Saturday, May 25, 2019

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 15, 2019. The following courses will be offered this year – dates for the courses are June 17 – August 3, 2018 (Liturgics is slightly longer in duration):

Church Slavonic
Parish Management and Operations
Thesis Writing Workshop
New Testament Greek
New Testament Latin

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:


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For more information or with questions please contact the Dean of the Pastoral School, Archpriest Gregory Joyce (

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Partnership Agreement with the Russian Orthodox University of St. John the Theologian

The Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America feels strongly that active partnership with higher education theological institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church/Moscow Patriarchate is an important aspect of making the continuing reconciliation of the Russian Church a real, living effort that will bear spiritual fruit, and that this is fully within the spirit of the Act of Canonical Communion signed by the ever memorable Patriarch Aleksey II and Metropolitan Laurus on the day of the Ascension 2007.

In furtherance of this goal, The Pastoral School is happy to announce the signing of a Partnership Agreement with the Russian Orthodox University of St. John the Theologian in Moscow on January 22/February 4, 2019. Signing on behalf of the Pastoral School was the Rector, Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America. Signing on behalf of the Russian Orthodox University of St. John the Theologian was the Dean, Bishop Anthony of Morovich.

Read the rest of the article and see pictures of the signing at the link below. Information on opportunities for colaboration with St. John's University will be forthcoming.

Fr. Gregory


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Summer Residence Program Announced

The Synodal School of Liturgical Music announces its 2019 Summer Session, July 14-27

The Synodal School of Liturgical Music is pleased to announce that registration for the 2019 Summer Session is now open for new students. For 27 years, the School has been raising the quality of church singing within ROCOR parishes across the Russian Diaspora. The session will run from July 14-27, 2019, offering programs in both conducting and singing. Please visit for registration and further information. Any questions regarding the program can be directed to program officer Valentina Shatalova at


More information for Pastoral School students can be found at this link:


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Spring Semester Application Deadline Approaching!

The deadline for application for the Spring Semester is Friday, February 1, 2019. Take the time now - right now - to fill out the application. Or send the application to those who you know what to apply. Or who you think should apply! Priests are especially encouraged to send the application and recommendation to apply to their parishioners. Your influence here is great! And who doesn't need a more educated flock? Apply today!


Pastoral School Graduate Published in The Federalist

Recent graduate of the Pastoral School, Dr. Alfred Siewers, has been published in The Federalist. The title of his piece is "Why Does The Left Suspend Their Principles For Christian Minorities?" Congratulations to Dr. Siewers on his publication!

Why Does The Left Suspend Theire Principles For Christian Minorities?