Thursday, November 28, 2019

Archpriest John Whiteford Appointed Assistant Dean for Operations

At the October 15, 2019 meeting of the Board of the Pastoral School Archpriest John Whiteford was named Assistant Dean for Operations of the Pastoral School. We congratulate Fr. John on his appointment and ask the faculty, students, staff, and alumni of the school to remember Fr. John in their prayers. May God grant him many years of service in preparing future generations of clergymen and laymen for service to His Holy Church.

Archpriest Gregory Joyce, D.Min.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Ordinations of Pastoral School Students

We are pleased to announce the ordination of our first year students Timothy Zieminski and Matthew Sundahl to the deaconate. Both were ordained by Metropolitan Joseph of the Bulgarian Patriarchate on November 9 and 10. May the Lord grants many years of fruitful service to Deacons Matthew and Timothy in His Holy Church!

Archpriest Gregory Joyce, D.Min.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Emeritus & Present Dean Serve at St. Petersburg Theological Academy

Left to Right: Fr. Gregory Joyce, Bishop Longin, Bishop
Silouan, Fr. Martin Swanson, Fr. Victor Trotskyy
On the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, October 21/November 3, 2019 our Emeritus Dean, Archpriest Martin Swanson, and our present Dean, Archpriest Gregory Joyce, served the Divine Liturgy at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, with which our Pastoral School has an ongoing cooperative agreement. The Liturgy was led by His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, and His Grace Bishop Silouan or Peterhoff, Rector of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. Also participating in the Divine Liturgy this day was Archpriest Victor Trotskyy, Rector of the Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale, MI, who is a student in the Academy Master’s program. Following the Divine Liturgy Bishop Silouan invited the clerics of our Pastoral School and our Diocese to the traditional meal with the students of the Academy and Seminary. His Grace then arranged a tour of the Seminary, Academy, and the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra (which is adjacent to the Academy) for our clergymen led by a graduate of our Pastoral School, who has gone on to complete his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from St. Petersburg Academy, Aleksandr Andreev.

On the day previous to the Divine Liturgy Bishop Silouan hosted our clerics and Bishop Longin for a working lunch at which the cooperative agreement between our two institutions was discussed: both the past work and the future prospects. The meeting was very fruitful and provided a working outline for the future of the agreement.

Following the Divine Liturgy and the tour of the facilities the delegation from our Pastoral School and Bishop Longin departed for Moscow, where they will meet our President, Archbishop Peter, and continue their work for the good of our school.

Fr. Martin, Aleksandr Andreev, Fr. Gregory

Exhibit of New Martyrs of St. Petersburg Academy & Seminary

Exhibit of New Martyrs of St. Petersburg Academy & Seminary
Exhibit of New Martyrs of St. Petersburg Academy & Seminary

Temporary Church in the Academy Building

St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Icon in the temporary Church in the Academy Building - she was a Trustee of the Academy before the Bolshevik Revolution

Monday, September 9, 2019

Welcome to the New Academic Year!

Dear Pastoral School Faculty and Students,

I would like to welcome everyone to the first day our courses for this academic year! If you have not yet registered please do so as soon as reasonably possible – you'll want to get involved in the discussions in your classes right away!

If you have technical questions please reach out to our IT Lead, Deacon Joseph Appling:

We are very grateful for Fr. Joseph for his diligent work for our school – please remember him in your prayers!

If you have any other questions please reach out to me – my contact information is below. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions whatsoever or if I can be of any help to you whatsoever! Your feedback is always welcome.

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT I will serve a moleben for the Beginning of Every Good Work at our parish in Ann Arbor. With the Lord's blessing I have great hope for a wonderful year together as an academic family - may the Merciful Lord grant us a spiritually profitable academic year!

With Love in our Lord Jesus Christ,

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

P.S. Please connect with us via Facebook (@orthodoxtheologicalschool), Instagram (@orthodox_theological_school), or the Dean’s List blog ( And please share the word about the Pastoral School – you are our best way to inform others about our programs!

Friday, September 6, 2019

New Students Accepted

The Pastoral School Fall semester begins on September 9, 2019. We are pleased to announce that the following students have been accepted for the coming semester:

Baksheev, Subdeacon Gennady
Brkovic, Marko
Chaika, Vadim
Erfe, Luke
Fimmel, Seraphim
Grigaitis, Deacon John
Justiniano, Deacon Seraphim
Levitskiy, Vladislav
Orloff, Subdeacon Sergei
Peterson, Subdeacon Michael
Regado, Roman
Sheck, Joseph
Solis, Gregory
Stefan, Laurence

We congratulate these students on their acceptance to the Pastoral School! Most will be studying in the Pastoral Theology Program, others in the Catechist Program.

The next application deadline for the Pastoral School is February 1, 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so those who would like to apply are welcome to do so at any time for the next semester. The application form can be found here:

We welcome your application! If you have questions, please contact me.

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

Monday, September 2, 2019

TIME SENSITIVE: Dogmatic Theology Text Book

Those who will be taking Dogmatic Theology, which I will be teaching this semester, would be well served to purchase the main textbook, “Orthodox Dogmatic Theology”, by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky. Here is the link to Archangels Books in St. Louis, with whom the Pastoral School has a cooperative relationship:


The book is also available on line, but if possible, it would be ideal for the students to have this very important book in their personal library. On line versions can be found with a simple search. The other book that will need to be purchased is The Truth of our Faith Volume II – On the Christian Mysteries by Elder Clopa. That one comes later in the semester, but it is not a bad idea to pick it up now, when you are purchasing the Pomazansky book. Here is the link at Archang
els Books:


Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

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

Academic Calendar 2019-20

Please find the 2019-20 Academic Calendar at this link:


There are two important messages here:

1. Classes begin in one week! Those who have applied for admissions will hear from the school in the next 24-48 hours. Returning students should register for classes now.

2. Faculty and students are asked to review the calendar and put the information from this calendar onto their own calendars so that 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