saint Alexis (Toth) Lecture will take place at the historic Saint Mary's Cathedral in northeast Minneapolis on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120322_1.html Chicago-area alumni, friends of St. Vladimir's Seminary invited to Bright Friday gathering http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120315_1.html Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0400 WHEATON, IL [MW Diocese Communications/SVOTS] -- Alumni and friends of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY, are invited to attend a fellowship dinner at Saint Joseph Church, 412 Crescent Street, Wheaton, IL on Bright Friday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120315_1.html Detroit site of "urban mission" retreat June 20-24, 2012 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120313_1.html Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Urban-Mission-2012.jpg&archive=0&final_h=20&final_w=90&percent=100"> DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] -- Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Church here, a parish of the Orthodox Church in America's Romanian Episcopate, will host a hands-on urban missionary retreat June 20-24, 2012. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120313_1.html Archimandrite Meletios to deliver lecture in Chicago April 28 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120311_1.html Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Monastery.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"> CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Abbot of the Orthodox Church in America's Monastery of Saint John of San Francisco, Manton, CA, will deliver a lecture at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 North Sheridan Rd., Chicago, on Saturday, April 28, at 3:00 p.m. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120311_1.html Cleveland site of April 29 dinner to benefit Hogar Rafael Ayau http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120309_1.html Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Vladyka--Hogar-Children.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias of Chicago and the Midwest and the Friends of the Hogar Rafael Ayau invite the public to the &quot;Walk With Angels Dinner&quot; for the benefit of the orphanage on Sunday, April 29, 2012. <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120309_1.html 2013 Project Mexico Diocesan Mission Trip http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120307_2.html Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Please click more info for contact information about this mission trip!<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120307_2.html Bp. Matthias visits St. Andrew's in Ohio http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120307_1.html Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Sunday, March 4, 2012 His Grace, Bishop Matthias was in Cleveland, OH to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120307_1.html In Memoriam: Matushka Ruth Kuchta http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120304_1.html Sun, 04 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 JOLIET, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Matushka Ruth Kuchta, wife of Archpriest John Elias Kuchta, retired rector of Saint Nicholas Church here, fell asleep in the Lord after a lengthy illness on the morning of Sunday, March 4, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120304_1.html Eastern Orthodox members trying to grow in Jacksonville (Il) http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120302_1.html Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Jacksonville.jpg&archive=0&final_h=61&final_w=90&percent=100"> For Karen Woods of Jacksonville, attending Divine Liturgy, the primary worship service in the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, has meant making a 90-minute trek one way to Quincy’s St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mission Church each Sunday.<br /><br />Woods, a convert to Orthodoxy along with her husband, Martin, and son, Andrew, 18, is hoping to generate interest in the faith in her community of about 20,000, 35 miles west of Springfield.  </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120302_1.html Fr. Thomas Hopko to speak in Chicago area http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120228_1.html Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY, will speak at Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2350 East Dempster St., Des Plaines, IL on Friday, March 23, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120228_1.html Diaconal Vocations Classes in four Diocesan Locations http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120227_1.html Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Diocesan Diaconal Vocations classes are now running in four locations: Chicago, IL; Green Bay, WI; Cincinnati, OH and Detroit, MI area (Livonia).<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120227_1.html Bishop Matthias meets with college students, young adults in Wheaton, Illinois http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120225_1.html Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/ARTICLES/OCF1-Wheaton-2012.jpg&archive=0&final_h=51&final_w=90&percent=100"> WHEATON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Students from Wheaton College, the College of DuPage, and neighboring schools and working young adults welcomed His Grace, Bishop Matthias to Saint Joseph Church here on Friday, February 24, 2012.<br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120225_1.html "The Church Belongs to Everyone" -- An interview with Fr. Moses Berry http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120224_1.html Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/Fr.-Moses.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"> <br />ASH GROVE, MO [MW Diocese Communications] -- Father Moses Berry, a priest of the Diocese of the Midwest who ministers at the Theotokos &quot;Unexpected Joy&quot; Orthodox Church here, shares his unique story in an interview posted recently on the Orthodox Church in America's web site, titled &quot;The Church Belongs to Everyone.&quot; </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120224_1.html St. Vladimir’s Seminary Implements Fully Paid Tuition Plan http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120221_1.html Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 [SVOTS Communications, Yonkers, NY]  “It is now possible for students to come to our seminary with their tuition fully funded,” announced Archpriest John Behr, dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, as he unfolded a new plan designed to help theological graduate students cover the cost of their education.   <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120221_1.html In Memoriam: Matushka Jeanne M. Homik http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120215_1.html Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 PERRYSBURG, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- Matushka Jeanne M. [Timm] Homik, 78, wife of the late Protodeacon Peter Homik, fell asleep in the Lord at the Otterbein Care Center here on Sunday, February 12, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120215_1.html Episcopal Assembly issues "Record of Protest" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120214_1.html Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 February 2, 2012 the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, issued a <span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;Record of Protest Against the Infringement of Religious Liberty by the Department of Health and Human Services&quot;</span>.  You can read the full text <a href="http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/releases/protest-against-hhs">here</a>. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120214_1.html Chicago's Trinity "O" Club To Host Blini Luncheon http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120213_3.html Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO, IL [Trinity &quot;O&quot; Club] -- Blini, blintz, blinchiki, blins.  There are many ways to say it, but only one day to enjoy them at Holy Trinity &quot;O&quot; Club's annual Blini Luncheon. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120213_3.html First phase of Minneapolis’ St. Mary Cathedral interior restoration nears completion http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120213_2.html Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/2012/MINNEAPOLIS-2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"> MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Diocese Communications] -- For the first time since 1982, the faithful of Saint Mary Cathedral here have undertaken a major renovation of their historic temple. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120213_2.html Bishop Matthias visits Columbus' Saint Nicholas Church http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120211_1.html Sat, 11 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 COLUMBUS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- For the first time since his consecration as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest, His Grace, Bishop Matthias visited Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Church here February 4-5, 2012.  He was welcomed to the parish by its rector, Archpriest Miroljub Ruzic, and the faithful of the community. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120211_1.html Annual Pan-Orthodox Celebration of Books opens March 11, 2012 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120209_1.html Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 WESTCHESTER, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Over the years, the annual &quot;Celebration of Books&quot; sponsored by the Metropolis of Chicago at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church here has become a much anticipated lenten event for Chicago-area faithful. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120209_1.html Diocesan catechist, diaconal vocations program to begin in Chicago February 25 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120208_2.html Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- &quot;Spirituality&quot; will be the focus of the first in a new cycle of courses in Chicago in the Diocese of the Midwest's Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Program.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120208_2.html Community blood drive at the Diocesan Chancery http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120208_1.html Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2012/Blood-Drive.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100">On Saturday, February 4, the faithful of Christ the Savior Parish hosted a community blood drive at the Diocesan Chancery.   This was the second blood drive held at the Diocesan Headquarters. We have plans for this to be an annual community event. <br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120208_1.html Bp. Matthias visits St. Innocent Orthodox Church http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120206_2.html Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(153, 0, 0);">Bp. Matthias visits St. Innocent Orthodox Church</span>, Olmstead Falls, OH January 29, 2012.  Photos can be viewed <a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=bb5bb1e276949ec0&sid=0AcNWzJw2csmLlQ">here.</a> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120206_2.html +Bp. Matthias visits St. Makarios Mission http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120206_1.html Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div style="text-align: left; color: rgb(153, 0, 0);"><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">His Grace, Bp. Matthias visited the mission for the second time, the first after his consecration as Bishop of Chicago, where he awarded the Gold Cross to Fr. Elijah Mueller.  </span><br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120206_1.html His Grace, Bishop Matthias answers "Why Am I Still Here?" http://ocawonder.com/2012/01/17/because-of-the-words-of-eternal-life/ Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2012/01-27/Chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100">OCA’s “Wonder” Blog theme for the month is “Why Am I Still Here?”  Our beloved Bishop Matthias answers, “Because of the Words of Eternal Life”.<br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://ocawonder.com/2012/01/17/because-of-the-words-of-eternal-life/ Minutes of December 2, 2011 Diocesan Council meeting posted http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120126_2.html Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] - The minutes of the December 2, 2011 meeting of the Midwest Diocesan Council have been reviewed and approved by His Grace, Bishop Matthias.  The minutes, in PDF format, may be accessed <a href="/files/DIOCESAN COUNCIL/MINUTES/2011-December-Diocesan-Council-Mins.pdf" target="_blank" title="files/DIOCESAN COUNCIL/MINUTES/2011-December-Diocesan-Council-Mins.pdf (11kb)">here.</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120126_2.html OCLife-Chicago announces plans to establish first Orthodox-sponsored maternity home in the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120126_1.html Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- Plans are moving forward toward the establishment of an Orthodox-sponsored maternity home -- the first in the Midwest -- in the Chicago area. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120126_1.html Blessing of the Great Waters of the Kaw & MO Rivers http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120125_1.html Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2012/01-25/water.jpg&archive=0&final_h=52&final_w=90&percent=100"> <p>Sunday, January 22, 2012, Fr. Timothy Sawchak, Rector of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (Overland Park, KC) and Dean was interviewed by NBC Action News at the Blessing of the Great Waters of the Kaw and MO Rivers.</p> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120125_1.html Bishop Matthias joins hierarchs, faithful at DC March for Life http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120124_1.html Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2012/01-24/PHOTO-1.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"> WASHINGTON, DC [MW Diocese Communications] -- Bishop Matthias joined Metropolitan Jonah and Bishops Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, and Michael of New York and New Jersey in the US capital on Monday, January 23, 2012, for the 39th annual March for Life. </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120124_1.html Lima's St. Stephen Mission welcomes Bishop Matthias http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120120_2.html Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2012/01-20/visit22.jpg&archive=0&final_h=62&final_w=90&percent=100"> <div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">LIMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- Archpriest Mark Hodges and the faithful of Saint Stephen the First Martyr Church here welcomed His Grace, Bishop Matthias, for his first archpastoral visit to the community the weekend of January 14-15, 2012.  Photo gallery <a href="http://www.midwestdiocese.org/photos/index.php?album=lima-oh">here.</a><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div> </div> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120120_2.html Bishop Matthias visits St. Nicholas Church, Joliet, IL, installs new pastor http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120120_1.html Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 JOLIET, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- His Grace, Bishop Matthias, made his first archpastoral visit to Saint Nicholas Church here on Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, 2011.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120120_1.html Diocesan Seminarians have their own page! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120119_1.html Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Those men who have heard the call to ministry from our Diocese now have a dedicated page where you can read about them and pray for them and their families.  View it <a href="/diocesanseminarians.html">here</a>!<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120119_1.html DVD FEATURES BISHOP MATTHIAS WITH CHILDREN OF GUATEMALA'S HOGAR RAFAEL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120104_1.html Wed, 04 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0500 LAKEWOOD, OH -- As a New Year special, the Friends of the Hogar Rafael are offering a free 25 minute DVD titled “A Home Forever,” with the purchase of the CD, <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.friendsofthehogar.org/Cds.htm">“Hymns of the Hogar.”</a></em> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120104_1.html MINOT, ND PARISH ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111222_1.html Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>MINOT, ND [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> Igumen Anastassy [Fehr] acknowledges that, while the faithful of Saint Peter the Aleut Church here are &quot;still not out of the woods&quot; after massive flooding all but destroyed their church this past summer, they are fully on the road to recovery!</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111222_1.html PASTORAL LETTER FOR THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD - 2011 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111219_1.html Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Beloved Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest:</p><p>Christ is Born! - Glorify Him!</p><p>&quot;But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.&quot;<br />(Galatians 4:4-5)</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111219_1.html BLESSING OF CROSS TO MARK THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF ARCHBISHOP JOB'S REPOSE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111216_1.html Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> Sunday, December 18, 2011, marks the second anniversary of the repose of His Grace, Bishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111216_1.html BISHOP MATTHIAS VISITS ST. TIKHON'S SEMINARY http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111214_1.html Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> On Monday and Tuesday, December 12 and 13, 2011, His Grace, Bishop Matthias of Chicago and the Midwest visited students at Saint Tikhon's Seminary here.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111214_1.html NEW VIDEO RECOUNTS 2011 MISSION TRIP TO PROJECT MEXICO IN MEMORY OF ARCHBISHOP JOB http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111109_2.html Wed, 09 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> A video recounting the experiences of the 150-plus individuals who participated in the mission trip to Project Mexico's Saint Innocent Orphanage July 12-18, 2011 is now available for viewing and downloading at <a href="http://vimeo.com/30930039">http://vimeo.com/30930039</a>.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111109_2.html 50TH DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY HELD AT ALL-AMERICAN COUNCIL SITE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111109_1.html Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>BELLEVUE, WA [Midwest Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> Over 80 clergy and lay delegates from across the Diocese of the Midwest joined His Grace, Bishop Matthias, at the 50th Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest on October 31, 2011 &mdash; the Feast of Saint John of Chicago.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111109_1.html OPENING AT HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, PARMA, OH ANNOUNCED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111108_1.html Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> With the impending retirement of Archpriest Vladimir Berzonsky, the office of Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Parma, OH, will become vacant, effective March 1, 2012.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111108_1.html 50TH ASSEMBLY OF THE DIOCESE OF THE MIDWEST - WELCOME LETTER http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111003_1.html Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>The entirety of the Diocesan Assembly will take place during the day on Monday, October 31, 2011, in the Cedar Ballroom on the second floor. All delegates must arrive the prior evening, Sunday, October 30, in order to be able to attend the Assembly.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_111003_1.html FIVE PARISHES, THREE MISSIONS RECEIVE GRANTS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110912_2.html Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> In a sign that more and more communities are considering new ways to strengthen their parish and to shine the light of Christ into the world, the Diocesan Parish Development Ministry received a record number of applications for Parish Development Grants this summer. Three applications were received from mission communities. Three came from urban parishes and one from a rural parish. Most applications were from parishes that had never submitted a development grant application.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110912_2.html BISHOP MATTHIAS PRESIDES AT 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF CLEVELAND'S ST. THEODOSIUS CATHEDRAL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110912_1.html Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> Archpriest John Zdinak and the faithful of Saint Theodosius Cathedral here welcomed His Grace, Bishop Matthias of Chicago and the Midwest, Cleveland area clergy, and faithful from sister parishes at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the construction of the cathedral during the second weekend of September 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110912_1.html MIRACULOUS HAWAII IVERON ICON TO BE IN LORAIN, OH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110919_1.html Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LORAIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> Saints Peter and Paul Church here will have the honor of hosting the myrrh-streaming "Hawaii" Iveron Icon of the Mother of God on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110919_1.html FR. THOMAS HOPKO TO SPEAK AT 17TH SYNERGY SYMPOSIUM http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110831_1.html Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CICERO, IL [Synergy] <i>--</i> Orthodox Christian Synergy, the Chicago-area Pan-Orthodox association, will host its 17th annual Symposium at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cicero, IL, on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko will address the symposium theme, "Orthodoxy and Homosexuality."</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110831_1.html WISCONSIN PAN-ORTHODOX WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION TO HOST CONFERENCE OCTOBER 22 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110823_1.html Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MILWAUKEE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> The Orthodox Christian Women's Association of Wisconsin [OCWA] will host an educational conference, "Doing Good Deeds," at the American Serb Memorial Hall here from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110823_1.html ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NAVY SEAL KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN TO BE LAID TO REST IN MINNESOTA http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110822_2.html Mon, 22 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>ST. PAUL, MN [OCA] <i>--</i> A visitation for Chief Petty Officer John Weston Faas, 31, one of 22 Navy SEALs killed with eight other US troops when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, will be held at Holy Trinity Church [OCA], 956 Forest St., St. Paul, from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110822_2.html ARCHPASTORAL LETTER OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP MATTHIAS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110802_1.html Tue, 02 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>In light of the ongoing discussions and debates about &ldquo;same sex marriage&rdquo;, I felt the need to address our faithful concerning this issue. Although it would appear to me that the Church doctrine and Scripture has been clear about this issue, there are those who "twist" the Scriptures and the Canons of the Church to fit their own needs. We have always believed that the interpretation of Scripture lies within the framework of "Holy Tradition" and the experience and interpretation of the Holy Fathers before us. Who are we to interpret the Scripture outside of this Sacred Tradition? Only those, who do not have the light of Christ, will interpret Scripture to their own ends.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110802_1.html BISHOP MATTHIAS ASKS FOR PRAYERS, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR FLOODED SAINT PETER CHURCH, MINOT, ND http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110801_2.html Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MINOT, ND [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> As widely reported, Saint Peter the Aleut Church here sustained significant damage in the floods that ravaged the city and displaced nearly its entire population in late June 2011.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110801_2.html "EYE WITNESS" ACCOUNT OF FLOODING AT ST. PETER THE ALEUT CHURCH, MINOT, ND http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110801_1.html Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MINOT, ND [OCA] <i>--</i> As widely reported, Saint Peter the Aleut Church here sustained damage during the recent floods. From various sources, we have learned that the damage to the church is extensive.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110801_1.html CELEBRATION OF 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF CLEVELAND CATHEDRAL SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER 9-11 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110718_2.html Sun, 17 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> This year marks the 100th anniversary of the construction of Saint Theodosius Cathedral here. In commemoration of this historic event, Archpriest John Zdinak, cathedral dean, and the parish faithful are planning a weekend of liturgical and social events Friday through Sunday, September 9-11, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110718_2.html UPDATED IN MEMORIAM: PROTODEACON NICHOLAS DZUBAY http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110718_1.html Sun, 17 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>BARRON, WI [OCA] <i>--</i> Protodeacon Nicholas Dzubay, 84, of Holy Trinity Church, Clayton, WI, fell asleep in the Lord here on Sunday evening, July 17, 2011. Protodeacon Nicholas had been ailing for several weeks following surgery.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110718_1.html VIDEO CONFIRMS FLOODING AT MINOT'S SAINT PETER THE ALEUT CHURCH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110704_4.html Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MINOT, ND [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> While obtaining specific information on the status of Saint Peter the Aleut parish here, an aerial YouTube video posted on the web site of the Grand Forks [ND] Herald at <a href="http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/207852/group/homepage">www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/207852/group/homepage</a> clearly indicates that the church is under water.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110704_4.html INDONESIAN FR. DANIEL BYANTORO TO SPEAK AT OHIO CONFERENCE ON ORTHODOXY AND ISLAM http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110704_3.html Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>LIMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> Father Daniel Byantoro, the founder of the Indonesian Orthodox Mission and a convert from Islam, will be among the speakers at a conference titled "Orthodoxy and Islam: Crisis and Opportunity," at Saint Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Mission here August 19-21, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110704_3.html BISHOP MATTHIAS TO VISIT CHESTERTON, IN MISSION http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110610_1.html Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHESTERTON, IN [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> His Grace, Bishop Matthias will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr Church, Chesterton, IN, Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110610_1.html 2011 URBAN MINISTRY SUMMIT SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110609_1.html Thu, 09 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>COLUMBUS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> A two-day Urban Ministry Conference for parishes looking to begin or expand outreach ministries to their neighbors and the broader community will be held at Saint Gregory of Nyssa Church here Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26-27, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110609_1.html SUMMER CAMPING SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110603_1.html Fri, 03 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- As the school year winds down, the Midwest Diocese's summer camps are gearing up for a great 2011 season.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110603_1.html OPENING AT ST. GREGORY OF NYSSA CHURCH, COLUMBUS, OH ANNOUNCED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110601_2.html Wed, 01 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> With the impending retirement of Archpriest Daniel Rentel, the ofice of Rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Church in Columbus, OH, will become vacant, effective September 1, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110601_2.html THE CONSECRATION OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP MATTHIAS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110504_1.html Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> Archimandrite Matthias [Moriak] was consecrated to the episcopacy during the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Church here on Saturday, April 30, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110504_1.html PARISH DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPS AVAILABLE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110415_1.html Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash;Applications for the Midwest Diocese Parish Development grant program are now available. Grants of up to $3000 are available for parishes desiring to be gin a new ministry or to strengthen an existing ministry.&nbsp;<a href="/files/Parish Health/Grant Info/2011-Parish-Development-GrantApplication.doc" target="_blank" title="files/Parish Health/Grant Info/2011-Parish-Development-GrantApplication.doc (633kb)">&nbsp;</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span> Applications are available <a href="/files/Parish Health/Grant Info/2011-Parish-Development-GrantApplication.doc" target="_blank" title="files/Parish Health/Grant Info/2011-Parish-Development-GrantApplication.doc (633kb)">here</a>.More info can be found <a href="/phgrant.html" title="Parish Development Grants (phgrant.html)">here.</a></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110415_1.html NEW WEB SITE OFFERS DETAILS OF ARCHIMANDRITE MATTHIAS' CONSECRATION TO THE EPISCOPACY http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110317_1.html Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; A special web site devoted to details of the consecration and installation of Archimandrite Matthias [Moriak] as ruling hierarch of the Diocese of the Midwest Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1, 2011, is now available at <a href="/consecration.html">www.midwestdiocese.org/consecration.html</a>.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110317_1.html OPENING AT HOLY TRANSFIGURATION CHURCH, LIVONIA, MI ANNOUNCED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110404_1.html Mon, 04 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; With the impending retirement of Archpriest Michael Matsko, the office of Rector of Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia, MI, will become vacant, effective July 1, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110404_1.html CHICAGO SITE OF LENTEN WOMEN&rsquo;S RETREAT http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110328_1.html Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; Molly Sabourin, author of Close to Home: One Orthodox Mother&rsquo;s Quest for Patience, Peace, and Perseverance, will be the speaker at a pan-Orthodox lenten women&rsquo;s retreat at All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4129 West Newport Ave., Chicago, IL on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110328_1.html CHICAGO AREA FAITHFUL HOLD THIRD ANNUAL SANCTITY OF LIFE PRAYER SERVICE, PRESENTATION http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110321_1.html Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>BURR RIDGE, IL [OCCA/MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; The Third Annual Pan-Orthodox Sanctity of Life Prayer Service and Presentation was attended by Orthodox clergy and faithful from the Chicago area. The event was held on Sunday, January 30, 2011, at Saints Peter and Paul Church here, and was organized by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago [OCCA].</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110321_1.html PETITIONS FOR THOSE SUFFERING IN JAPAN http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110319_1.html Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash; As posted on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America, in light of the ongoing tragedy in Japan and requests for intensified prayers, the following petitions may be added to the Augmented Litany at divine services in all parishes of the Diocese of the Midwest.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110319_1.html SUMMIT TO EXPLORE MINISTRIES UNIQUE TO URBAN SETTINGS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110302_1.html Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>COLUMBUS, OH [OCA] <i>--</i> A second "Urban Parish Summit," focusing on the needs and challenges of parish ministry in the urban setting, will be held at Saint Gregory of Nyssa Church here Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26-27, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110302_1.html BISHOP TIKHON NAMED LOCUM TENENS OF DIOCESE OF THE MIDWEST http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110228_1.html Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> At their retreat in Santa Fe, NM February 22-24, 2011, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops appointed His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania to replace His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah as <i>Locum Tenens</i> of the Diocese of the Midwest.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110228_1.html OPENING AT ARCHANGEL MICHAEL CHURCH, BURBANK, IL ANNOUNCED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110218_1.html Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- With the impending retirement of Priest Luke Nelson, the office of Rector of Archangel Michael Church, Burbank, IL, will become vacant, effective April 1, 2011.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110218_1.html "WEBINAR" TO EXPLORE IMPORTANCE OF DISCOVERNING PARISH CORE VALUES http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110125_1.html Sat, 22 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> The Parish Health Ministry of the Diocese of the Midwest will host an on-line seminar <i>--</i> "webinar" <i>--</i> titled "Discovering Parish Core Values: Foundation for Living a Life in Christ," on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110125_1.html SERIES TWO OF LIVING WORD BIBLE STUDIES RELEASED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110120_1.html Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>The second set of Living Word Bible Studies (studies 6-10) have been completed by editor Father John Matusiak.<br /><br />The Living Word is a 25-session Bible Study collection for group and individual use. Each series consists of five study guides on specific topics central to the Orthodox Christian faith and life as revealed in the spoken words of Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God.<br /><br />Studies can be found <a href="/biblestudies.html" title="Bible Studies (biblestudies.html)">here</a> in the right hand column.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110120_1.html FEBRUARY DESIGNATED DIOCESAN MISSION MONTH IN SUPPORT OF ARCHBISHOP JOB MEMORIAL MISSION TRIP TO MEXICO http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110115_1.html Sat, 15 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> In a letter adressed to the clergy, monastics, and faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest, dated, January 11, 2011, Archimandrite Matthias, Bishop-Elect of Chicago and the Midwest and Diocesan Administrator, requests prayers and financial support for 115 faithful who will participate in the Archbishop Job Memorial Mission Trip to Mexico in July.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110115_1.html Next Webinar: Discovering Parish Core Values http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110111_1.html Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Our next parish development webinar will be held on Thursday Jan 27, 2011 at 7PM CST/8PM EST. The speaker will be Fr. Jonathan Ivanoff.The session is free. You must register to attend.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_110111_1.html FAITHFUL REMEMBER ARCHBISHOP JOB ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS REPOSE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101220_1.html Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <p>BLACK LICK, PA [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> Memorials were celebrated in all parishes of the Diocese of the Midwest for His Eminence, Archbishop Job, on the first anniversary of his repose on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19, 2010.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101220_1.html IN MEMORIAM: MARKING THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPOSE OF ARCHBISHOP JOB http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101215_1.html Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <p>It has been one year since we were shocked to learn of the untimely passing of our beloved former archpastor, His Eminence, Archbishop Job. How unprepared we were, as a diocese, to face this tragedy, which was quite unthinkable and incomprehensible at the time. So many of us had just spoken with him, prayed with him, laughed and cried with him <i>--</i> especially the clergy of the Cleveland Deanery who, as things turned out, were to be the last group of individuals to host a gathering with him on the eve of his repose. The darkness of the days and skies on which he was eulogized and laid to rest were only matched by the darkness we felt as, recognizing that death indeed comes like "a thief in the middle of the night," we bid farewell to an archpastor who, in so many ways, personified the deeper meaning of Christian witness, service, and life.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101215_1.html METROPOLITAN JONAH PRESIDES AT VENERATION OF KURSK-ROOT ICON IN CHICAGO http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101207_1.html Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, <i>Locum Tenens</i> of the Diocese of the Midwest, presided at the celebration of the Akathistos Hymn in the presence of the wonderworking Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God at Christ the Savior Church here.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101207_1.html BISHOP-ELECT MATTHIAS ELEVATED TO RANK OF ARCHIMANDRITE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101119_1.html Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <p>SYOSSET, NY [MW Diocese Communications] <i>--</i> During the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Saint Tikhon of Moscow, celebrated at Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here Thursday, November 18, 2010, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah elevated Bishop-Elect Matthias [Moriak] to the rank of Archimandrite.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101119_1.html Holy Synod of Bishops elects Hieromonk Matthias [Moriak] to vacant Midwest See http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101116_1.html Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] <em>--</em> Hieromonk Matthias [Moriak] was canonically elected by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Chicago and the Midwest on the first day of its three-day Fall Session at the OCA Chancery, Syosset, NY on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101116_1.html DIOCESE OF THE MIDWEST PRESENTS EPISCOPAL CANDIDATE TO THE HOLY SYNOD http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101006_1.html Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <p>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW DIOCESE COMMUNICATIONS] <i>--</i> Priestmonk Matthias [Moriak] was nominated as the candidate for Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest at a special diocesan assembly at Saint Mary Cathedral here Wednesday, October 6, 2010.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_101006_1.html PRE-ASSEMBLY ACTIVITY: ART MUSEUM TOUR AND VISIT TO FOCUS MINNESOTA http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100903_1.html Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Sunday, October 3, 2010<br /> 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Tour at The Museum of Russian Art<br /> 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Visit to FOCUS Minnesota<br /> Cost: $20 per person - this covers admission to the Museum and a donation to FOCUS Minnesota</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100903_1.html ANNUAL DIOCESAN CLERGY RETREAT CONVENES http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100823_1.html Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <p>BURR RIDGE, IL [MW Communications] - The annual Diocesan Clergy Convocation begins today at the Carmelite Spiritual Retreat Center in Darien, IL. The convocation is an event which usually provides both spiritual refreshment and continuing pastoral education for the clergy.&nbsp;</p><div><!--EndFragment--></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100823_1.html ST MARY'S CATHEDRAL TO HOST CONCERT OF GEORGIAN SACRED MUSIC http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100813_1.html Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <div>MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Communications] -&nbsp;St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral in northeast Minneapolis will host a concert of Georgian sacred music by the Zedashe Ensemble during the group's third US tour.&nbsp;</div><div><div></div></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100813_1.html JULY 31 DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING FOR 2011 MISSION TRIP TO PROJECT MEXICO http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100728_1.html Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <div>CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] -- Saturday, July 31, 2010 is the deadline to register for the mission trip to Project Mexico honoring the memory of His Eminence, the late Archbishop Job of Chicago.&nbsp;</div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100728_1.html DAYTON PARISH TO HOLD EXHIBIT OF HISTORIC ICONS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100722_1.html Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <div></div><div>DAYTON, OH [MW Communications] - Representing more than five centuries of a unique artistic tradition, St. Paul The Apostle Orthodox Christian Church will be hosting an exhibition of more than 100 icons, both ancient and new, on display in its sanctuary, located at 4451 Wagner Road in Sugarcreek Township, August 20-22, 2010. &nbsp;</div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100722_1.html ST PAUL DAYTON CELEBRATES TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF WITNESS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100601_1.html Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <p>DAYTON, OH [MW Communications] - On May 23, the Feast of Pentecost, St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church celebrated 25 years as a parish community with prayer, food, music, dancing, and fellowship. </p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100601_1.html Speakers for Building Vibrant Parishes Track Announced for OCA Parish Ministries Conference http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100517_1.html Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 -0400 The <a title="files/Parish Health/OCA Parish Min Conf/Building-Vibrant-Parishes-Track-Detail.pdf (1051kb)" target="_blank" href="/files/Parish Health/OCA Parish Min Conf/Building-Vibrant-Parishes-Track-Detail.pdf">speakers and detailed topic descriptions </a>have been announced for the Building Vibrant Parishes Track of the OCA Parish Ministries Conference. <br /><br />Additional conference information can be found <a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2syramk5879d507">here </a><br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100517_1.html REGISTRATION OPEN FOR OCA PARISH MINISTRIES CONFERENCE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100414_2.html Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400 Registration is now open for the <a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2syramk5879d507"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Parish Ministries Conference 2010</span></a> to be held at Baldwin Wallace College near Cleveland OH on June 27-30. <br /><br />The conference is a joint effort between the Diocese of the Midwest Parish Development Ministry and the OCA Departments of Liturgical Music, Youth and Young Adults and Christian Education.<br /><br /><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2syramk5879d507">For more info click here</a>.<br /><a href="https://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e2syramk5879d507">To register click here.</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100414_2.html PARISH DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100414_1.html Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400 Applications for 2010 Diocese of Midwest <span style="font-style: italic;">Parish Development Grants</span> are available. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2010. Designed to provide assistance for new  ministries or fortify existing ones grants are available to parishes or missions.<br /><br /><a title="Parish Development Grants (phgrant.html)" href="/phgrant.html">More info</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100414_1.html ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP AMONG THOSE WHO PERISHED IN AIRPLANE CRASH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100412_1.html Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <div><span style="border-bottom: 1px dashed #0066cc; background-image: none; background-attachment: scroll; background-color: transparent; background-position: 0% 0%;">SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah sent condolences to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland upon learning that His Eminence, Archbishop </span>Miron [Chodakowski] of Hajn&oacute;wka, was among those who perished in the crash of the Polish presidential aircraft Tu-154 near Smolensk, Russia on Saturday, April 10, 2010.</div><p></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100412_1.html NOMINATION PROCESS CLOSES FOR MIDWEST DIOCESE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100401_1.html Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - As announced, the &nbsp;OCA's Diocese of the Midwest closed the nomination phase of its Episcopal Selection process &nbsp;on Friday, March 26th.&nbsp;</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100401_1.html ARCHPASTORAL MESSAGE OF HIS BEATITUDE, METROPOLITAN JONAH, ON THE OCCASION OF THE FEAST OF FEASTS, THE LORD'S PASCHA http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100330_2.html Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <!--StartFragment--><p class="MsoNormal">Beloved in Christ, Fathers and concelebrants, brothers and sisters,</p><p class="MsoNormal">Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!<br /> I greet you with joy in the Risen Lord!</p><p class="MsoNormal">Having passed the course of the Fast, let us feast soberly, giving thanks to God. Let our feasting never obscure the Feast of Grace, the experience of the Presence of Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, in our midst, the Host of our Feast.</p><!--EndFragment--><p></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100330_2.html MIDWEST DIOCESE EPISCOPAL NOMINATION PERIOD DRAWING TO CLOSE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100317_1.html Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW COMMUNICATIONS] --&nbsp;The March 26, 2010 deadline for the nomination of candidates to become the next Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest is looming, according to members of the Episcopal Selection Committee, who&nbsp;noted the deadline in their weekly conference call held last evening.</p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100317_1.html NEXT LEADERSHIP WEBINAR SCHEDULED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100310_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;" face="Calibri" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - The <a target="_blank" href="http://midwestdiocese.org/parishhealth.html">Parish Health and Development Ministry</a> has announced the schedule for the next session in its webinar series on Facilitation Skills for Parish Life. <br /></span></span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100310_2.html PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY PROGRAM ANNOUNCES NEW BIBLE STUDY RESOURCE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100226_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <p>CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] -&nbsp; A new collection of bible studeis titled "The Living Word" is under development for the Diocesan Parish Health and Development Ministry. The collection is edited by Fr John Matusiak and is being piloted at St Joseph Orthodox Church, Wheaton, Illinois. Click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/biblestudies.html">here</a> to view more about the collection.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="color: #000000; font-family: Verdana; font-size: medium;" class="Apple-style-span" color="#000000" face="Verdana" size="3"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100226_1.html DIOCESAN CLERGY CONVOCATION TO BE HELD 23-25 AUGUST http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100218_1.html Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <div style="text-align: justify;">DARIEN, IL [MW Communications] - The annual Clergy Convocation of the Diocese of the Midwest will be held August 23-25 at the Carmelite Retreat Center here. The change from its usual pre-Great Lent time is to accommodate for the time line of the Episcopal Selection Committee (read that here).&nbsp;</div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100218_1.html DIOCESAN COUNCIL APPROVES EPISCOPAL NOMINATION TIMELINE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100216_1.html Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <div>CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - The Diocesan Council of the Diocese of the Midwest, with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, <i>Locum Tenens</i> of the diocese, has approved a timeline for the nomination of candidates to fill the See of the Diocese of the Midwest, declared vacant after the untimely death of His Eminence,&nbsp;Archbishop&nbsp;Job of blessed memory.&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>Please click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100216_2.html">here</a> to view the approved timeline and a letter from the Episcopal Search Committee of the&nbsp;Diocesan&nbsp;Council, addressed to all the clergy, parish councils and faithful of the diocese.&nbsp;</div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100216_1.html LIVING WORD BIBLE STUDY COLLECION DEBUTS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100211_1.html Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO IL [MW Communications] Available just in time for Great Lent 2010 a new collection of bible studies has been posted for use.<br /><br />The Living Word collection, edited by Father John Matusiak and piloted at St Joseph's Church Wheaton IL, will eventually include 25 individual studies. <br /><br />Series one -- What Did Jesus Say About: Himself, Life, Eternal Life, Faith and Forgiveness can be found <a title="Bible Studies (biblestudies.html)" href="/biblestudies.html">here.</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100211_1.html MEETING SKILLS WEBINAR SCHEDULED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100211_2.html Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO IL [MW  Communications] On Tuesday March 9 at <span style="font-weight: bold;" id="{482FA5A1-E0C3-418D-8761-62958643D060}">7:00 PM CST</span> (8:00 PM EST) the Diocese will host the third in a series of Webinars on <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;" id="{DB8D98C0-A4E7-43D3-A83F-8B6F88F82A5D}">Facilitation Skills for Parish Life</span>. Responding to popular request this is a new <span style="font-style: italic;">evening time.</span><br /><br />This session, titled &quot;Divergent and Convergent Thinking&quot; will be led by Kenneth Kovach and will explore tools and tips for helping groups to harness their creativity to generate more and better ideas AND to then enable groups to converge on more effective decisions.<br /><br />Sessions are free. Click <a href="https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/390369763">here to register</a>. <a href="/facilitationseries.html" title="Facilitation Skills for Parish Leaders (facilitationseries.html)">More info</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100211_2.html FEBRUARY PARISH PULSE AVAILABLE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100212_2.html Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO IL [MW Communications]The February 2010 issue of Parish Pulse has been sent to subscribers and is available for <a href="http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs063/1101341322006/archive/1102626231669.html">download.</a> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100212_2.html OVERLAND PARK SCOUTS HOST SOUPER BOWL TO MARK SCOUT SUNDAY http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100212_1.html Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px;"><span style="color: black;">OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Communications] - On Sunday, February 7, 2010, girls and boys participating in Scouting were recognized at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy as encouraged by SCOBA.</span></p><p></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100212_1.html FEBRUARY 7 DESIGNATED ORTHODOX SCOUT SUNDAY http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100204_2.html Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <div>NEW YORK, NY [OCA] -- The hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA] -- among them His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America -- have designated Sunday, February 7, 2010, as Scout Sunday.</div><div></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100204_2.html SPECIAL PETITION FOR THE CALLING FORTH OF AN ARCHPASTOR http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100204_1.html Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CLEVELAND, OH [MW Communications] - With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH, Locum Tenens of the diocese, the district deans meeting here on Wednesday February 4th have asked that a special petition for the calling forth of an archpastor be added to the Augmented Litany at all Liturgical Services until the election of a new Diocesan Hierarch.</p><div></div><div>The petition reads:</div><div></div><div><i>Again we pray, O merciful Lord, that you will call forth for us an archpastor of wisdom and strength, blessing us with a bishop to care for the well-being of this diocese, to unite us in loving service to all, and to be a witness to the glory of Your Holy Name: we pray You, hear us and have mercy. &nbsp;&nbsp;</i></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100204_1.html EPISCOPAL SEARCH COMMITTEE BEGINS WORK http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100128_1.html Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500 <p>CHICAGO, IL. &nbsp;[MW Communications] &ndash; At its meeting on 1 December, 2009, the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of the Midwest, with the blessing of the late Archbishop Job, in anticipation of the Archbishop&rsquo;s expected retirement in 2011, created an Episcopal Search Committee, to develop criteria and a timetable for the nomination of a new diocesan bishop. </p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100128_1.html SAINT TIKHON'S SEMINARY OPENS SEARCH FOR DEAN http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100114_1.html Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial,sans-serif; border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 13px;" class="Apple-style-span">SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA/STOTS] -- The Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary here announces a vacancy in the office of Dean, effective June 1, 2010.&nbsp; Applications and nominations for the position are now being accepted.<br /></span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100114_1.html FORTIETH DAY MEMORIAL TO BE HELD IN ALL PARISHES http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100113_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial,sans-serif; border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 13px;" class="Apple-style-span">CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - In a letter sent today to all clergy and parishes diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest John Zdinak announced plans for the celebration of the 40th day of the late Archbishop Job's falling asleep.<br /></span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100113_1.html MINNEAPOLIS DEANERY HOSTS 11TH ANNUAL SEMINARIAN FUND-RAISER http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100111_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <font color="#800080" style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Communications] - On Sunday, January 10, the 11th annual Minneapolis Deanery fund-raising dinner in support of diocesan seminarians took place in Northeast Minneapolis. <br /></font> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100111_2.html DIOCESE ANNOUNCES ARCHBISHOP JOB MEMORIAL MISSION TRIP http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100107_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 ROCHESTER HILLS, MI [MW Communications] - As a tribute to the newly departed Archbishop Job Mrs. Ruth Yavornitzky of St. Mark Church here has taken to organising a memorial mission trip to Project Mexico during the summer of 2011.  Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100107_1.html MEMORY ETERNAL: HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP JOB http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091218_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - His Eminence JOB, Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest unexpectedly fell asleep in the Lord today at 11.25am in Maumee, Ohio. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091218_1.html MEMORY ETERNAL: RESA ELLISON http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100103_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW / OCA Communications] -- Resa Ellison, choir director at Saint Mary Cathedral here, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of Sunday, January 3, 2010 after a two month illness. <br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_100103_1.html DIOCESAN PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY PARTNERS WITH OCA DEPARTMENTS FOR PARISH MINISTRIES CONFERENCE IN CLEVELAND JUNE 27-30, 2010 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091215_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CLEVELAND, OH [OCA] -- &quot;Equipping the Saints&quot; will be the theme of a parish ministries conference to be hosted by three Orthodox Church in America departments and the Diocese of the Midwest's Parish Health Ministry on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College, just minutes from the Cleveland airport, June 27-30, 2010.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091215_1.html DIOCESAN COUNCIL MEETS, MAKES INITIAL PREPARATIONS FOR EPISCOPAL SELECTION IN 2011 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091207_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - The Diocesan Council met at Archangel Michael Church in Burbank IL, a southwestern suburb of Chicago, on Tuesday, December 1st for the last of its 2009 semi-annual meetings. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091207_1.html PRAYERS REQUESTED AND FUND SET UP FOR CHOIR DIRECTOR OF MINNEAPOLIS' SAINT MARY CATHEDRAL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091119_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Communications] - On Wednesday Nov. 4, Resa Ellison, choir director at St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis, sang at Vespers but was beginning to feel sick. The next day she went to the doctor and was diagnosed with probable H1N1.  Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091119_1.html ARCHBISHOP JOB AND CHICAGO HIERARCHS SERVE PANAKHIDA FOR PATRIARCH PAVLE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091118_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - On Tuesday, November 18 and at the invitation and request of His Eminence, Metropolitan Christopher of the Serbian Church of North and South America, His Eminence, Archbishop Job served a Panakhida Service for the for the repose of the soul of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia at Holy Resurrection Cathedral here. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091118_1.html SAINT NICHOLAS IN KENOSHA PROVIDES ALTERNATIVE HALLOWEEN http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091102_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 KENOSHA, WI [MW Communications] - Several young families with children gathered at St. Nicholas in Kenosha for Great Vespers on the evening of Saturday, October 31st to have a family-friendly alternative to the increasingly ghoulish festivities of All Hallows Eve.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091102_1.html CHRIST THE SAVIOR CHICAGO HOLDS CLOTHING DRIVE FOR HOMELESS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091002_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - Committed to helping those who are in need, the faithful of our parish held a clothing drive during the month of September for Pacific Garden Mission, a local homeless shelter. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_091002_1.html SEPTEMBER ISSUE of PARISH PULSE AVAILABLE http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090922_1.html Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400 The September 2009 issue of Parish Pulse -- the Diocese' E-newsletter for Parish Leaders is now available <a href="http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render?v=001aqj1QInodGQJwr7o1TOlRdfzhdAftLQlpqsWIuI6aOsu9qnUjRcGB5xIR6m-AwYas9FCCMIa2NtonXoLLcLicGxC9Ul4Lrl-FQ_gS41eDjR2HsdOJIXk0Z7WzJNPC2HsyxfvRXjD1o6ScT2-TgDhcC2FvVmbQxfFVDILrTVPNrmf_DJWYhRYHGQpzUWoWIQz3Rdefh1CUcGjRNrlJF34oIGbRjMBDT9sObWMj0ORULFD6_dw9u-o9g%3D%3D">here</a> and the archive of all newsletters <a href="http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs063/1101341322006/archive/1102626231669.html ">here</a>. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090922_1.html WHAT MAKES A SOLID PARISH YOUTH EFFORT? http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090922_2.html Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400 A new article offering perspective on effective youth practices in our Diocese has been posted <a href="/files/Parish Health/Youth-article-final.pdf" target="_blank" title="files/Parish Health/Youth-article-final.pdf (515kb)">here</a>.   Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090922_2.html DETROIT CATHEDRAL TO HOST NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY FESTIVAL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090918_2.html Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400 DETROIT, MI. [MW Communications] - Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral has been here at the corner of Gilbert and Clayton Streets in Detroit for over 100 years. Founded in 1907 by immigrants from Eastern Europe, the community of Ss. Peter and Paul is looking for ways to become a leading source of support for all the members of the inner-city neighborhood. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090918_2.html DIOCESAN STRATEGIC VISION PROGESS POSTED http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090916_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - At the 2008 Diocesan Assembly the importance of building a strong clear vision for the future of our Diocese was discussed. At it's January meeting the Diocesan Council picked up on that conversation and decided to proceed to begin building that vision.  Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090916_1.html SEVEN PARISHES RECEIVE PARISH HEALTH GRANTS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090831_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - Archbishop JOB announced today the recipients of the Diocese’ Parish Health Grants for 2009. Seven parishes from the Deaneries will receive cash grants totaling just over $12000 for important projects that will impact the vibrancy of their parish life and in many cases the life of the entire diocese as well.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090831_1.html SHADOWS OF THE MOTHERLAND: RUSSIAN ORTHODOXY IN DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090825_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 STRETOR, IL [Illinois Times] - The trained eye rarely misses them: three-barred crosses and primitive, colorful icons, occasionally spotted in roadside cemeteries and out-of-the-way chapels from Chicago to Carbondale. <br /><br />Click <a href="http://illinoistimes.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A10692">here</a> to read more<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090825_2.html ST MARY'S CORNUCOPIA CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090825_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CORNUCOPIA, WI [MW Communications] - St Mary Orthodox Church in Cornucopia, Wisconsin has celebrated this summer its Centennial Anniversary through a number of events. Since the exact founding date of the parish is not clear the faithful have dedicated the entire summer to celebrating this most momentous event. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090825_1.html NEW CHICAGOLAND MALE CHOIR TO PRODUCE PARAKLISIS CD http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090821_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: left;">CHICAGO, IL (MW Communications - In early summer of 2007 during the darkest days of the OCA Crisis, Archbishop Job undertook a personal project - the musical arrangement of the Paraklisis (supplicatory canon to the Most-holy Theotokos) in four-part harmony, employing the Carpatho-Rusyn Sacred Chant (Cerkovnoje Prostopinije). <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090821_1.html 48TH DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD OCTOBER 5-7, 2009, HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090804_1.html Thu, 03 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400 OVERLAND PARK, KS [MW Communcations] - The 48th Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest will be hosted by Holy Trinity Church in Overland Park, Kansas October 5-7, 2009. <br /><br />The assembly itself will be held at the<a href="http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/MCIMSDT-Doubletree-Hotel-Overland-Park-Corporate-Woods-Kansas/index.do"> DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park</a>. <br /><br />Please visit the 48th Diocesan Assembly page <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/assembly.html">here</a> for registration and further information. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090804_1.html UNIQUE MINISTRY OF URBAN PARISHES EXPLORED AT MIDWEST DIOCESAN SUMMIT http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090730_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CLEVELAND, OH [MW Communications] - The unique ministry of parishes in urban settings was the topic of a summit hosted by the Diocese of the Midwest at Saint Theodosius Cathedral here and Archangel Michael Church, Broadview Heights, OH July 16-17, 2009.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090730_1.html METROPOLITAN JONAH, ARCHBISHOP JOB VISIT SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH, WHEATON, ILLINOIS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090728_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 WHEATON, IL [MW Communications] -- On Saturday, July 25, 2009, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, accompanied by His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago, joined the clergy and faithful of Saint Joseph Church here for the celebration of Great Vespers for the seventh Sunday of Pentecost and the Feast of Saint Jacob Netsvetov. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090728_1.html DIOCESAN SEMINARIAN LEADS IOCC TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090709_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 NEW ORLEANS, LA [MW Communications] - From June 28 - July 3, Father Joel Weir led and IOCC &quot;Volunteer in the Gulf&quot; group to New Orleans to assist in building homes for those persons affected by Hurricane Katrina. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090709_1.html ROCHESTER HILLS YOUTH JOURNEY TO PROJECT MEXICO http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090707_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 TIJUANA, MEXICO [MW Communications] - By God’s grace, St. Mark Church, Rochester Hills, MI sent its first Mission Team to Project Mexico on June 23-30, 2009. Ninety five adults, college students, and high school students from across the U.S. descended on St. Innocent Orphanage that week. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090707_1.html ARCHIMANDRITE MELCHIZEDEK CONSECRATED BISHOP OF PITTSBURGH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090706_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 PITTSBURGH, PA [MW Communications] - Archimandrite Melchizedek (Pleska), a native of the Diocese of the Midwest, was consecrated as Bishop of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania on June 20 at St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Allison Park PA. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090706_1.html DIOCESE TO HOLD URBAN PARISH SUMMIT http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090630_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: justify;"> CLEVELAND, OH. [MW Communications] - Over forty clergy and laity have registered for this summer's parish summit hosted by the Parish Health Program of the diocese. The theme of the summit is, &quot;<a href="/urbansummit.html" title="Urban Parish Summit 2009 (urbansummit.html)">The Vocation o fthe Orthodox Urban Parish in the 21st Century&quot;</a> and will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. <br /><br />Read this story and more <a href="http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs063/1101341322006/archive/1102612535139.html">here</a> in the June issue of the <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline;">Parish Pulse</span>.<br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090630_1.html DIOCESAN SUMMER CAMPING SEASON OPENS JUNE 27 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090625_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - Children and teens from parishes across the Diocese of the Midwest will experience the joys of summer camp in the coming weeks.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090625_2.html SAINT JOHN OF KRONSTADT CHOIR PARTICIPATS IN 'GATES OF REPENTANCE' CONCERT http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090625_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <br />LINCOLN, NE [MW Communications] - St. John of Kronstadt Orthodox Church of Lincoln, Nebraska recently had the opportunity to participate in an ecumenical concert with parishes from the local Roman Catholic diocese for the fourth year in a row. This event, called “Gates of Repentance,” first came together in March of 2006 when University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) student and Roman Catholic church musician Dr. Jennifer Donelson approached the local Roman Catholic and Orthodox leaders with the idea. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090625_1.html Metropolitan JONAH to Address Anglican Convention http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090624_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <span style="font-weight: bold;"></span>DALLAS, TX [DOS Communications] - His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah will be among those addressing the Assembly of the Anglican Church in North America scheduled for June 22-24 at St Vincent Cathedral in nearby Bedford, Texas. His Beatitude will speak on Wednesday, June 24 to the assembled convention. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090624_1.html Saint Vladimir's Seminary to Provide Live Webcast of the Future of Orthodoxy in America Conference http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090618_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CRESTWOOD, NY [SVS Communications] - St. Vladimir's Seminary is presenting a realtime webcast on the past, present, and future of Orthodoxy in America, June 18-20. This symposium on church unity features presentations by His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, His Grace Bishop Basil of Amphipolis, Antiochian Archdiocese Chancellor Charles Ajalat, and others. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090618_1.html SUMMER OCF BEGINS AT ST JOSEPH'S WHEATON, IL http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090612_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 WHEATON, IL [MW Communications] - An initial gathering for college students and young adults was held at St. Joseph Church here on Thursday, June 11.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090612_1.html METROPLITAN JONAH PARTICIPATES IN OCMC DEDICATION http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090526_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 St Augustine, FL (OCN / MW Communications) - St. Augustine, FL – His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH together with several hundred Orthodox Christian faithful from throughout the country and as far away as Albania and Romania were in St. Augustine, Florida this past Sunday for dedication of the new Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administrative Building of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090526_1.html Holy Trinty Cathedral Welcomes Vocal Ensemble from St. Petersburg http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090520_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral welcomes LYRA, a vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 7:00 PM.  LYRA will present a concert of liturgical and folk music at the cathedral, located at 1121 N. Leavitt Street in Chicago.  <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090520_1.html Holy Trinity Catheral Hosts Lecture on Orthodoxy and Motherhood http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090518_3.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 Chicago, IL (MW Communications) - On Saturday May 9, Holy Trinity Cathedral hosted Mrs Molly Sabourin, author of <a href="http://closetohome.ning.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Close to Home: One Orthodox mother's quest for patience, peace, and perseverance</span></a>, for a lecture and discussion on her recent book. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090518_3.html Chicago Deanery Opens New Chapel http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090518_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 Lake Geneva, WI (MW Communications) -<br />With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Job, a chapel has been established at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to serve a growing number of faithful in the area and to be a place for worship for Orthodox Christians vacationing in the Lake Geneva area over the summer.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090518_2.html Archbishop Job Welcomes Metropolitan Jonah on First Visit to the Diocese http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090508_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: justify;">MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Communications] - On Wednesday and Thursday, May 6/7, 2009, His Eminence, Archbishop Job and His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah presided at celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the repose of Saint Alexis (Toth) of Minneapolis and Wilkes-Barre. <br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090508_1.html St Joseph Church Celebrates Twenty Years http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090505_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 WHEATON, IL [MW Communications] - On Sunday, May 3, 2009, His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago presided at the Divine Liturgy marking the 20th anniversary of St. Joseph Church, Wheaton, IL.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090505_1.html Archbishop Job Visits Saint Josephs; Celebrates Feast of Nativity Old Style http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090426_1.html Sun, 07 Jan 2007 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">WHEATON, IL. [MW Communications] - Archbishop Job was welcomed by the parish clergy – the Very Rev. John Matusiak, the Very Rev. Mykola Bodnarchuk, the Rev. Joseph Kopka, and Deacon John Coleman – at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday evening in preparation for the midnight Divine Liturgy. Prior to the celebration of the Liturgy, he tonsured Jerzy Pietrowski and Igor Khlinov to the order of Reader. Jerzy and his family are natives of Siemiaticze, Poland, while Igor, a convert to Orthodox Christianity who for a number of years had served in the Chicago area as a Reformed pastor, and his family are from St. Petersburg, Russia.</span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"> <o:p /></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The entire congregation sang the responses to the hierarchical Liturgy and joined together in singing traditional Nativity carols.</span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"> <o:p /></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"><script> &amp;lt;!-- D([&amp;quot;mb&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;Following the Divine Liturgy, a “breaking of the fast” took place in the parish hall.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003c/span\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003eThe celebration marked the tenth consecutive year that Archbishop Job has celebrated the Nativity with the immigrant community at Saint Joseph parish, where a third Liturgy in Church Slavonic and English is celebrated at 11:30 a.m. every Sunday.\u003cspan\u003e \u003c/span\u003eWhile the majority of the faithful hail from Poland, the community also serves the needs of a growing number of Orthodox Christians from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzistan, the Crimea, Bosnia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and other lands.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003c/span\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003eSaint Joseph\u003c/span\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e parish, which today serves the spiritual needs of nearly 600 adults and children, was established in 1989 as an English language mission serving Orthodox Christians regardless of ethnic background in Chicago’s western suburbs.\u003cspan\u003e \u003c/span\u003eWith the fall of communism, an influx of Orthodox Christians from central and eastern Europe began to worship at the parish.\u003cspan\u003e \u003c/span\u003eUnder the patronage \u003c/span\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003eof the holy Child-Martyr Gabriel of Zabludow, a 17\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century saint especially venerated by Orthodox Christians in northeastern Poland, the outreach ministry to recent immigrants was initiated by the parish 1997 when His Beatitude, Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and Poland, visited the parish during his tenure as Archbishop of Bialystok and Gdansk. \u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003c/span\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n&amp;quot;,1] ); //--&amp;gt; </script><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Following the Divine Liturgy, a “breaking of the fast” took place in the parish hall.</span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"> <o:p /></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The celebration marked the tenth consecutive year that Archbishop Job has celebrated the Nativity with the immigrant community at Saint Joseph parish, where a third Liturgy in Church Slavonic and English is celebrated at 11:30 a.m. every Sunday. While the majority of the faithful hail from Poland, the community also serves the needs of a growing number of Orthodox Christians from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzistan, the Crimea, Bosnia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and other lands.</span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"> <o:p /></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Saint Joseph parish, which today serves the spiritual needs of nearly 600 adults and children, was established in 1989 as an English language mission serving Orthodox Christians regardless of ethnic background in Chicago’s western suburbs. With the fall of communism, an influx of Orthodox Christians from central and eastern Europe began to worship at the parish. Under the patronage of the holy <a href="http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101158">Child-Martyr Gabriel of Zabludow</a>, a 17<sup>th</sup> century saint especially venerated by Orthodox Christians in northeastern Poland, the outreach ministry to recent immigrants was initiated by the parish 1997 when His Beatitude, Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and Poland, visited the parish during his tenure as Archbishop of Bialystok and Gdansk. </span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"> <o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"><script> &amp;lt;!-- D([&amp;quot;mb&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003eIn May 2008, the entire parish community will celebrate the 10\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e anniversary of the Saint Gabriel community with a combined Divine Liturgy celebrated by Metropolitan Sawa and Archbishop Job, a patronal feastday procession, and a festive “zabawa,” or picnic dinner.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003c/span\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003eIn recent years, four other bishops from the Orthodox Church of Poland -- His Eminence, Archbishop Adam of Przymysl; His Eminence, Archbishop Abel of Lublin; His Grace, Bishop Myron of Hajnowka; and His Grace, Bishop Jacob of Bialystok– as well as His Eminence, Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg, Russia, have visited the parish and prayed before the icon and relics of Saint Gabriel, who is especially venerated by the entire parish community.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003c/span\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style\u003d\&amp;quot;background:white\&amp;quot;\u003e\u003cspan style\u003d\&amp;quot;font-size:8.5pt;color:#444444;font-family:Verdana\&amp;quot;\u003e-- END –\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n&amp;quot;,0] ); //--&amp;gt; </script><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">In May 2008, the entire parish community will celebrate the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Saint Gabriel community with a combined Divine Liturgy celebrated by Metropolitan Sawa and Archbishop Job, a patronal feastday procession, and a festive “zabawa,” or picnic dinner.</span><o:p /></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"> <o:p /></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">In recent years, four other bishops from the Orthodox Church of Poland -- His Eminence, Archbishop Adam of Przymysl; His Eminence, Archbishop Abel of Lublin; His Grace, Bishop Myron of Hajnowka; and His Grace, Bishop Jacob of Bialystok– as well as His Eminence, Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg, Russia, have visited the parish and prayed before the icon and relics of Saint Gabriel, who is especially venerated by the entire parish community.</span><o:p /></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"> <o:p /></p> <p style="background: white none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;"><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">-- END –</span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090426_1.html Church of Russia to host Metropolitan Jonah April 25-May 4 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090425_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] <em>--</em> At the invitation of His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah will be the guest of the Church of Russia from April 25 through May 4, 2009. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090425_1.html Urban Parish Summit to be held July 16-17 Cleveland OH http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090422_1.html Wed, 22 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0400 CLEVELAND, OH [MW Communications] - The Diocese of the Midwest will hold an Urban Parish Summit on July 16-17 at St Theodosius Cathedral in Cleveland OH. <br /><br />Clergy and lay representatives from 17 urban parishes have been invited to participate in this important event. <br /><br /><input type="hidden" id="gwProxy" /><!--Session data--><input type="hidden" id="jsProxy" onclick="function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { jsCall(); } } } } } } }" /><div id="refHTML"></div><input type="hidden" id="gwProxy" /><!--Session data--><input type="hidden" onclick="function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { jsCall(); } } } } } }" id="jsProxy" /><div id="refHTML"></div><input type="hidden" id="gwProxy" /><!--Session data--><input type="hidden" id="jsProxy" onclick="function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { jsCall(); } } } } }" /><div id="refHTML"></div><input type="hidden" id="gwProxy" /><!--Session data--><input type="hidden" onclick="function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { jsCall(); } } } }" id="jsProxy" /><div id="refHTML"></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090422_1.html A Reflection on Easter and Ecology http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090421_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 If Christ is not risen from the dead, then it is indeed &quot;biodegradability&quot; which has the last word about our life. Consumer products today are often sold in wrappers or containers marked &quot;recyclable&quot; or &quot;biodegradable&quot;. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090421_2.html Archpastoral Paschal Message of His Eminence, Archbishop Job http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090415_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 To the Esteemed Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful in the Diocese of the Midwest:<br /><br />Beloved in the Lord,<br /><br />Christ is Risen!<br /><br />It is a joy to greet all of you on this Feast of Feasts, the Great and Holy Pascha -- great, because it stands beyond time and space at the center of all things, of all that came before us and all that is yet to come; and holy, because by His ultimate victory, our most merciful Savior reveals the fullness of His holiness while making us holy, despite our sins and shortcomings, and leads us as partakers of His divine nature to His very Kingdom that, while yet to be fully revealed, is already fully present in the life of His Body, the Church!<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090415_2.html A Liturgical Explanation of Holy Week by Father Alexander Schmemann http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090417_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY <br /> Friday: The Cross <br />  From the light of Holy Thursday we enter into the darkness of Friday, the day of Christ's Passion, Death and Burial. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090417_1.html A Liturgical Explanation of Holy Week by Father Alexander Schmemann http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090414_4.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <span style="font-weight: bold;"> Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: The End </span><br /><br />These three days, which the Church calls Great and Holy have within the liturgical development of the Holy Week a very definite purpose. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090414_4.html Diocese Summer Camps Open for Registration http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090410_1.html Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL (MW Communications) - Summer is just around the corner and the camping season is being prepared. Deaneries and parishes throughout the diocese offer various opportunities over the summer. <input type="hidden" id="gwProxy" /><!--Session data--><input type="hidden" onclick="function onclick(event) { function onclick(event) { jsCall(); } }" id="jsProxy" /><div id="refHTML"></div><input type="hidden" id="gwProxy"><!--Session data--></input><input type="hidden" id="jsProxy" onclick="function onclick(event) { jsCall(); }" /><div id="refHTML"></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090410_1.html Diocesan Seminarian Ordained to the Holy Diaconate http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090414_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CRESTWOOD, NY [SVS Communications] - Deacon Andrew Cuneo was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah during the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation at Three Hierarchs Chapel at St Vladimir's Semianary here. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090414_2.html St Vladimir's Seminary and OCA Diaconal Vocations Program announce third-annual summer liturgical practicum http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090414_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CRESTWOOD, NY [SVS/OCA Communications] - Intense liturgical training is the focus of a 4-day program to be held June 14-17, 2009, on the campus of <a href="http://www.svots.edu">St. Vladimir’s Seminary</a>. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090414_1.html Music Downloads for Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday Now Available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090409_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 Music downloads for Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday now available.<br /><a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/MUSIC%20PDF/Dismissal_Lenten_MinorHarmony.pdf">&nbsp;</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090409_1.html St Mary's Cathedral to Celebrate Anniversary of the Repose of St Alexis http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090403_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/St.-Alexis.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=200">Minneapolis, MN [OCA Communications] -<br />In May St Mary's Cathedral will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Repose of St Alexis (Toth). St Alexis is very dear to St Mary's, and of great significance to us and Orthodoxy in America as the pastor who guided this community into the Orthodox Church over one hundred years ago. <br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090403_1.html Follow news, events and schedule of the diocese on Twitter http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090324_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 Chicago, IL (MW Communications) - In an effort to communicate as best as possible with the faithful in the diocese the we have opened a Twitter page to which you can subscribe. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090324_1.html Diocesan Clergy Convocation: Discerning and American Expression of Orthodoxy http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090320_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 Darien, IL. (MW Communications) - The annual Diocesan Clergy Convocation was held February 9 - 11, 2009 in suburban Chicago. The annual retreat provides an opprtunity for the clergy of the diocese to come together in fellowship and worship and to share their experiences while also talking about the health and future of the diocese. <br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090320_1.html Chicago Deanery Hosts Domestic Violence Workshop http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090317_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: justify;"><br /> </div><div style="text-align: justify;">PALATINE, IL. [MW Communications] - On Saturday, February 24, 2009, sixteen representatives from five Chicago Deanery churches met at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Palatine, IL, for a four-hour workshop on preventing and responding to domestic violence. <br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090317_1.html Webinar Pilot Schedule Announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090306_3.html Fri, 06 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - The Diocese of the Midwest' Parish Health Ministry leader Joseph Kormos announced today an initial schedule for a series of &quot;webinars&quot; (web based training and information seminars). The first webinar, titled &quot;The Psychology of Leadership&quot;  will be held Tuesday March 17 and feature Fr Gregory Jense as the presenter.<br /><br /><a href="/webinars.html">More information here. </a><br /><br /><a href="https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/159699069">Click here to register</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090306_3.html March 09 Parish Pulse Available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090306_2.html Fri, 06 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The March issues of the parish pulse newsletter is available. for download <a href="/files/Parish Health/Parish Pulse newsletter/March-09-Parish-Pulse1.pdf" target="_blank" title="March-09-Parish-Pulse1.pdf">here</a>.  Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090306_2.html Diocese Represented at First Annual Sophia Institute Conference http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090305_3.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 New York, NY [MW Communications] - Union Theological Seminary, New York City was the site for the first annual Sophia Institute One Day Academic Conference held December 5, 2008. The conference title was “Women in the Orthodox Church: Past Roles—Future Paradigms. 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Each of the meetings resulted in important decisions for Diocesan parishes and for a stronger future for the Diocese. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090225_1.html Parish Health Grants 2009 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090206_3.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] – Parish Health Facilitator Joseph Kormos, with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop JOB, today announced that the Parish Health Grant program begun in 2008 will continue in 2009. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090206_3.html 2/16/09 Altar Server Rally Cleveland Deanery http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090206_2.html Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0500 A rally for altar servers will be held on Monday February 16 at <a href="http://www.stmichaelscleveland.org/">Archangel Michael Orthodox Church</a> in Broadview Hts OH from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. <br /><br />To register contact Fr John Memorich at 440-526-5192 Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090206_2.html 47 Diocesan Assembly Minutes Now Available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090204_3.html Wed, 04 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Burr Ridge, IL (MW Communications) - The official minutes of the 47th Dioceasan Assembly, held here October 6 &amp; 7, 2009 are now available <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/47assemblyminutes.html">here</a>.  Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090204_3.html Diocesan Clergy Compensation Guidelines Now Available http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090204_2.html Wed, 08 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0400 Burr Ridge, IL (MW Communications) At its 47th Diocesan Assembly which took place here October 6 &amp; 7, 2009, the assembly passed Clergy Compenastions Guidelines to be followed by all parishes of the diocese. Those guidelines can be found <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/DOCUMENTS/CLERGY-COMPENSATION.pdf">here.</a><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090204_2.html Russian Orthodox Church Elects 16th Patriarch http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090127_1.html Fri, 30 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify;">MOSCOW, RUSSIA (MW Communications) - On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 during the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Eminence, Patriarchal Locum Tenens and Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad KYRILL was elected the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. </p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090127_1.html Registration now open for National Young Adult Pilgrimage to Russia http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090121_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: justify;">GARRISION, NY [GOA Young Adult Ministries] - Join other young adults from across the country in this unique spiritual and educational journey! Stroll down timeless roads and explore ancient locales of Russia , land of striking beauty, diversity, and magnificent capitals.  <br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090121_2.html 2009 Dzubay Scholarship Announced http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090121_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: justify;">MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW Communications] - On Sunday, December 21 at St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis, seminarian Nicholas Hubbard received a $5000 award from the Father John Dzubay Memorial Scholarship Committee for the 2009 academic year.<br /><br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_090121_1.html St Joseph's Raffles Church to Support Mission http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081230_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/closeup.JPG&archive=0&final_h=158&final_w=180&percent=200">WHEATON, IL (MW Communications) - On Sunday, December 28, 2008, the parish feastday of St. Joseph Church here, Church school students raffled a gingerbread replica of their parish church and three rectories in their efforts to raise funds to further the growth of the newly planted St. Makarius the Great Mission community on the campus of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park.<br /> <br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081230_1.html Archpastoral Nativity Message of His Eminence, Archbishop JOB http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081224_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: center;">December 25, 2008<br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Nativity of the Lord<br />No. 221<br /><br />ARCHPASTORAL LETTER<br /></div><br />To the Esteemed Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful in the Diocese of the Midwest:<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit Whom He has given us. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God&quot; </span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">[1 John 3:24b-4:3a].</span><br /> <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081224_1.html Minneaplis Cathedral Hosts Advent Retreat http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081218_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <font size="2" face="Arial">MINNEAPOLIS, MN  -  On a snowy St Nicholas Day, the annual St Mary's Cathedral Advent Retreat brought together over 50 people for a series of talks by Fr Thomas Soroka, pastor of St Nicholas Church in McKees Rocks, PA. </font> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081218_1.html Canton Parish Hosts "Called & Gifted" Workshop http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081217_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <p style="text-align: left;"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">CANTON, OH (MW Communications)- On Friday November 21-Saturday November 22, 2008, Holy Assumption Orthodox Church (OCA) hosted 50 participants for a &quot;Called &amp; Gifted&quot; Workshop here.<br /></font></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081217_1.html A Joyful Epistle http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081203_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: center;"> December 3, 2008<br />Prophet Zephaniah<br />#200<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">A JOYFUL EPISTLE<br /><br style="font-weight: bold;" /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">to the venerable Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest</span><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“Continue earnestly in prayer, being </span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2)</span><br /></div><br />My Beloved in the Lord, <br /><br />Glory to Jesus Christ!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">It is the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, and after a joyful and peaceful Divine Liturgy my thoughts, in a stress-free, joyous sense of calm, run to pondering on the drama of the last few weeks emanating from an extraordinary 15th All American Council. <br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081203_2.html Memory Eternal: Archpriest Stephen Karaffa http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081112_2.html Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/KARAFFA.jpg&archive=0&final_h=250&final_w=334&percent=200"> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA [OCA Communications] -- It is with great sadness that the Orthodox Church in America announces the repose of the Very Reverend Stephen Karaffa, rector of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Burr Ridge, IL. Fr. Stephen fell asleep in the Lord this morning following the Divine Liturgy at the OCA's 15th All-American Council in Pittsburgh, PA.</p> <p>A Memorial Litiya was served for Fr. Stephen at the beginning of the third plenary session of the All-American Council by His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania.</p> <p>A more detailed <em>In Memoriam</em> notice will be posted when they become available.</p><p>Services will be held at <a href="http://stpeterandstpaulorthodoxchurch.org/">St Peter and St Paul Church</a>, Burr Ridge, Illinois on Friday November 14, 7:00pm and Saturday November 15, 10:00am. <br /></p><p>Click <a href="http://stpeterandstpaulorthodoxchurch.org/VeryReverendStephenKaraffa.htm">here</a> for the official annoucement of services. <br /></p><p><br /></p> <p>May Fr. Stephen's memory be eternal!</p> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081112_2.html Bishop JONAH Elected Metropolitan of All America and Candada http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081112_1.html Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/headlines/JONAH.JPG&archive=0&final_h=250&final_w=373&percent=200"> PITTSBURGH, PA. (MW Communications) His Eminence, Archbishop JOB, congratulates the newly elected as Archbishop of Washington and New York, Metropolitan of All America and Canada. <br /><br />His Eminence asks all the faithful of the diocese to offer prayers for his leadership of our Holy Mission in America and wishes His Beatitude Many Years in his Archpastoral ministry to the Orthodox Church in America. <br /><br />Eis Polla Eti Despota!<br /><br />For further information please visit <a href="http://www.oca.org/news/1693">www.oca.org</a><br /><br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081112_1.html Detroit Parishes Explore Enriching Parish Life http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081114_1.html Sun, 19 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0400 The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit sponsored a two day workshop on October 17-18. Thirty attendees from seven Detroit area OCA Midwest &amp; Romanian, Antiochian, Russian and Byzantine Catholicparishes explored the use of the Midwest Diocese' new Parish Health Inventory Model as a framework for focusing parish revitalization efforts.  Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_081114_1.html Last Remaining Sullivan Designed Cathedral Launches Site to Support Restoration Efforts http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080820_1.html Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/headlines/interior.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=120&percent=200"> <div style="text-align: justify;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] – Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral has launched a new web site, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><a href="http://www.friendsofholytrinity.com">www.friendsofholytrinity.com</a>, to support the parish’s multi-year restoration efforts. Holy Trinity, located at 1121 N. Leavitt St., is the last remaining of two Sullivan-designed churches in the Chicago area.<br /></div><br /> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080820_1.html Dioceese to Host 'Town Hall' Meetings http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080620_1.html Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0400 <div style="text-align: justify;">CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] – The Diocese of the Midwest will host three “Town Hall” meetings during the month of July. The “Town Hall” meeting has been conceived as a venue where clergy and laity can offer their suggestions and express their concerns regarding the 15th All-American Council, set to convene in Pittsburgh, PA, 10 - 13 November 2008. <br /><br /><br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080620_1.html Archpastoral Paschal Message of His Eminence, Archbishop JOB http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080424_1.html Wed, 23 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0400 <div style="text-align: center;">To the Esteemed Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful in the Diocese of the Midwest:<br /></div><br />Beloved in the Lord, <br /><br />Christ is Risen!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">I greet all of you in the great joy of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Once again this Lenten Spring has been marked by tremendous distraction from both the world and the Church; distractions which have affected the very life of our Orthodox Church in America, distractions that in some cases have lasted for nearly three years. But despite these many, many distractions we nonetheless have completed the Great Fast and ultimately through the Cross and Resurrection of Christ we have hope.<br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080424_1.html Archbishop JOB's Remarks following Chicago Deanery Bridegroom Matins http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080422_1.html Mon, 21 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0400 <div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;">It has been a long Great Lent. And in many ways it was fraught with distraction. The word distraction is probably the best way to put it, but not the most accurate. There have been distractions from as far away as Alaska and Syosset, New York. <br /></div><br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080422_1.html Diocesan Parish Grant Inititative Launched http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080124_1.html Thu, 24 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://midwestdiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Parish%20Health%20Images/PHGrantapp.jpg&archive=0&final_h=131&final_w=107&percent=30"> CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] – Parish Health Facilitator Joseph Kormos, with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop JOB, today announced a new grant program under the Parish Health Program of the Diocese of the Midwest. The new program will provide stimulus to parishes to begin new ministries or further develop existing parish ministries.<br /><p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> <!--[endif]--><o:p /></p> </div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080124_1.html POSTED: Fall 2007 Diocesan Council Meeting Minutes http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080116_1.html Tue, 15 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Please click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/DOCUMENTS/NOVEMBER2007DCMINUTES.doc">here </a>to download the the official Minutes of the Fall 2007 Diocesan Council Meeting in Word format<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080116_1.html POSTED: Archpastoral Letter to Diocesan Clergy and Laity http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080111_1.html Fri, 11 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p>Archpastoral Letter to the Clergy, Monastics and Laity of the Diocese of the Midwest<br /><a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080207_1.html">(Click here to View)</a><br /><p /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_080111_1.html POSTED: Nativity Message of Archbishop JOB http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071220_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Archpastoral Letter<o:p /></span></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Nativity of the Lord 2007<o:p /></span></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">No. 240<o:p /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> <!--[endif]--><o:p /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: 11pt;">To the Esteemed Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful in the Diocese of the Midwest:<o:p /></span></b></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Dearly Beloved,</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">In the services of the Great Feast of the Nativity, we sing, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men!'</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">This angelic hymn is a 'standard feature' in our liturgical worship throughout the year. It is chanted at every Matins and Compline service, and it is prayed at the very beginning of the Divine Liturgy. Yet, on the Great Feast of the Nativity, it takes on special meaning as we give glory to the God Who, by taking on our human flesh and nature, paves for us the road to salvation by granting the world 'the peace that is from above'.</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It is in the same Spirit of peace -- the 'Peace that passes all understanding,' the Peace that is embodied in the very person of Jesus Christ Himself, that I extend to you, the members of our diocesan family, my most sincere and prayerful best wishes today, as we worship the new-born Christ, and in the new year to come.</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Christ is Born! </span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Today, we rejoice as we affirm that the 'Prince of Peace,' the 'King of Kings' and 'Lord of Lords,' is indeed 'with us.' Today, we freely accept His gift of salvation, so lovingly yet mysteriously granted to the entire world. Today, the angelic hymn, heard by one and all, announces that the long-awaited Messiah has entered our time, our space, and our humanity, to transform and transfigure it and us by His very presence. Today, we anticipate the Savior's ministry to all mankind -- and embrace our own call to become, as Saint Paul reminds us, 'fellow workers' and 'co-ministers' in bringing all creation, not just Jew and Greek, to reflect the Lord's glory and to become 'partakers of His divine nature.'<script> &lt;!-- D([&quot;mb&quot;,&quot;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;I need not remind you that we are living in precarious times. Our society, our families, and our Church continue face innumerable challenges. Economic uncertainty, increasing violence, secularization, the obsession with the material and the &amp;#39;self,&amp;#39; and anxiety for the future surround us. In a word, sin continues to rear its ugly head, casting a net of temptation at life&amp;#39;s every corner and turn. The very Incarnation of Our Savior and its importance for the world have come under attack, labeled &amp;#39;politically incorrect&amp;#39; by those who, while perhaps sincerely seeking peace in a world gripped by fear, reject the very Peace, much less glory, we celebrate on this day. While we, as Orthodox Christians, might bemoan attempts to &amp;#39;take Christ out of Christmas,&amp;#39; even this &amp;#39;misses the mark&amp;#39; of our true ministry as men and women of peace -- to reveal to the world, in our words and by our actions, that Christ is indeed in the world at all times and in all places, and not just on this Feast of His birth; that He makes it possible for the world to overcome sin and temptation and delight in His all-embracing peace; that He clearly calls one and all to the glory which He shared with His Father &amp;#39;before the world began;&amp;#39; and that our attempt to &amp;#39;be all things to all men, that by all means some might be saved,&amp;#39; are surely not in vain.\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;My friends, I would be remiss if, in light of what I have written above, I did not at least mention the present state of our beloved, yet suffering, Orthodox Church in America. At this time last year, I wrote to you with great hope in the recent joint meeting of the Holy Synod and Metropolitan Council. Since then, it has been a rocky-road. We have seen the establishment, frustration, and dissolution of a Special Investigative Commission, the deposition of the former chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, the inception of a new Special Investigative Committee, and the acquisition of a new administration in the Church&amp;#39;s chancery offices. Recently, we have seen the Summary Report of the wrongdoings perpetrated against our Holy Church. And finally, after two years of waiting, we have an answer to my initial question. Yes, the allegations were true. But this, if we are serious about acquiring that Peace of which I wrote above and reflecting the &amp;#39;glory of the Lord&amp;#39; in our lives and actions, cannot be the end, any more than the Incarnation is sufficient in the quest to &amp;#39;work out our own salvation.&amp;#39;&quot;,1] ); //--&gt; </script></span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">I need not remind you that we are living in precarious times. Our society, our families, and our Church continue to face innumerable challenges. Economic uncertainty, increasing violence, secularization, the obsession with the material and the 'self,' and anxiety for the future surround us. In a word, sin continues to rear its ugly head, casting a net of temptation at life's every corner and turn. The very Incarnation of Our Savior and its importance for the world have come under attack, labeled 'politically incorrect' by those who, while perhaps sincerely seeking peace in a world gripped by fear, reject the very Peace, much less glory, we celebrate on this day. While we, as Orthodox Christians, might bemoan attempts to 'take Christ out of Christmas,' even this 'misses the mark' of our true ministry as men and women of peace -- to reveal to the world, in our words and by our actions, that Christ is indeed in the world at all times and in all places, and not just on this Feast of His birth; that He makes it possible for the world to overcome sin and temptation and delight in His all-embracing peace; that He clearly calls one and all to the glory which He shared with His Father 'before the world began;' and that our attempt to 'be all things to all men, that by all means some might be saved,' are surely not in vain.</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">My friends, I would be remiss if, in light of what I have written above, I did not at least mention the present state of our beloved, yet suffering, Orthodox Church in America. At this time last year, I wrote to you with great hope in the recent joint meeting of the Holy Synod and Metropolitan Council. Since then, it has been a rocky road. We have seen the establishment, frustration, and dissolution of a Special Investigative Commission, the deposition of the former chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, the inception of a new Special Investigative Committee, and the acquisition of a new administration in the Church's chancery offices. Recently, we have seen the Summary Report of the wrongdoings perpetrated against our Holy Church. And finally, after two years of waiting, we have an answer to my initial question. Yes, the allegations were true. But this, if we are serious about acquiring that Peace of which I wrote above and reflecting the 'glory of the Lord' in our lives and actions, cannot be the end, any more than the Incarnation is sufficient in the quest to 'work out our own salvation.'<script> &lt;!-- D([&quot;mb&quot;,&quot;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;My greatest responsibility is to tend to the souls of those entrusted to my care. By His Incarnation, Our Merciful Savior calls one and all -- including myself -- to repentance and confession as a means of realizing the &amp;#39;Peace that passes all understanding&amp;#39; and a first step to acquiring &amp;#39;the glory of the Lord&amp;#39; of which we sing today. And I dare say that without true repentance and confession, there can be no mercy or forgiveness, no peace or understanding, and no glory. Without true repentance and confession, we may join our voices with the angelic hosts in worshipping the incarnate Savior, but our words are reduced to pious platitudes, devoid of the very Spirit in Whom our journey to the Kingdom is rooted.\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;My dear friends, as we celebrate this great and holy feast, let us pray for Our Savior&amp;#39;s Peace -- but let our prayer begin with our own repentance and confession, and that of our entire beloved Church, that the &amp;#39;Peace from above&amp;#39; that He makes possible by His Incarnation will cast aside all that is ungodly in our world, in our lives, and in our Church.\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;Invoking God’s Blessing upon you, and with prayerful best wishes for your celebration of our Lord’s Holy Nativity, I remain\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;Faithfully yours in Christ,\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;+ JOB\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\u003cb\&gt;\u003ci\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!\u003c/p\&gt;\u003c/i\&gt;\u003c/b\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt;\u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\n\u003cp align\u003d\&quot;justify\&quot;\&gt; \u003c/p\&gt;\u003c/font\&gt;\u003c/div\&gt;\n&quot;,0] ); //--&gt; </script></span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">My greatest responsibility is to tend to the souls of those entrusted to my care. By His Incarnation, Our Merciful Savior calls one and all -- including myself -- to repentance and confession as a means of realizing the 'Peace that passes all understanding' and a first step to acquiring 'the glory of the Lord' of which we sing today. And I dare say that without true repentance and confession, there can be no mercy or forgiveness, no peace or understanding, and no glory. Without true repentance and confession, we may join our voices with the angelic hosts in worshipping the incarnate Savior, but our words are reduced to pious platitudes, devoid of the very Spirit in Whom our journey to the Kingdom is rooted.</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">My dear friends, as we celebrate this great and holy feast, let us pray for Our Savior's Peace -- but let our prayer begin with our own repentance and confession, and that of our entire beloved Church, that the 'Peace from above' that He makes possible by His Incarnation will cast aside all that is ungodly in our world, in our lives, and in our Church.</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Invoking God’s Blessing upon you, and with prayerful best wishes for your celebration of our Lord’s Holy Nativity, I remain</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Faithfully yours in Christ,</span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Dingbats;">=</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">JOB<o:p /></span></p><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: justify;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest<o:p /></span></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071220_1.html St Paul Church, Dayton, to host Pre-Christmas Retreat http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071109_1.html Thu, 08 Nov 2007 00:00:00 -0500 <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman";">DAYTON,OH [MW COMMUNICATIONS] - The parish of St Paul will host a pre-Christmas retreat on Saturday, December 1, 2007 here.<span>&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> The theme of the retreat, Living Spiritually in a Chaotic World, will be explored with the help of the key-note presenter, Fr Christopher of New Skete Monastery in upstate New York. <br /> <br /> The cost of the day-long retreat is $10.00 per person (this includes lunch).Pre-registration is required, the deadline being November 26. <br /> <br /> The day will begin at 10am with the Akathist: &quot;Glory to God for All Things&quot;, and will conclude with Great Vespers at 5pm. <br /> <br /> For further information contact Fr Ted Bobosh at 937.320.9977 or stpauldayton@aol.com</span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071109_1.html Financial Audit Manual Presented at Diocesan Assembly http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071018_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CLEVELAND, OH. [MW Communications] - Auditig professionals and CPA's from throughout the diocese have collaborated on a set of &quot;How to&quot; guidelines for conductig financial audits on the parish level. <br /><br />The documet, which can be found <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/Parish%20Health/ParishAuditGuidelinesupdate.pdf">here</a> is meant to be a thorough yet practical view of testing the financial practices of the parish. <br /><br /><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></font> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071018_1.html Assembly Previews Lay Catechist Program http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071017_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CLEVELAND, OH [MW Communications] - Fr Michael Butler, Director of Diaconal Vocations for the Diocese shared with delegates to the Diocesan Assembly plans for establishing a lay catechist training and certification program in the diocese.<br /><br />Fr Michael has proposed a virtual school with online courses developed and posted to the Diocesan Website. These courses would be supplemented with live collaborative 'webinars' with teachers and face to face weekend retreats. <br /><br />Eventually an intergated curriculum for deacons, catechists, church school teachers, readers, subdeacons, choir directors and youth workers could become available.<br /><br />The first step for 07-08 is to engage persons currently functioning as lay catechists within the diocese to collaborate to create content for courses in Formation for Ministry, Basics of Orthodoxy and Intro to Scripture.<br /><br />Download the preview materials <a href="http://www.midwestdiocese.org/files/Parish%20Health/DCSPresentation.ppt">here</a>. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071017_2.html POSTED: Minutes of the 46th Diocesan Assembly http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071011_1.html Wed, 10 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0400 Please click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/46assemblyminutes.html">here </a>to view the the official Minutes of the 46th Diocesan Assembly Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071011_1.html POSTED: Archpastoral Report to the 46th Annual Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071004_1.html Thu, 04 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0400 <div style="text-align: center;"> ARCHPASTORAL REPORT<br />To the 46th Annual Assembly of the<br />Diocese of the Midwest<br />October 1-3, 2007<br /></div>___________________________________________<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">The Lord Said, </span><br style="font-style: italic;" /> <br style="font-style: italic;" /> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be My disciple. For which of your, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’</span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">“Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand. Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. </span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;"> “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be MY disciple.”</span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">(Luke 14:26-33)</span><br /></div> <br /> Reverend Father, Delegates, honored Guests, Brothers and Sisters in the Lord: <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Glory to Jesus Christ!<br /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: justify;">With humility and with a profound sense of inadequacy, I stand before you to report on the state of the the Diocese of the Midwest – a Diocese which does not exist in a vacuum, although possessing and sharing in the fullness of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church – but as a vital and integral part of the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_2">autocephalous</span> Orthodox Church in America – the local, territorial Church which enjoys and unbroken history since 1794, when Orthodox Christianity was first planted on the North American Continent by missionaries of the Church of Russia. <br /><br />Several years ago, in my annual report I described diocesan life using the metaphor of a roller coaster ride – hills and valleys, highs and lows, successes and failures, joys and disappointments. Fortunately, that metaphor in terms of the life of our beloved Diocese of the Midwest, in my estimation, is no longer applicable, except perhaps in the feeling attained at the end of the roller coaster ride, after the ascents and descents, when one is again on level ground and coasting, in anticipation of the next adventure. We have but to read the excellent reports of the Chancellor and Deans to see that there is indeed stability in the Diocese, in our parishes and missions, and that we are striving faithfully, with God’s help, to make our Diocese the best that she can be. I will refer to these reports later. <br /><br />In anticipation of this Assembly, returning once again to the Cleveland Deanery, I was excited by the fact that it is being hosted by three parishes: Archangel Michael in <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_3">Broadview</span> heights, Holy Trinity in <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_4">Parma</span> and St Theodosius in the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_5">Tremont</span> Section of Cleveland. I should like to focus on the three parish temples, on the beauty that they share, but also on the unique differences or attributes that distinguishes each of them. <br /><br />Holy Trinity’s temple, with its imposing architectural elements, both modern and traditional, and its beautiful scheme of iconography, is a new edifice, its consecration occurring only about ten years ago. <br /><br />Archangel <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_8">Michael</span>’s temple is around three decades old, recently expanded and initially incorporating many appointments from the old church in Cleveland such as the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_9">iconostasis</span> as well as the main cupola on its roof. The cupola crowns the temple and stands as a symbol of legacy and continuity. The interior of the temple boasts a gorgeously carved <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_10">iconstasis</span> and the whole temple has been, for lack of a better word, “transfigured” by beautiful iconography. <br /><br />St Theodosius Cathedral parish takes pride in its temple – an imposing edifice of superb architecture which has stood as a monument to Orthodoxy for the better part of 100 years. It has recently undergone extensive renovation and refurbishing, achieving a beauty which, in my estimation, greatly exceeds the original expectations. <br /><br />Every parish or mission community, whether building, expanding or refurbishing can look to one of these examples. They each possess in their own way a newness, a freshness – an image of a corresponding spiritual renewal. <br /><br />My friends, months ago, in anticipation of this 46th Diocesan Assembly, I had determined that my report to you would concentrate on Diocesan life, on the successes, joys, and the things that we seem “to be doing right.” My intention was simply to acknowledge the ongoing crisis affecting the Orthodox Church in America, but with anticipation that the problems were not only being addressed but were being solved, promising happier days ahead. Finally, we could see a light at the end of the tunnel, maybe still a long way off, but definitely present. O foolish, foolish man that I am! Before beginning this report I read that of last year, again and again. I am loath to say that with changes in dates, and some minor adjustments, I could easily give that report again, now, one year, a whole year later. There is still no light at the end of the tunnel; the tunnel has become longer and has evolved into a maze, becoming evermore complex and convoluted. If the details of this ongoing saga were part of a surreal fantasy or science fiction adventure it could almost be entertaining, but my brothers and sisters, we are dealing with reality – a reality so dark and twisted that it challenges our very imagination – that can be described only as tragic and unthinkable. It pains me to report that since we assembled in Palatine last year, despite “official” proclamations of progress, improvements and optimism, in my estimation things have only gotten worse, and there is every indication that the situation will worsen. Unless there are drastic changes, and I will elaborate further on, we are on a collision course with disaster. So, obvious to most, the scandal has a profound impact on the life of our Diocesan Church and every parish, mission, monastery and institution within her – whether we like to admit it or not. And to pretend otherwise is to be in denial and to be out of touch with reality. As I have stated on many other occasions, souls are at stake! <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/admin/editor.php">&nbsp;</a><br /><br /></div> <span style="font-weight: bold;">ROLLER COASTER RIDE</span><br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />I have mentioned that, thankfully, the roller coaster analogy <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_13">doesn</span>’t really apply anymore to the life of the Midwest, but, unfortunately, it most definitely applies to my life. The crisis and scandal have affected me greatly. Mine is a soul in distress. I feel compelled to bare it to you, my beloved, not to elicit from you sympathy or pity, but rather your understanding of one who has often described himself as sitting too high for his own good, or for anyone else’s for that matter. I began this report confessing my feeling of inadequacy. I must also apologize for the lack of coherence in this report. Even my sense of order and logical progression has become challenged as of late. I am cognizant of the fact that my leadership or lack thereof has been questioned by many, but I assure you, not any more strenuously than my own questioning of it. I have never been in this position before and I have never faced such challenges during my 24 years of episcopal ministry. I have often been nearly overcome by this feeling of inadequacy and I am painfully aware of my sinfulness, ineptitude, and deficiencies. Because of this acceptance of reality, I have sought counsel from trusted and greatly respected people – both clergy and laity. Very often the opinions are miles apart, and the process of discernment continues. Sometimes I feel like <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_15">Reb</span> <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_16">Tevye</span> in Fiddler on the Roof, “...on the other hand...but on the other hand...” Finally, I come to the conclusion, as did <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_17">Tevye</span>, “There is no other hand.” I will make this conclusion known to you later. <br /><br />My dears, I confess to you that this crisis has been for me, more and more fraught with temptation: the temptation to be <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_18">unrighteously</span> judgemental; the temptation to condemn; the temptation to discard objectivity, to discard personal values, to betray noble motives; to become indifferent, even despondent, to despair. <br /><br />I’<span class="hm" id="misp_compose_19">ve</span> often stated that in our little <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_20">OCA</span>, where many people know many others and have had longstanding relationships with them, we have largely failed in learning how to agree to disagree. I’<span class="hm" id="misp_compose_22">ve</span> used the example of a most unfortunate exchange; regarding not concepts or points, but personalities: <br /><br />The first person says: <br />“You do not agree with me. <br /> That means you are not with me.<br /> That means you don’t like me. <br /> That means you are against me. <br /> That means you’re out to get me. <br /> That means you are attacking me.<br /> That means I have to destroy you.”<br /><br />The Second person – should reply:<br /> “No, it means I don’t agree with you. That’s all. Let’s have a cup of coffee and discuss it, and maybe you’ll convince me, or at least we might be able to reach some compromise.”<br /><br />But, my friends, our reality has shown that the exchange would not take place. The second person would never have been given the opportunity to respond, and the attack by the first person, with the motive of character assassination would begin. And, my sisters and brothers, there would be no opportunity for discussion, for dialog, or for compromise. This scenario was repeated again and again and continues today and has become the basis for promoting personal agendas and lusting after power and authority. Is this noble; is it righteous; is it Christian? Can it ever be justifiable as being “for the good of the Church?” God forbid! And may He help us all, because this is how we’<span class="hm" id="misp_compose_24">ve</span> been operating in the Holy Synod and Central Church Administration for years, and we are slow to adopt an alternative.<br /><br style="font-weight: bold;" /><span style="font-weight: bold;">FAILURES</span><br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />I beg your indulgence as I quote from last year’s report concerning failures:<br /><br />“The crisis facing our Church today is not theological; it is one of <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_25">ecclesiology</span> and how we have failed to live it, it is one of proper administration. It is not our hope in the Gospel and the Lord it proclaims that we lack – rather, it is the failure of the Church to administer herself effectively so as to proclaim that Lord and salvation in Him. And in terms of administration and governance, we must begin by admitting our failure. I have on numerous occasions confessed to you my personal failure, and do so again, taking responsibility for not doing more to help bring this crisis to an end. <br /><br />The reality, apart from the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_26">why's</span> and wherefore's, the who and the when, is that each level of administration has failed. Is there anyone who can effectively debate this? This is reality, and it is a sad one! His Beatitude has not yet succeeded in resolving this crisis. The Holy Synod has failed to resolve it, or even to address it satisfactorily; the Metropolitan Council has failed (although we applaud their most recent efforts to act responsibly). The Administration as a whole has failed. Most dioceses have failed even to address the crisis. The reality is that no one is exempt from this failure. If we are to deal with this crisis effectively, we must begin with this reality – not in accordance with our hopes, our dreams, our wishes, our preferences, our delusions, our set of villains or heroes, victims or abusers – but rather with reality. The reality is that we have failed, and given the scope and complexity of the crisis, we have failed miserably! <br /><br />But if our acceptance of reality causes us to be sad, then there is hope, because we have the capability of repentance, of change. Is this not at the very heart of the Gospel we proclaim?”<br /><br />My friends, these words were written one year ago! What, essentially has changed? Granted, some players have been eliminated at <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_27">Syosset</span>, and others added. I feel sorry for the new administrative team. It seems that they are not provided with any direction, largely because the “director” still chooses to reside in another state, in defiance of the Canons and the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_28">OCA</span> Statute. The Metropolitan Council has acted admirably, but their decisions have been disregarded. It is painful for me to address the fate of the Special Commission, so I will refer you to Father Vladimir <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_29">Berzonsky</span>’s report. However, I will share with you a portion of His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN’S letter of September 18, 2007, in which he accepts my resignation from the special commission, along with those of <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_30">Archpriests</span> Vladimir <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_31">Berzonsky</span> and John Reeves. <br /><br />“While I understand the frustration that you and others feel with the pace of the progress in our common purpose of restoring the integrity of the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_32">OCA</span>, I must confess my deep disappointment that you have continued to alienate yourself from the very process of reform. When I appointed you to chair the Committee, it was my hope you could be a force for uniting the Church in a common goal. However, the result has been anything but unity. We have become polarized over issues that have nothing to do with our spiritual mission or doctrine. Rather, the focus has become who gets to decide what and who is compromised and who is not. You have missed a golden opportunity to help lead us closer to renewal and for that, I am deeply saddened. Hopefully, the new committee that I will appoint to continue your work will have more success.”<br /><br />I invite you to analyze those statements for yourselves. My only comment at this time is that all we wanted was to continue our work – unimpeded – but our efforts were constantly frustrated, precluding any semblance of “success.”<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">THE DIOCESE</span><br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />Out of fear that I may be depressing you as much as I am depressing myself, I should like to speak again about our Diocesan Church. Despite the menacing shadow of crisis and scandal, I want to emphasize that so many good things are happening in our communities. I hope everyone has carefully read the deanery Reports, the Missions committee Report, and the Parish Health Ministry Report. They tell of youth camps, late vocations, seminarian support, charities, educational programs, property upkeep and beautification projects, Marriage Enrichment Seminars, Choral Concerts, <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_33">FOCA</span> Activities and events, community outreach, parish retreats, greeters ministries, soup kitchens, food and clothing drives for the needy, family festivals, stewardship workshops, support for overseas missions, support for the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_34">Hogar</span> Rafael orphanage in Guatemala and Project Mexico, parish bookstores and coffee houses, building of new temples and their consecrations, tremendous improvements at St John’s Monastery and a new home for Presentation of the Virgin Monastery, etc. etc. This just illustrates that our parishes, missions and monastic communities are doing what they are supposed to be doing. When I get down, I just look at the beautiful, new <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_35">iconostasis</span> at Christ the Savior Church at the Chancery, and I receive instant encouragement and hope.<br /><br />Our Parish Health Ministry has been very successful and its work must continue and we must provide necessary funding. Quoting from the report: <br /><br />“ To our knowledge reaction has been almost universally positive… ‘A breath of fresh air’, ‘a fine resource’ and ‘the web-based tools are a big help’ have been common words of encouragement.” <br /><br />Glory to God for all of these blessings and sincere gratitude and a tip of the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_36">klobuk</span> to all who make these “successes” possible through their dedicated efforts requiring time, talents, resources, and most of all, their love. <br /><br /></div> <span style="font-weight: bold;">ARCHBISHOP JOHN</span><br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />In compiling the prayer for the health of our Church for the special day of prayer and fasting and repeated earlier today at our service for the beginning of this Assembly, I made references to <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_37">hierarchs</span> and others who have gone before us and to their vision for a united Orthodox witness to the North American Continent, and that we may be restored to that same vision which unfortunately we have allowed to be diffused and to fade into obscurity. Among those visionaries is our own Archbishop JOHN of thrice blessed memory. On Bright Wednesday of this year we observed the 25th Anniversary of his falling asleep in the Lord. May his memory be eternal.<br /><br style="font-weight: bold;" /></div> <span style="font-weight: bold;">BACK TO THE CRISIS</span><br style="font-weight: bold;" /> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />My Brothers and Sisters, I began this report by quoting from the 14th chapter of St Luke’s Gospel, quoting the Lord Jesus who asks two questions: the first regarding the building of a tower and the second regarding the waging of war of one king against another. Both address the need for prudent assessment of the situation and careful planning at the beginning of each project and certainly along the way. Failure to do so, in the first instance is to invite mockery, (“this man began to build and was not able to finish.”) and in the second case feasibility and the possibility of negotiation in order to avoid defeat and destruction, (“…while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.”) Both examples are given after the Lord’s “hard saying”, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26) This implies selfless sacrifice. <br /><br />The first example, the building of a tower, can be applied to the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_38">autocephaly</span> of the Orthodox Church in America – the gift of <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_39">autocephaly</span>. It began on a good foundation, but we who came after did not build on it wisely. The second example can be applied to the crisis. Instead of recognizing and confronting the real enemy – Satan, the father of lies, others were challenged, the Gospel set aside, and the wisdom of this world was sought after, without determination of any “conditions of peace,” of “give and take” so that good can be accomplished. <br /><br />Returning to last year’s report, there are three statements that I wish to review: <br />#1. “As to the convening of an All American Council in 2008, in accordance with the provision of the Statute, I am totally in favor of this.” No Change. One year later I remain in favor of this, and it looks like it will happen. But I must stress that it must be a real council and not a Toronto #2. <br /><br />#2. “As to the withholding of assessments to the Central Church Administration and the placing of these funds in escrow, after giving this much thought and prayer, I find myself opposed to this…” Obviously this has changed, although in theory I am still opposed to the idea of withholding. It was an act of desperation; I feel that we were backed into a corner and were forced to take this drastic measure. It may seem ironic that the diocese that was always so faithful in the timely remittance of the monthly assessment payments and out of consideration even provided early payment if there was a cash flow problem in <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_40">Syosset</span> would now do otherwise. But, my friends, I submit that we continue to be faithful, but presently with greater cognizance of good stewardship. We remember the servant who hid his master’s talent in the ground. Need I say more? Our Diocesan Council members (and I am honored to be numbered with them) debated and considered over and over again the ramifications of such a drastic action and bent over backwards to give the benefit of a doubt. Then somehow, mysteriously, we agreed to a series of monthly benchmarks, giving the Central Church Administration adequate time in each instance to respond to our expectations. The first one – a special meeting of the Holy Synod to be held in July – was easy. The check was delivered. The second benchmark, the release of the report of the Special Commission, even in a redacted form, and the unimpeded continuation of the work of the Special Commission – that should have been easy also, because both were mandated twice by the Metropolitan Council and twice ratified by the Holy Synod. These two points constituted the proverbial “fly in the ointment.” I provided a courtesy letter to His Beatitude informing him that we would resume our work and implying that proceeding “without interference” would mean the restoration of Mr Gregory <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_41">Nescott</span> to the Commission. His Beatitude’s letter of reply stated unequivocally that neither was acceptable to him. This was a big mistake. I refer again to Luke 14:32, “Or else , while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.” I submit that had he permitted the Commission to resume its work, even in merely formulating a gameplan to be submited to the Synod later this month, and had stated that he might be inclined to reconsider his dismissal of Mr. <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_42">Nescott</span>, I would have signed the assessment checks for August and September and directed that they be sent to <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_43">Syosset</span>. There would be no withholding, no cashflow problems in <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_44">Syosset</span>, and a definite boost in morale across the board in the whole church. Instead, no hint of good diplomacy, and no “conditions of peace.”<br /><br /></div> <span style="font-weight: bold;">REJOICE AND BE GLAD – GRATITUDE</span><br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />Before I come to the third point, I urge you and all our faithful to rejoice in the good things happening in the Diocese of the Midwest. We have a steady, yearly influx of seminarians to both seminaries. We try to assist them as well as we can. I am grateful to the clergy and lay leadership in our communities. I wish to thank our Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest John Zdinak, for his wise consul, his patience with me and his constant encouragement. I wish to express my gratitude to our Deans: Father Thaddeus Wojcik, Father Thomas Mueller, Father John Steffaro, Father Andrew Yavornitzky and Father Timothy Sawchak. I also wish to express my appreciation for the years of service and wise counsel of Father Daniel Rentel, who decided to step down as Dean of the Columbus Deanery. Deacon Joseph Matusiak continues to do his multi-faceted job and continues to put up with my foibles and blunders. Mr. Rob Koncel, our Diocesan Treasurer, Father Luke Nelson, our bookkeeper and our Finance Committee members: Dr. Dick West, Mr. John Sedor and Mr. Sam D’Fantis continue to work their “magic” in keep our Diocese afloat, financially speaking. Father John Baker, as property manager, does an exemplary job with our buildings and grounds, although he finally gave up trying to keep my desk and office neat and presentable. And working with all these people and all of you people is a real joy and blessing for me. Thank you! And I will always be grateful for your prayerful support. <br /><br style="font-weight: bold;" /></div> <span style="font-weight: bold;">THE THIRD POINT</span><br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />And now to the third and most difficult point. Last year in Palatine I stated in my report to you, “As to the resignation of Metropolitan HERMAN, I do not want this to occur. I want him to solve the problems and put an end to the crisis, but with full involvement and assistance of the Holy Synod and the Metropolitan Council, as it should be.”<br />My friends, my heart goes out to His Beatitude, and I mean that sincerely. I cannot imagine the pressure he is under as he endures bad press, hurtful and insulting criticisms and even an on-line petition for his resignation. I honestly wanted him to oversee a process for discovering the truth, making it known and devising a plan to restore integrity and confidence in the Central Church Administration. I hoped against hope for this to happen, but in reality, a year later, we are in worse shape than ever, and again, it promises only to get worse. Mistake after mistake; dysfunction upon dysfunction. I realize that I now place myself in a most vulnerable position. By all that I hold in honor, and out of duty to the Church, to the Diocese and to all of you, it is certainly no joy for me, but rather an agony, to state that I have no confidence in the leadership of His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, and with respect and out of love and concern, I ask him to step down as First Hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America in order to assuage the suffering of the Church and her people. <br /><br style="font-weight: bold;" /></div> <span style="font-weight: bold;">ENCOURAGEMENT</span><br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />I am encouraged by the recent article by Archpriest John Breck which recently appeared on the <span class="hm" id="misp_compose_45">OCA</span> website from which I offer a few quotes:<br /><br />“...in every tragedy, every disaster, every experience of anguish and pain, Jesus is present as the Suffering Servant and Crucified Lord. The crucified and living One not only knows our every experience, good and evil, but that He also shares in them, He takes part in those experiences to the full. In the midst of every natural disaster, just as in crises provoked by human ambition, greed, weakness, stupidity or pride, He is with us, sharing fully in that situation, assuming its consequences, and bearing its bitter fruit into eternity. God does not simply &quot;break into&quot; our domain of time and space on occasion, to work out some particular project or effect an astonishing miracle, as some Christian theologians would have it. Orthodoxy has always known that God &quot;is closer to us than our own heart,&quot; that He knows, governs and participates in every aspect of our life, without exception. <br /><br />“But this means as well that there is nothing that happens – no event or occasion, however tragic it may be – that does not in some mysterious (sacramental) way, serve His purpose for our salvation and the salvation of all creation. This does not mean that God creates tragedy or encourages sin. These are consequences of human freedom in a fallen world. Nevertheless, whether we can perceive it or not, there is no such consequence that God cannot and does not use for His purpose and to His glory. When it is assumed with faith, however shaky, there is ultimate meaning to all our suffering, no matter what its cause or how great its intensity. With the apostle Paul, we can have absolute confidence that our anguish &quot;completes what is lacking in Christ's afflictions,&quot; and does so by God's grace &quot;for the sake of the Body, that is, the Church&quot; (Col 1:24).<br /><br />“Christ in His infinite mercy and compassion is present, sharing all the pain and suffering of those who are victims of natural disasters, of abuse perpetrated by those who should know better, and of their own legacy that often means ongoing depression and misery. He is present, but not merely to accompany us. Because that presence is one of suffering love, it serves also to heal, to bless, and to save us. <br /><br />“… God is truly Lord and the Church into which we are called by His boundless, unqualified love is truly the Body of the Risen Christ. That living and life-giving Body is and will remain the source of salvation for us and for the cosmos itself. And we can be certain – we can bank our very life on it – that no matter how great the tragedy or how corrupting the sin, not even the gates of hell will prevail against it.”<br /></div> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">CONCLUSION</span><br /> <br /> That being said, it is time to conclude this report. There is a popular Orthodox saying that God love three’s. So for the third year in a row I conclude, rejoicing in the fact that the Diocese of the Midwest is identified with HONESTY, INTEGRITY, OPENNESS, COURAGE and HONOR. To these qualities I will add LOVE OF TRUTH. As long as we continue to work for them and cherish them, God will continue to bless our endeavors. Glory to God for all things!<br /> Thank you.<br /> <br /> <br /> ✝JOB<br /> Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest<br /> <br /> <p><br /> </p> <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_071004_1.html Info for Cleveland Choral Workshop Posted http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070924_2.html Mon, 24 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0400 Information on the Choral Workshop to be held in Cleveland OH can be found <a href="/files/Parish Health/Clevelandchoirworkshop.pdf" target="_blank" title="Clevelandchoirworkshop.pdf">here.</a> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070924_2.html Clergy Compenstaion Committe Proposes Changes to Policy http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070924_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - The Diocesan Clergy Compensation Committee, consisting of Fr Andrew yavornitzky, Fr Drew Clements and Sam DeFantis have completed their work. A proposed update to the clergy compensation policy has been posted <a href="/files/Parish Health/CLERGYCOMPFINAL.pdf" target="_blank" title="CLERGYCOMPFINAL.pdf">here.</a> <br /><br />The Committee recommended that the policy be reviewed by each deanery during 2007-08. Updates will be incorporated and the final policy will be moved and acted upon at the 2008 Diocesan Assembly.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070924_1.html Holy Dormition Monastery to Host Retreat for Clergy Wives http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070919_1.html Fri, 14 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO,IL [MW Commuications] - A two day retreat for clergy wives will be held on October 12-14, 2007 at Holy Dormition Moastery in Rives Junction, Michigan. <br />The theme of the retreat will be &quot;Buildig Up the Body of Christ&quot;. <br /><br />The Keynote Speaker will be Joanne Abdalah, a licensed social worker with Family Hospice.<br /><br />The $70.00 registration fee covers four meals and two nights lodging. Registration for Saturday only is $50.00. Registration can be phoned in to Kh. Leslee Abud on 810.695.2177, or emailed to <a href="mailto:laabud@aol.com">laabud@aol.com</a> or Mat. 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They are the editors of <span style="font-style: italic;">The Word, </span>the official magazine of the Antiochia Archdiocese. <br /><br />Click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/VARIOUS/wivesretreat.doc">here</a> to download retreat flyer<br /><br /></span><span><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span><span><font size="3"><br /></font></span><span><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span><span><font size="3"><br /></font></span> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070919_1.html POSTED: Archbishop JOB and Members Resign from Special Commission http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070915_1.html Sat, 15 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0400 <div style="text-align: center;">Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross<br />September 14, 2007<br />#181<br /></div><br /><br />His Beatitude, The Most Blessed HERMAN<br />Archbishop of Washington and New York<br />Metropolitan of All America and Canada<br />PO Box 675<br />Syosset, NY I l79l<br /><br />Your Beatitude:<br /><br />Glory to Jesus Christ!<br /><br />After a great deal of frustration, and thought, and discussion, the undersigned members of the Special Commission investigating the crisis in the Orthodox Church in America have decided to notify Your Beatitude of our resignations from the Commission, effective immediately.<br /><br />We do so after carefully considering all of our options, and after offering prayers for guidance. We have reached this painful decision with difficulty, but are convinced that there is no other choice.<br /><br />On December 12,2006, Your Beatitude created a committee charged &quot;to work together with one another and with the attomeys from Proskauer Rose to bring the investigation to a conclusion in the most appropriate way.&quot;<br /><br />On March 13, 2007, following the presentation of the Preliminary Report of the Special Commission to the Metropolitan Council, the Council unanimously endorsed the continued work of the Commission, authorizing its members &quot;to serve on a Special Commission continuing the investigation to a conclusion in the most appropriate way,&quot; while agreeing that &quot;the work of the Special Commission be independent and free of interference from anyone outside the Special Commission.&quot; That action by the Mehopolitan Council was thereafter approved by the Holy Synod at its March meeting.<br /><br />On June 13,2007, the Metropolitan Council approved, by a vote of 20-1, the following motion: &quot;As also previously authorized and directed by the Metropolitan Council and the Holy Synod, the Special Commission is directed to continue, without delay, its investigation of financial malfeasance affecting the Church, without any hindrance or limit, and to report its findings and recommendations no less often than monthly to the Metropolitan Council and the Holy Synod.&quot; The minutes of that meeting reflect that Your Beatitude said you did not object to the motion. <br /><br />On September 10, 2007, I wrote to Your Beatitude, advising you that based on the actions of the Metropolitan Council and the Holy Synod, the Commission would be restarting its work this week. You responded on September ll that the status of the Commission will be on the agenda for the upcoming joint meeting of the Holy Synod and the Metropolitan Council, and said that reconvening the Commission &quot;at this time would only add further complexity to an already difficult situation.&quot;<br /><br />Our resignations from the Commission are based, in part, on these facts:<br /><br />l. The failure to promptly release the Preliminary Report of the Commission to the whole Church, even though such release was recommended by the Commission and authorized by vote of the Metropolitan Council in March 2007.<br /><br />2. The failure of Proskauer Rose to cooperate fully with the Commission and to provide all documents requested in a timely manner.<br /><br />3. Certain actions taken by members of the central administration of the Church which impeded the work of the Commission.<br /><br />4. The removal of Gregory Nescott as a member of the Commission by Your Beatitude.<br /><br />5. The refusal to permit the Commission to pursue any part of the detailed course of investigation first set out in January 2007, at the Commission's meeting in Parma, Ohio.<br /><br />6. Repeate delays in permitting the Commission to restart and expeditiously complete its work, without interference and unimpeded, even while the people of the Church continue to seek honest answers and our Orthodox Church in America suffers, mired in scandal, for nearly two years now.<br /><br />It is with enonnous sorrow that the undersigned members of the Special Commission take this action.<br /><br />I have instructed the undersigned members to promptly retum all materials related to the investigation to Alexandra Makosky.<br /><br />Asking your holy prayers for my unworthiness, I remain,<br /><br />Your brother and concelebrant,<br /><br />+JOB<br />Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest<br /><br />Very Reverend Vladimir Berzonsky<br />Very Reverend John Reeves<br />Mr. Gregory Nescott Esq. - Former Member<br /><br /><br />cc. <br />The Most Reverend DMITRI, Archbishop of Dallas, and the South<br /><br />The Most Reverend NATHANIEL, Archbishop of Detroit, and of the Romanian Episcopate<br /><br />The Most Reverend SERAPHIM, Archbishop of Ottawa and of Canada<br /><br />The Right Reverend NIKOLAI, Bishop of Sitka, Anchorage, and of Alaska<br /><br />The Right Revercnd NIKON, Bishop of Boston, New England, and of the Albanian Archdiocese<br /><br />The Right Reverend TIKHON, Bishop of Philadelphia and of Eastern Pennsylvania<br /><br />The Right Reverend BENJAMIN, Bishop of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and of the West<br /><br />The Right Reverend IRINEU, Bishop of Dearborn Heighs, Auxiliary of the Romanian Episcopate<br /><br />The Right Reverend ALEJO, Bishop of Mexico City, Auxiliary to the Metopolitan<br /><br />Metropolitan Council Members Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070915_1.html Minneapolis Orthodox Clergy to Offer Introduction to Orthodox Christianity Course http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070822_1.html Wed, 22 Aug 2007 00:00:00 -0400 MINNEAPOLIS,MN (MW Communications) - The Orthodox Clergy Association of the Minneapolis area are offering a thirteen week Introduction to Orthodox Christianity course designed to help one grow in their understanding of the Orthodox Faith. Many clergy from the Diocese of the Midwest will be teaching classes within the course. <br /><br />The course is being offered free of charge and classes will convene at St George Greek Orthodox Church in St Paul, Minnesota. <br /><br />Please click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/VARIOUS/schedule.pdf">here</a> for a schedule of classes and a roster of lecturers.<br /> <br />Click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/VARIOUS/Registration.pdf">here</a> to download the registration form.<br /><br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070822_1.html Diocese of the Midwest to Withhold Central Church Assesments http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070814_1.html Tue, 14 Aug 2007 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] - In a letter dated 14 August and addressed to OCA Acting-Treasurer Very Reverend Paul Kucynda, His Eminence, Archbishop JOB informed the Central Church Administration that the Diocese of the Midwest, beginning this month, will withhold and escrow assesments to the Central Church Administration. <br /><br />In the letter His Eminence references the amended &quot;Palatine Resolution&quot; which the Diocesan Council passed at its June 26, 2007 meeting <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070627_1.html">(read that resolution here</a>) and which sets a series of 'benchmarks' to be met before the Diocese of the Midwest will submit Central Church assesments. <br /><br />Read His Eminence's letter <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/No158.PDF">here</a>.<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070814_1.html Archbishop JOB participates in 4th annual Nikolai of Zicha pilgrimage http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070717_3.html Sun, 15 Jul 2007 00:00:00 -0400 LIBERTYVILLE, IL[MW Communications] - His Eminence Archbishop JOB, at the invitation of His Eminence Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER of the Serbian Orthodox Church participated in the 4th annual Nikolai of Zicha pilgrimage at St Sava Monastery here. <br /><br />St Nikolai Velimirovich, a survivor of Nazi attrocities at the Dachu Concentration Camp in Germany, came to America in 1942 to teach at St Sava's Seminary here. He later settled at St Tikhon's Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania where he served as seminary Dean and Rector. <br /><br />St Nikolai fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday March 17, 1956. He was buried at St Sava's Monastery. <br /><br />In 1991 St Nikolai's relics were transfered to Serbia. St Nikolai was canonized by the Serbian Orthodox Church on May 19, 2003. <br />Please click <a href="http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=100825">here</a> for the Life of St Nikolai.<br /><br />Click <a href="http://dce.oca.org/sections/Resources/american-saints.pdf">here</a> for a recent Department of Christian Education activity book for children and parents in which St Nikolai's life is presented for children together with activities for youth. <br /><br />Click <a href="http://www.midwestdiocese.org/photos/index.php?album=7-15-07-libetyville-il">here</a> for a photo gallery of the pilgrimage.<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070717_3.html MIDWEST DIOCESAN COUNCIL ADDRESSES "PALATINE RESOLUTION," OFFERS "BENCHMARKS" http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070628_1.html Thu, 28 Jun 2007 00:00:00 -0400 CHICAGO, IL [MW Communications] -- His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest, chaired a meeting of the diocesan council and diocesan deans here on Tuesday, June 26, 2007.<br /><br />The meeting was a continuation of the regular council meeting on May 9, 2007, at which council members were unable to achieve a consensus on implementation of the &quot;Palatine Resolution,&quot; passed at the October 2006<br />diocesan assembly held in Palatine, IL, that called for the diocese to escrow assessments to the Orthodox Church in America until such time as progress was made in addressing the crisis facing the Church administration.<br /><br />&quot;At the May meeting, council members clearly languished over the most appropriate manner in which to address the Palatine Resolution,&quot; said Archbishop Job. &quot;Many genuine, heartfelt questions and concerns were raised by council members and the diocesan deans. Ultimately -- and frankly -- we literally ran out of time, and rather than make hasty decisions, it was the consensus that the meeting should be continued on June 26.&quot;<br /><br />Archbishop Job opened the meeting by stating that he sees merit in opinions on both sides of the escrow issue. He added that, while he was in favor of escrowing funds until clear progress is made, he fully understood the valid concerns -- and potential problems -- expressed by many council members and<br />deans. He assured the council members and deans that he would abide by whatever decision they arrived at.<br /><br />During the meeting, Archbishop Job asked the deans to report on a poll of their respective deanery clergy with regard to the &quot;Palatine Resolution.&quot; [Prior to the meeting, each dean was asked to contact his clergy.] Based on<br />the deans' reports, it was clear that the deanery clergy, while unanimous in<br />feeling that &quot;something must be done,&quot; were almost evenly divided on the matter of withholding assessments to the Central Church administration.<br /><br />The deans reported widely diverse concerns and questions, all of which Archbishop Job agreed were valid. Among them:<br /><br />1. If assessments are withheld, would parishes be refused seating at the 2008 All-American Council, thereby precluding their participation in the very gathering that is destined to chart the future course of the Church?<br /><br />2. Since &quot;some progress&quot; has been made, is it not the case that the situation since October 2006 has changed somewhat?<br /><br />3. What would be the impact on diocesan assessments, especially in light of the fact that some parishes have not remitted their diocesan assessments in a timely matter -- or at all?<br /><br />4. Should parishes escrow funds, or should they continue to forward them to the diocesan office, with the diocese placing them in escrow?<br /><br />5. Would the fact that some parishes had already decided to withhold assessment payments have a negative impact on those parishes that continue to remit their payments in a timely manner, and would the parishes that currently are withholding remit full &quot;back payments&quot; in the future?<br /><br />6. Might not withholding on the part of individual parishes send a signal that any parish dissatisfied with other issues in the future, especially with regard to the Midwest Diocese, feel free to withhold assessments as an expression of displeasure? Since being seated at a diocesan assembly requires that parishes are current in remitting assessment payments to the diocesan office, would withholding parishes be seated at future diocesan assemblies?<br /><br />7. Since one of the concerns expressed at the October 2006 assembly involved the desire to see the OCA faithfully follow the Statute of the Church, and since by Statute the dioceses are required to remit assessment payments in a timely manner, might not withholding in itself be a violation<br />of the very Statute to which assembly delegates demanded faithfulness?<br /><br />8. Might the withholding of assessments generate insufficient funding for the convocation of an All-American Council in 2008, thereby precluding the very gathering that virtually everyone agrees must be held?<br /><br />&quot;I agree with all of these concerns, on both ends of the spectrum,&quot; Archbishop Job stated in response. &quot;This is why today's meeting is crucial, and why we must attempt to reach a consensus in response to the Palatine Resolution.&quot;<br /><br />In addition to hearing the reports of the deans and the various concerns and problems they shared, each diocesan council member and dean was asked to state his or her personal views.<br /><br />&quot;While it was clear that there was no consensus on the Palatine Resolution,<br />it was clear that everyone agreed that a response must be made,&quot; said Archbishop Job. &quot;The sincerity of every member of the diocesan council and every dean could hardly be questioned. And it is evident to me that<br />everyone was experiencing pain with regard to a positive resolution.&quot;<br /><br />It was decided that a resolution &quot;in the spirit of the Palatine Resolution&quot; yet recognizing that the current situation is somewhat different than it was at the time of that resolution needed to be made. To accomplish this, council members and the deans were divided into two groups for the purpose of<br />drafting an appropriate resolution.<br /><br />The following resolution was passed by council members -- the deans do not vote -- by a 13-1 margin.<br /><br />&quot;In the spirit of the resolution passed at the October 2006 Diocesan Assembly in Palatine, IL, and in recognition of the fact that circumstances have changed since that time, we move that the Diocese of the Midwest will<br />place Central Church assessment payments it receives in escrow, effective 1 September 2007. All diocesan parishes are to remit their Central Church and diocesan assessments to the diocesan treasurer in the usual manner.<br />Assessment payments will be forwarded to the Central Church as noted below.<br /><br />&quot;1. The July 2007 assessment payments to the Central Church will be remitted at a special meeting of the Holy Synod of Bishops called in accordance with the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America.<br /><br />&quot;2. The August 2007 assessment payments to the Central Church will be remitted after the release to all Church members of all reports of the special investigation commission and when the commission renews its unhindered investigation, as directed by the Metropolitan Council.<br /><br />&quot;3. The October 2007 assessment payments to the Central Church will be remitted when a clear plan for convening an All-American Council in 2008 is announced.<br /><br />&quot;If one or any of the aforementioned points are not fulfilled the diocese will place all assessment payments to the Central Church is escrow until the requested actions are fulfilled.&quot;<br /><br />Addressing the many concerns with regard to parishes that are already withholding assessments, Archbishop Job stated that he would contact these parishes and inform them that funds placed in escrow must be sent to the diocesan treasurer, who will escrow them. Archbishop Job also stated that parishes that fail to remit assessment payments will not be seated at the October 2007 diocesan assembly.<br /><br />&quot;The final resolution, I am convinced, addresses the issues at hand in a firm, yet practical, manner,&quot; Archbishop Job said. &quot;And while 'extreme times require extreme measures,' this resolution -- and the 'benchmarks' for progress it includes -- is fair, balanced, and clearly in the spirit of the<br />Palatine Resolution.&quot;<br /><br />A number of other matters, including a one-time $10.00 increase in diocesan<br />assessments for 2008 to ensure sufficient funding for the ongoing work of the parish health ministry program conducted by Mr. Joseph Kormos, were discussed and acted on before the meeting closed at precisely 4:00 p.m.<br /><br />&quot;I think that the resolution passed today will have a major, positive impact,&quot; said Archbishop Job. &quot;I am confident that the concerns of the Midwest faithful will be heard and acted upon, and that perhaps our decisions today will mark a 'turning point' after over a year of confusion and intense concern.&quot;<br /><br />-- END --<br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070628_1.html POSTED: Diocesan Budget as of 3/31/07 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070627_2.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 Please click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/DOCUMENTS/033107DiocesanBudget.pdf">here</a> to view the actualized budget of the Diocese of the Midwest as of 3/31/07 Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070627_2.html Diocesan Council Meets; Acts on ‘Palatine Resolution’ http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070627_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 CHICAGO, IL[MW Communications] - Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, June 26th 2007, The Diocesan Council of the Diocese of the Midwest acted on the ‘Palatine Resolution’ which was put forth by the 45th Diocesan Assembly in October 2006. <br /><br />The resolution that passed follows below. The full minutes from the meeting are available <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/DOCUMENTS/2007minutes.pdf">here</a>. A full article on the meeting will be forthcoming tomorrow. <br /><br />Also, His Eminence has approved release of his June 8, 2007 letter to His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, requesting a special meeting of the Holy Synod. Please find that letter <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/NO124.pdf">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">RESOLUTION<br /><br style="font-style: italic;" /></span><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;In the spirit of the resolution passed at the October 2006 Diocesan Assembly in Palatine, IL, and in recognition of the fact that circumstances have changed since that time, we move that the Diocese of the Midwest will</span><span style="font-style: italic;"> place Central Church assessment payments it receives in escrow. All diocesan parishes are to remit their Central Church and diocesan assessments to the diocesan treasurer in the usual manner.</span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;"><br />Assessment payments will be forwarded to the Central Church as noted below.</span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;1. The July 2007 assessment payments to the Central Church will be remitted at a special meeting of the Holy Synod of Bishops called in</span><span style="font-style: italic;"> accordance with the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America.</span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;2. The August 2007 assessment payments to the Central Church will be remitted after the release to all Church members of all reports of the special investigation commission and when the commission renews its unhindered investigation, as directed by the Metropolitan Council.</span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;3. The October 2007 assessment payments to the Central Church will be remitted when a clear plan for convening an All-American Council in 2008 is announced.&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;"></span>&quot;If one or any of the aforementioned points are not fulfilled the diocese will place all assessment payments to the Central Church is escrow until the requested actions are fulfilled.&quot;</span><br style="font-style: italic;" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070627_1.html POSTED: Diocesan Metropolitan Council Members' Report http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070625_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 The report of Archpriest Vladimir Berzonsky on the Metropolitan Council Meeting, June 12-13, 2007 is now posted in the <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/documents.html">Documents</a> sections. <br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070625_1.html POSTED: Molieben for the Salvation of Our Church - For Individual Use http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070623_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 Please find <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/SERVICES/Individual.pdf">here</a> the text of the Molieben service edited for personal use in the home. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070623_1.html POSTED: Molieben for the Salvation of Our Church http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070619_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 His Eminence JOB, Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest has asked all parishes in the Diocese to observe a day of prayer and fasting on June 25.<br /> Please click <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/SERVICES/MOLIEBEN.pdf">here</a> to download the text of the Molieben to be offered on June 25. <br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070619_1.html POSTED: Archpastoral Letter Calling for Special Day of Prayer http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070608_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: center;">O F F I C I A L<br /><br />June 8, 2007<br />Martyr Kalliope<br />No. 126<br /></div><br /><br />TO: The Faithful Clergy and People of the Diocese of the Midwest<br /><br /><br />My Beloved in the Lord, <br /><br />Glory to Jesus Christ!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">I have determined that Monday, June 25, 2007, will be a Special Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Diocese of the Midwest. I realize that our faithful respond to the Apostles’ Fast in various ways, but I urge everyone to set apart this day in a spirit of seriousness and strictness, to beg God’s mercy on the Orthodox Church in America in this time of crisis. This Special Day of Prayer and Fasting is to be announced in all the churches. A Service of Prayer is being prepared and will be available next week for use in the churches and for personal devotion. <br /><br />Also, I have petitioned His Beatitude to convene an extraordinary session of the Holy Synod in July and have enlisted the support of the other hierarchs in this crucial matter. <br /><br />Asking your prayers for my unworthiness and with much love in Christ Jesus, I remain<br /><br />Faithfully yours in Christ,<br /></div><br /><br /><br /><br />+JOB<br />Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest<br /><br /> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070608_1.html POSTED: Archpastoral Letter to Diocesan Clergy http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070604_1.html Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:47 -0400 <div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><br /><br />May 31, 2007<br />Afterfeast of Pentecost Apostle Hermias of the Seventy<br />No. 113<br /><br />Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord;<br />Lord, hear my voice. (Psalm 129:1)<br /></div><br />To the Reverend and Esteemed Clergy of the Diocese of the Midwest<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">A SORROWFUL EPISTLE<br /></div><br />My Beloved in the Lord, <br /><br />Glory to Jesus Christ!<br /><br />I address this letter to you my co-workers in the Vineyard of the lord – The Diocese of the Midwest – and my friends and brothers in Christ, during this Feast of Pentecost, when we most especially and fervently pray that the Holy Spirit will “come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity…”<br /><br />Using the words of the holy Apostle Paul, <br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your communion in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very good thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”</span>(Philippians 1:2-6)<br /><br />I make these words my own, and I offer them in utmost sincerity.<br /><br />In my letter of 28 November 2005, to His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, I stated, “ I do not claim to be a good man, but I like to think that I am an honest man.” This crisis in our Orthodox Church in America has made me painfully aware of the fact that I cannot claim to be a good man. Yet, from the beginning of this struggle, which for us in the Midwest began nearly two years ago when our Diocesan Council dared to request transparency and fiscal accountability from the Central Church Administration prior to the Toronto All American Council, I have prayed, again and again, that my motives remain pure and objective. That remains my prayer to this day.<br /><br />Permit me to share with you a sad but sobering story. On Holy Saturday evening, as I was preparing to leave my apartment for Holy Trinity Cathedral to help celebrate the Feast of Feasts, I put on a beautiful ivory Panagia which I had worn on every Pascha night since it was given to me many years ago by an old friend. I looked in the mirror and then, with great sadness, I took it off, placed it in its box, and chose another. I could not wear it, not out of any spirit of self-righteousness, but because I question whether or not it was a genuine gift or something other than that. Fifty-some days later I still don’t know if I am simply playing the fool. But the beautiful panagia remains in its box. I cannot wear it again until I make restitution to the Church for its approximate worth as well as for other “gifts” that I have received. You see my friends, that I am baring my soul to you. Forgive me. I realize that critics will label this letter as “melodramatic” or “obsequious.” When I wrote a very personal letter to each of you a few years ago, it was labeled, I am told, “Sappy” by the former chancellor. It wasn’t. It was genuine, heartfelt and sincere. But we know that these qualities have not been held in high esteem for many years in “Syosset.”<br /><br />God knows, and all of you know, that this crisis has taken its toll on all of us, affecting some more than others. There have been ups and downs, glimmers of hope followed by utter devastation. To read the chronology of the crisis is, in the words of one commentator, like reading “ a bad novel.” We have witnessed transfers, rescissions of transfers, rescissions of rescissions, suspensions, reversal of suspensions, disregard for decisions of the Synod and Metropolitan Council, and now Byzantine intrigue and controversy concerning due process in an ecclesiastical Court (as though this were the first Church court convened in the 37 – year history of the Orthodox Church in America!)<br /><br />On May 4, 2007, I placed a call to Metropolitan HERMAN, seeking direction for the Special Commission, since I had arranged for a conference call with the Commission members for later that evening. I also informed His Beatitude of our approaching Diocesan Council meeting which would render a decision on the “Palatine Resolution.” I told him of our parishes that are already withholding assessments. He inquired as to their reasons for doing this and I told him that it appears that nothing is being done by the Central Church Administration because there is no communication. I then asked for his help and his guidance. I received nothing except that one of our attorneys would contact me. A few hours later I receive the devastating letter about the suspension of the the Special Commission (which has since been made public.) I had shared it only with the Commission members, our Deans and the Diocesan Council members. <br /><br />For the record, in spite of the impression that the Commission is “dead” I assure you that it is not! Its members remain frustrated, defeated and demoralized, for much time is being wasted. But we are determined to continue our work as endorsed and directed by both the Metropolitan Council and Holy Synod. And our work must include genuine investigation followed by thorough reporting. I ask your prayers that our work be permitted to go unhindered. <br /><br />I reported all of this to the Diocesan Council at its meeting on May 9, which was for me an inspiration. The various opinions about the Palatine Resolution were exchanged in an open, honest and respectful way. In a nutshell, as they say, some spoke in favor of withholding as a Diocese the assessments to the Central Church Administration. I found myself agreeing with them. Others spoke against withholding. I found myself agreeing with them, too. A vote was taken. The resolution was defeated. More discussion followed. The arguments were convincing, but because of the “gray area” in question, no one, I believe, was entirely convinced. The vote was rescinded and “part two” of the meeting was scheduled for June 26. I regard this as the more responsible approach to a difficult situation. I left the meeting energized and encouraged, but unfortunately this was short lived. <br /><br />In the short time since Pascha, serious and tragic mistakes have been made, the suspension of the Special Commission being, in my judgment, one of the worst. My friends, we have a crisis of leadership. I had stated that I stood in support of the Metropolitan in this crisis. I should have clarified this and should have stated that I support the positive decisions that he has made – and there certainly have been some. But there have been far more poor decisions, made unilaterally, without consultation and communication, which, as we see have had devastating results. At the Diocesan Council meeting I described myself as being “ at the end of my rope.” Now I find myself in a worse state of mind. I ponder on such things as “Desperate situations require desperate measures.” I am persuaded that I am not alone, because I have heard that there are those who were against the Palatine Resolution who have now changed their positions. Fathers and Brothers, souls are at stake! We cannot forget that. <br /><br />A few days ago, I read a comment by someone on the ocanews.org website. It concluded with, “God, save us from our bishops!” and I confess that I cried. Never would I have imagined that such a statement could be made. Now it appears that it is held by many. God help us!<br /><br />By next week, I will announce a special day of prayer and fasting for our Church. A service of prayer will be made available to be celebrated in all our churches. Meanwhile, let us continue to strive for truth and righteousness. Let us continue to work together to make our Diocese of the Midwest the best that it can be. Let us remember the good things and rejoice in them. <br /><br />Once again I state, “ I thank my God for every remembrance of you…”<br /><br />Always relying on your support, and asking your prayers for my unworthiness, I remain<br /><br />Faithfully yours in Christ,<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />+JOB<br />Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest<br /><br /><br />cc. Diocesan Council Members<br /><br /><br />PLEASE CLICK <a href="http://midwestdiocese.org/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/No113.PDF">HERE</a> FOR A PDF OF THE LETTER<br /></div> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_070604_1.html 2012 http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121022_2.html Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:46:22 -0500 <p><a href="/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/101-PASCHA-MSG.pdf">Archpastoral Letter #101 - Pascha</a><br /><a href="/news_120601_1.html">Archpastoral letter - Pentecost</a><br /><a href="/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/147-ARCHPASTORAL-LETTER.pdf">Archpastoral Letter #147</a><br /><a href="/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/149-ARCHPASTORAL-LETTER.pdf">Archpastoral Letter #149</a></p> Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_121022_2.html February 3, 2012 - Pastoral Changes http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120213_1.html Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:53:11 -0400 The Very Reverend Archpriest Vladimir Berzonsky is released from his duties at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH and granted Retirement, effective February 29, 2012. He is attached to Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH.&nbsp; <br /><br />The Very Reverend Archpriest Alexander Garkalvs is transferred from the omophorion of Metropolitan Jonah to the omophorion of Bishop Matthias of Chicago and attached to the Diocese of the Midwest. He is appointed Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH, effective March 1, 2012. Diocese of the Midwest http://midwestdiocese.org/news_120213_1.html