Saturday, August 1, 2020

Academic Calendar 2020-21

Please find the Academic Calendar for 2020-21 at this link:


Faculty and students are asked to review the calendar and put the information from this calendar onto their own calendars so that important deadlines are not missed.

As always, please contact me with questions.

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean
Cell/SMS/What's App/Viber: +1-734-649-5746

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Pastoral School Graduation & Ordination 2020

On June 27, 2020 thesis review and defense, and comprehensive final examinations were held for graduating students of the Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America. This year, for the first time, due to the pandemic, a portion of the examination committee joined the activity remotely. All students were physically present, and all were from the Michigan Deanery. At this session three students defended their theses and passed their final examinations: Hierodeacon Alexei (Dixon), Subdeacon Colin Bower, and Subdeacon Micah Chisholm.

Fr. Alexei’s thesis was entitled: “A Proposal for Glorification: First First Hierarch of ROCOR Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky)”. Subdeacon Colin’s thesis was entitled: “Liturgical Language and Orthodox Evangelism”. And Subdeacon Micah’s thesis was entitled: “Forming Hearts for Mission: Cultivating Evangelical Zeal in 21st Century North America”.

All theses were accepted by the examination committee (made up of His Eminence Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America, President of the Pastoral School; Archpriest Andre Papkov, Vice President of the School; Archpriest Martin Swanson, Dean Emeritus of the School; Archpriest Gregory Joyce, Dean of the School; and Archpriest John Whiteford, Assistant Dean for Operations of the School), and all students passed their oral final examinations.

Later that day the Resurrectional Vigil was held in the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, IL. All graduates participated in the Divine Service. The next day (June 28, 2020) Divine Liturgy was held in the cathedral, at which Subdeacon Colin Bower was ordained a Deacon for service at St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor, MI. Following the Divine Liturgy His Eminence Archbishop Peter awarded the graduates their diplomas. We congratulate the new graduates and their families on their significant accomplishment. God willing the theses of the new graduates will soon be published for the edification of all.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

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 12, 2020. The following courses will be offered this year – dates for the courses are June 15 – August 1, 2020 (Liturgics is slightly longer in duration):

Church Slavonic
Intermediate/Advanced Church Slavonic
Parish Management and Operations
Thesis Writing Workshop
New Testament Greek
New Testament Latin

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 please visit the following link:


To learn more about the summer courses and all the offerings of the Pastoral School please visit this link:


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

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Synodal School of Liturgical Music Pastoral School Bridge Program 2020

Most years, non-pandemic years that is, our cooperative program with the Synodal School of Liturgical Music, the Pastoral School Bridge program, takes place at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. But this year, as with most aspects in our lives, everything is different. Please visit the web site below to learn more.


The same courses offered by SSLM are also offered by the Pastoral School with some of the instructors, but the dates of instruction will be different. So that is really probably the biggest difference this year. Usually we can say that the biggest difference is the opportunity to live and study in Jordanville for several weeks - and that is a very valuable opportunity. We are sorry that this cannot happen this year. God willing perhaps next year.

Fr. Gregory Joyce

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Pastoral School Student Ordained to the Priesthood

Congratulations to our first year student and student of Kiev Theological Academy, Hierodeacon Nestor, who was ordained a Hieromonk on April 12 (Palm Sunday) by the Rector of the Kiev Theological Academy, Bishop Sylvester. May the Lord grant him many years of service in His Holy Church!

Potential Pandemic-Related Theses

Met. Antony of Borisopil & Ukrainian Officials 4-13-20
This article was published yesterday in Russian, the title of which is “The Russian Church in the Period of and Epidemic: A Historical Outline”.

The machine translation will give you a good idea of the content. I assume and hope it will be professionally translated into English given its importance and the timeliness of the topic.

Given our present pandemic and quarantine, and the very great difficulty that some Orthodox people are having accepting that the churches are closed for a time now, this could be a jumping off point for an excellent thesis. There are also some interesting points about resistance to vaccines, if that is something that interests you from an academic point of view. Another topic that could come from the pandemic/quarantine is the question of Holy Communion and the necessity to frequently commune (or not) in such a situation.

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Pastoral School Graduate Ordained to the Priesthood + Incoming Student Tonsured as Reader

On December 12/25, 2019, the feast of the Venerable Herman of Alaska, Deacon Andrew Gliga, graduate of the Pastoral School, was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace Bishop James of Sonora at the St. Herman of Alaska Church in Sunnyvale, CA. Pictures of his ordination, from the web site of the Western American Diocese web site, can be found here:

On the same day at the reading of the Hours, incoming Pastoral School student Paul Kozachenko was tonsured a Reader by His Eminence, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco & Western America. Pictures of his tonsure, from the web site of the Western American Diocese web site, can be found here:

Archpriest Gregory Joyce, D.Min.