Friday, November 9, 2018

January 2019 Graduation

I need to receive an affirmation from those who intend to graduate on January 2, 2019 not later than November 25, 2018. Please email me directly for details or with questions. Thank you.

Fr. Gregory Joyce

Monday, November 5, 2018

Pastoral School Graduate On

Anna Stickles, recent graduate of the Pastoral School, was recently published on, the English site of Sretensky Monastery in Moscow.

See her excellent article at the link below.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Rector Opening in Metro Detroit

Faculty, Students, and Staff are urged to consider whether they or someone they know would be a good fit for the missionary opportunity described below. Please spread the word.

Fr. Gregory, Dean


The Christ the Savior Mission in River Rouge, Michigan is seeking a parish Rector. The English speaking mission is purposefully placed in an urban environment with all the challenges and opportunities that such a location provides. Over the ten years of the life of the mission Reader’s Services have been held on Sunday and feast days, with Divine Liturgy served by the clergy of the Michigan Deanery. Those interested in learning more about the mission and the open Rector position are asked to contact Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean of Michigan Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (

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 (