Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Pastoral School Student Ordained to the Deaconate

We congratulate our Pastoral School student, Theodotus Conrad, with his ordination to the deaconate on October 9/22, 2022 by Metropolitan Nicholas! A full account of the day, with photographs, can be found at the the link below from the Eastern American Diocese web site.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

+Archpriest Martin Swanson

We regret to inform our Pastoral School family that the founder of our school, Archpriest Martin Swanson, reposed in teh Lord early in the morning of September 7/20, 2022. We ask your prayers for the newly reposed and  his family, especially during these 40 days. His 40th day will be October 16/29. May his memory be eternal!

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Students Beginning this Semester

The Pastoral School Spring semester began on September 5, 2022. We are pleased to announce that the following students have been accepted for this semester:

Andrews, Reader Timothy
Haggard, Demetrius
Karabinas, Nikolaos
Miskovic, Serge
O’Brien, John
Ponomarenko, Reader Jacob
Sharrett, Micah
Tobal, Reader Gabriel

We congratulate these students on their acceptance to the Pastoral School! Most will be studying in the Pastoral Theology Program, others in our other programs. 

The next application deadline for the Pastoral School is February 1, 2023. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so those who would like to apply are welcome to do so at any time for the next semester. The application form can be found here:


We welcome your application! If you have questions, please contact me.

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean
Cell/SMS/What's App/Viber/Telegram/etc.: +1-734-649-5746

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Pastoral School Student Ordained Deacon

On Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, His Eminence Archbishop Peter, President of the Pastoral School, visited the St. Vladimir parish in Ann Arbor. During his visit His Eminence ordained Subdeacon Dmitri Mihaliov, a student of the Pastoral School, a Deacon for service to the Ann Arbor community. Also, His Eminence revealed a new icon of St. Mardarije, commissioned by the parish’s Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy. The icon depicts the saint, who went to his eternal reward while a patient at the University of Michigan Hospital, studying in his library. This is a unique, but not completely unknown, iconographic depiction, and the first of its kind of St. Mardarije, the patron saint of the academy.

The sermon during the communion of the clergy was given by Priest Micah Chisholm, graduate of the Pastoral School.

At the Divine Liturgy on this day Priest Joseph Towne, cleric of the Sts. Sergius & Herman of Valaam Monastery in Houghton was awarded the right to wear the Nabedrinik and Skufia. Pictures of the visit can be found at the link below:

Monday, September 5, 2022

Welcome to the New School Year + Academic Calendar


Dear Pastoral School Faculty and Students,

I would like to welcome everyone to our Pastoral School for this academic year! If you have not yet registered please do so as soon as reasonably possible – you'll want to get involved in the discussions in your classes right away!

If you have technical questions please reach out to our IT Lead, Deacon Joseph Appling:

We are very grateful for Fr. Joseph for his diligent work for our school – please remember him and his family in your prayers!

If you have any other questions please reach out to me – my contact information is below. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions whatsoever, or if I can be of any help to you whatsoever! Your feedback is always welcome.

Please find the Academic Calendar for 2022-23 at this link:


Faculty and students are asked to review the calendar and put the information from this calendar onto their own calendars so that important deadlines are not missed.

With Love in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean
Cell/SMS/Viber/What’s App: +1-734-649-5746

P.S. Please connect with us via Facebook (@orthodoxtheologicalschool), Instagram (@orthodox_theological_school), or the Dean’s List blog ( And please share the word about the Pastoral School – you are our best way to inform others about our programs!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Fall Semester Application Deadline


The Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America is committed to making high quality Orthodox theological education as accessible to all interested students as possible.

Applications for admission for the spring semester are due September 1, 2022. Classes begin September 5, 2022. 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:

Monday, July 25, 2022

Pastoral School Student Ordained Deacon


Subdeacon Michael Fiocca, student of the Pastoral School, was ordained by Bishop Nicholas to the deaconate at St. Elizabeth the New Martyr parish in Rocky Hill, NJ. A full article with many pictures can be found on the web site of the Eastern American Diocese. Congratulations to Deacon Michael and his family!