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 (email@example.com).
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.
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:
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:
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):
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.
The Pastoral School Summer Residency Program will take place from July 15-28, 2018 at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Interested students should visit the Summer School of Liturgical Music web site and register there. Please direct questions to me. For those who are not able to attend the Summer Residency Program the Pastoral School will offer Liturgics and Church Slavonic via the same Populi platform that our other courses utilize throughout the academic year.
With the blessing of the President of the Pastoral School, Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-American, the Spring Graduation weekend for 2018 has been set for June 9-10. On June 9 comprehensive examinations and thesis defence will take place at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Des Plaines, IL. On June 10, following the Divine Liturgy, diplomas will be awarded to the graduates. Following the Divine Liturgy on June 10 the graduation symposium will be held. Graduating seniors are expected to be present at the activities on June 9 and 10. Flights out of O'Hare should not be scheduled before 6:00 p.m. on June 10. Please contact me with questions or concerns.Further communication will be forthcoming to graduating seniors.
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).
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:
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.