Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Archbishop Peter Meets with Students of the Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary

On 4/17 May, 2017, His Eminence Archbishop Peter, Rector of the Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, met with some of the students of the Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary following their end of year examinations. The discussion, which lasted more than one hour, touched on a wide range of subjects from parish life in America, to St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco, to other topics. Both Archbishop Peter and the students were very engaged – the discussion likely could have lasted for hours longer if Vladyka did not have to move on to other business already arranged at the Caves Monastery where the Academy and Seminary are located. Later that day Archbishop Peter met with Metropolitan Anthony, Rector of the Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary, about which more will be said here in the near future. Archbishop Peter is pictured in the photos below with the students as well as Fr. Rostislov Snigerev, a member of the faculty of the Academy and Seminary.

You can hear the students present pray at the end of the meeting with Archbishop Peter HERE.

Call for Proposals – Faculty

We are seeking a faculty member to make a presentation at the first of what we hope will be an annual Graduation Symposium for our school on June 12/25, 2017. We have a guest speaker and a student speaker (both soon to be announced), but we do not have a faculty speaker yet. Please contact me as soon as possible to reserve you spot as THE faculty speaker at this event! Go down in history as the first faculty member to present at our annual Graduation Symposium!

Fr. Gregory

Monday, May 1, 2017

Summer Course Offerings Announced

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.  The following courses will be offered this year – dates for the courses are June 19 – August 5, 2017 (Liturgics and Advanced Byzantine Canon Law are slightly longer in duration):

  • Liturgics
  • Church Slavonic
  • Parish Management and Operations
  • Thesis Writing Workshop
  • Homiletics
  • New Testament Greek
  • New Testament Latin
  • Advanced Byzantine Canon Law - NEW

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 (

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Update on Juliana Gedney

Christ is Risen!

It has been some time since we gave you an update on Juliana Gedney, wife of our Pastoral School student Subdeacon Adam Gedney.

Subdeacon Adam reports the following:

Thank God, Juliana is doing well. She's a little over half way through her chemo treatments. She is more tired these days and in general her energy doesn't last long. Of course, all her hair is gone now as well. She recovered well from the double mastectomy though. According to the doctors everything is going well and as planned. Just a couple more treatments and she'll be done with chemo then she begins radiation.

Radiation treatment is a 6 week process where she’ll go everyday to be radiated in some targeted locations on the chest and under the arms. Juliana’s spirits are good. She is seeing this all in its spiritual context and she says the akathist to St. Panteleimon daily. Please keep Juliana and our 7 month old daughter Militsa in your prayers.

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 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