Monday, December 17, 2018

Pastoral School Graduate Published in Public Discourse

Dr. Kentigern Siewers, recent graduate of the Pastoral School, had an article published in Public Discourse recently. See his article on the 40th anniversary of the Jamestown Massacre below.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pastoral School Graduate on

An outstanding article, recently published on by our recent graduate, Anna Stickles, regarding the heresy of Ethno-Phyletism and the Ukraine crisis. Well worth the read!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pastoral School Graduate Published in The Federalist

Dr. Kentigern Siewers, recent graduate of the Pastoral School, had an article published in The Federalist recently. See his article on the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Royal Family below.


Friday, November 9, 2018

January 2019 Graduation

I need to receive an affirmation from those who intend to graduate on January 2, 2019 not later than November 25, 2018. Please email me directly for details or with questions. Thank you.

Fr. Gregory Joyce

Monday, November 5, 2018

Pastoral School Graduate On

Anna Stickles, recent graduate of the Pastoral School, was recently published on, the English site of Sretensky Monastery in Moscow.

See her excellent article at the link below.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Rector Opening in Metro Detroit

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 (

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2018-19 Academic Calendar

The 2018-19 academic calendar is available at the following link:


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.

Fr. Gregory, Dean

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Approaching Deadlines

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:


More information on scholarships 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:


The Pastoral School home page is:


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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 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):

Church Slavonic
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.

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pastoral School Summer Residency Program 2018

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.

Fr. Gregory Joyce

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Graduation Symposium 2018 - Call for Proposals

The Pastoral School hereby makes an official call for proposals for this year's Graduation Symposium set for June 10, 2018 from:

  • Graduating Seniors
  • Pastoral School Instructors

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018 to

  • Papers should be approximately 15 pages in length using Turabian style
  • Oral presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions
  • A round table will be held following the presentations to allow for further discussion

If you would like to help with the symposium please contact me.

Graduating seniors will be expected to attend the symposium. The pubic will be welcome. Presentations will be available after the symposium as audio and video files.

Very Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Spring Graduation 2018

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.

Very Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pastoral School Alumnus Visiting Ukraine

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).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Spring Application Deadline is February 1, 2018

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:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Winter Graduation & Feast Day

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.