Monday, February 13, 2017

Spring Semester 2017 Begins

Today we begin our Spring 2017 Semester. We are pleased to welcome students from St. Petersburg Theological Academy based on our newly-signed Partnership Agreement. More information about this significant achievement can be found HERE.

We are pleased to welcome Professor Nicholas Ganson of Helenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to our faculty! Professor Ganson, a graduate of the Pastoral School, will be teaching “The Orthodox Church in the 20th & 21st Century”.

This semester we also welcome our first Spanish language students. We begin with an initial cadre of 7 students, which is frankly more than we had hoped for! :) Thank you to Archpriest Peter Jackson, Associate Dean for Spanish Instruction, and the other dedicated staff and faculty that have worked so hard to get us to this day. We have compiled the first comprehensive Orthodox seminary program in Spanish in the history of the Church. Let us thank the Lord for this, and do our best to live up to the significant responsibility that such a program places on us. We ask the prayers of our Pastoral School students, faculty, staff, and friends for the success of this important program!

May the merciful Lord grant us all a spiritually and academically fruiful semester!

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

Graduation Weekend is June 24-25, 2017

Please note that graduation weekend will be June 24-25, 2017. On June 24 (and perhaps on June 23 as well, if there are enough graduating seniors) final comprehensive examinations and thesis defenses will be held at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, Illinois. On June 25 the graduation symposium will be held. Graduating seniors are expected to be present at the activities on June 24 and 25. Flights out of O'Hare should not be scheduled before 6:00 p.m. on June 25. Please contact me with questions or concerns.

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Reminder: Application Deadline for Spring Semester is February 1

Please spread the word to friends, loved ones, fellow parishioners, and everyone that you know or suspect would like to join us for the Spring Semester!

Application in English

Solicitud en espaƱol

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Prayer Request for Student Family

We are asking prayers for the wife our Pastoral School Subdeacon Adam Gedney. His young wife Julianna was very unexpectedly diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and will be undergoing major surgery on the feast of the Lord’s Theophany, January 19. Please remember Subdeacon Adam, Julianna, and their young daughter Militsa in your prayers.

In addition to being a member of the Pastoral School family Adam runs the orthodoxquoteoftheday.com email list.

We will update you here as we learn more.

Fr. Gregory



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pastoral School Holiday Cards

The Pastoral School encourages its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to use the St. John of Kronstadt Card and the Nativity Card we had designed and posted on our home page this holiday season! Greet friends and loved ones with the feast of St. John of Kronstadt (our patronal feast) and the Nativity of the Lord. Visit our home page to find the high resolution versions of those you see here. We congratulate all on our feast day and on the great feast of the Lord's Nativity!

Fr. Gregory