Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ordination of Pastoral School Student to the Deaconate

On Sunday June 19/July 2, 2017 Subdeacon David Carder was ordained to the deaconate at the Holy Virgin Protection Diocesan Cathedral in Des Plaines, IL. Deacon David is a Senior in the Pastoral School and plans to graduate in the spring of 2018. Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America, President of the Pastoral School, performed the ordination. Please join me in congratulating Deacon David, his parish (All Saints of America in DeQueen, Arkansas), and his family with his ordination! May the Lord grant him many years of fruitful service in His Vineyard!

Priest Gregory Joyce, Dean

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Church Slavonic Courses this Summer and Fall

For various reasons we were unable to start the Church Slavonic Course this summer on June 19. Thus, we are offering two options for those who need to/would like to take this course this year:

1. The full course starting July 24 and ending September 9

2. The full course starting on September 25 and ending on November 11

This is an opportunity that may not come again – two options for Church Slavonic at times that we do not usually offer the course. We hope that this works for you – and that you will register for the course, whether you are a Pastoral School student or not. This is one of those rare courses, normally only offered in the Summer Semester, that is open to non-students.

Register by August 1 for the July 24 course at the latest. Immediately would be better. You can do that here if you are not already a student in the Pastoral School:

For the September 25 course:

1. Students of the Pastoral School can register for the course as they do for their other courses

2. Non-Pastoral School Students should contact me (

Fr. Gregory

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pastoral School Student Ordained to the Priesthood

On the Sunday 12/25 June, 2017 Deacon Daniel Franzen was ordained to the priesthood at the Holy Virgin Protection Diocesan Cathedral in Des Plaines, IL. Metropolitan Phillip of Poltava & Mirgorod, who was visiting the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America at the time, performed the ordination. Please join me in congratulating Fr. Daniel with his ordination! The newly-ordained Priest will soon be commissioned an officer in the United States armed forces and will serve as a military chaplain. May the Lord grant him many years of fruitful service in His Vineyard!

Priest Gregory Joyce, Dean

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Semester Begins Today

Today marks the beginning of the Summer Semester. Late registration runs through July 2, but honestly, it is important to register early for summer classes. The courses are condensed by about ½, which means that the instructional cadence is about twice as fast as fall and spring classes. So register today if you have not already! Please contact me with questions.

Fr. Gregory

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Instructor in the Pastoral School Offers Subscription to this Lectures

Opportunity to Deepen Your Orthodox Education

Deacon Andrei Psarev offers a subscription to his lectures: History of the Russian Church Abroad, History of the Russian Church, Canon Law and History of the Byzantine Empire. Deacon Andrei has a Master in Theology degree and is a Ph. D. candidate at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the founder and the editor of Since 1995 he has been teaching at  Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, and since 2014 in the Pastoral School. You can subscribe to his courses here:

Возможность для углубления православного образования

Диакон Андрей Псарев, предлагает подписку на свои лекции по истории Русской Зарубежной Церкви, истории Русской Церкви, церковному праву и истории Византийской империи. Диакон Андрей, имеет степень магистра богословия и является докторантом королевского университета в Северной Ирландии и редактором интрент-узла С 1995 г. он преподает в Свято-Троицкой Семинарии в Джорданвилле, и с 2014 г. в нашей Пастырской Училище. Подписаться на его курсы можно здесь:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ideas for Future Theses

There are several manuscripts that have recently become available of the Liturgy of St. James, Brother of the Lord. An interesting senior thesis would be to compare and contrast these manuscripts and to then continue the work of Phillip von Gardner, who first prepared this service in Church Slavonic for use in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

The Western Rite movement within Orthodoxy Christianity has a very interesting history. It also has a complex and somewhat controversial liturgical expression. The Western Rite exists in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the Antiochian Orthodox Church, and in other canonical and non-canonical varieties. An interesting senior thesis would be to examine the history of the Western Rite, its liturgical claims, its contemporary liturgical expression, and whether it has been an efficacious vehicle in bringing those to Orthodoxy who otherwise would not have become Orthodox Christians.

If you are interested in either of these projects please contact me privately.

Priest Gregory Joyce

Friday, June 9, 2017

Graduation Symposium 2017 Speakers Announced

We are pleased to announce the speakers for our initial Pastoral School Graduation Symposium. The symposium is set for Sunday, June 25, at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God, 1800 Lee St., Des Plaines, IL 60018 during the meal following the Divine Liturgy that day. The speakers and their topics of discussion are:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Metropolitan Philip of Poltava and Mirgorod: “The Work of the Department of Religious Education, Catechism, and Missionary Endeavor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church”

FACULTY SPEAKER: Archpriest Gregory Joyce: “Russian Orthodox Clergy Attitudes towards Practitioners of other Religions: Implications for Orthodox Clerical Formation in the 21st Century”

STUDENT GRADUATE SPEAKER: Deacon Daniel Franzen: “The Maladies of Modernity and Orthodox Praxis According to the Homilies of St. Gregory Palamas”

Please plan to join us in person if you are able. We intend to broadcast the symposium on Facebook Live, as well as record the proceedings – both audio and video. These recordings will be posted after editing on our Pastoral School blog, The Dean’s List.

Priest Gregory Joyce