Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2018-19 Academic Calendar

The 2018-19 academic calendar is available at the following link:


We are presenting this here to seek feedback re: errors. It is understood, for instance, that the March 2019 exam week corresponds with the first week of Great Lent. I am urging the instructors that lead courses in that semester to provide flexibility or to reschedule those exams. But it will be up to the instructor. So please don't ask me to change that. :) Most instructors are very flexible when it comes to these sorts of things.

Please provide feedback in the comments section below. Thank you for your help. We will republish a final version in the next week or two.

Fr. Gregory, Dean

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Approaching Deadlines

The application period for the Pastoral School fall semester is now open! Students must apply not later than September 1 to be considered for admission. Please note that Pastoral Theology majors’ wives may register at a discounted rate for the Orthodox Studies major. Students may wish to apply before the September 1 deadline so that they can take advantage of the need-based scholarships available to incoming students (applications for scholarship are due August 15).  More information on admissions may be found at this link:


More information on scholarships may be found at this link:


Please note the Catechist Certificate program which is also accepting applications. The Catechist Program is modeled on the program outlined by the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church held in 2013.

The application for all Pastoral School programs can be found here:


The Pastoral School home page is:


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America to Offer Summer Courses

With Archbishop Peter's blessing, this year summer courses will again be offered in the Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America.  Applications for admission for the summer semester are due June 1, 2018. The following courses will be offered this year – dates for the courses are June 18 – August 4, 2018 (Liturgics and Advanced Byzantine Canon Law are slightly longer in duration):

Church Slavonic
Thesis Writing Workshop
New Testament Greek
New Testament Latin
Advanced Byzantine Canon Law

NOTE: Parish Management and operations will be offered in the Fall 2018 Semester

All Pastoral School summer courses are available to the general public without the need for a formal application to our complete Diploma program.  To register pleaseHERE.

To learn more about the summer courses and all the offerings of the Pastoral School please click HERE.

For more information or with questions please contact the Dean of the Pastoral School, Archpriest Gregory Joyce (

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pastoral School Summer Residency Program 2018

The Pastoral School Summer Residency Program will take place from July 15-28, 2018 at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Interested students should visit the Summer School of Liturgical Music web site and register there. Please direct questions to me. For those who are not able to attend the Summer Residency Program the Pastoral School will offer Liturgics and Church Slavonic via the same Populi platform that our other courses utilize throughout the academic year.

Fr. Gregory Joyce

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Graduation Symposium 2018 - Call for Proposals

The Pastoral School hereby makes an official call for proposals for this year's Graduation Symposium set for June 10, 2018 from:

  • Graduating Seniors
  • Pastoral School Instructors

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018 to

  • Papers should be approximately 15 pages in length using Turabian style
  • Oral presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions
  • A round table will be held following the presentations to allow for further discussion

If you would like to help with the symposium please contact me.

Graduating seniors will be expected to attend the symposium. The pubic will be welcome. Presentations will be available after the symposium as audio and video files.

Very Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Spring Graduation 2018

With the blessing of the President of the Pastoral School, Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-American, the Spring Graduation weekend for 2018 has been set for June 9-10. On June 9 comprehensive examinations and thesis defence will take place at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Des Plaines, IL. On June 10, following the Divine Liturgy, diplomas will be awarded to the graduates. Following the Divine Liturgy on June 10 the graduation symposium will be held. Graduating seniors are expected to be present at the activities on June 9 and 10. Flights out of O'Hare should not be scheduled before 6:00 p.m. on June 10. Please contact me with questions or concerns.Further communication will be forthcoming to graduating seniors.

Very Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean