Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pastoral School Alumnus Visiting Ukraine

During these holidays Priest Daniel Franzen, recent graduate of the Pastoral School, is visiting the Poltava diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). You can find an article in Russian with several pictures of Fr. Daniel HERE. A machine translation into English can be found HERE. A picture of Fr. Daniel reading the Prayer behind the Ambo is below (other pictures are at the links above).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Spring Application Deadline is February 1, 2018

The Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America is committed to making high quality Orthodox theological education as accessible to as many interested students as possible. Based on this commitment we have made it possible for students to study either full time or part time in our seminary, have instituted summer courses, and accept applicants in both the fall and spring semesters.

Applications for admission for the spring semester are due February 1, 2018. Classes begin February 12, 2018. Applications and further information on the Pastoral School programs can be found at our web site:

Questions should be directed to the Dean of the Pastoral School, Priest Gregory Joyce:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Winter Graduation & Feast Day

We congratulate our students, faculty, and staff with our patronal feast day - the day of the repose of St. John of Kronstadt! Today in Chicago His Eminence, Archbishop Peter, President of the Pastoral School, let the hierarchal Divine Liturgy for the feast. Among the clergy serving at the Liturgy was Fr. Martin Swanson, Dean Emeritus, and Fr. Gregory Joyce, present Dean of the School. Following the Divine Liturgy diplomas were awarded to our first ever winter graduating class: Subdeacons Nicolai Lukianoff and Ephraim Galloway. Both had successfully defended their theses and passed the oral comprehensive examinations the day before. We congratulate our new graduates and their families! Pictures of the festivities can be found below.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday. This is a time when we consider our charitable giving and by the Lord's providence today is also the beginning of the Nativity Fast. Given the Holy Church's very strong tradition of adding almsgiving to fasting, we would ask that you remember the Pastoral School in your charitable giving donations this year. Other charities are important too, but very few of them will help in the formation of new clergy for your parish. The Pastoral School will! Thank you for your consideration. Please visit this page to learn more:


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Acquire Dogmatic Theology Textbook before Classes Begin

I will be teaching Dogmatic Theology this fall semester and I am very much looking forward to it. The class is rather fast-paced, and the students should have the main textbook, Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky, in hand before the course begins. The book is available from all major Orthodox book stores, including Archangels Books, 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 Archangels Books:


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

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Acquire Canon Law Textbook BEFORE Classes Begin

Fr. Patrick Viscuso, our new Canon Law instructor, would like to have the students who register for the canon law class purchase the textbook for the course by the first day of classes.

The textbook is Patrick Viscuso, Orthodox Canon Law: A Casebook for Study. Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2011, 2nd Edition.

It is available through the,, and other book sellers.

Classes begin September 11, 2017.

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

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