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Archpriest Paul Gassios appointed Diocesan Administrator

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — 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.

Archpriest Paul Gassios appointed Diocesan Administrator“I pray that you will work closely and diligently with His Grace, Bishop Alexander, Locum Tenens of the Diocese, for the building up of Christ’s Holy Church in the Midwest,” wrote His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops, in a letter addressed to Father Paul.  “Be assured of the Holy Synod’s prayers for God’s choicest blessings upon you in this new ministry of service to Christ, the High Priest.”

It was reported by Archpriest John Zdinak, Diocesan Chancellor, that Father Paul will assume duties on August 1, 2014, in conjunction with his relocation to Chicago.

Raised in a Greek Orthodox family, Father Paul became a member of the Orthodox Churh in America in the mid-1980s.  He holds a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and was awaded the Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vladimir’s Seminary in 1994.  After his ordination, he served in the Diocese of the Midwest as rector of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Kokomo, IN for 11 years and as rector of Archangel Michael Church, St. Louis, MO, for an additional seven months.  In 2007, he was transferred to the OCA’s Bulgarian Diocese and assigned Dean of Saint George Cathedral, Rossford [Toledo], OH.

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