Saturday, May 14, 2022

Liturgical Practicum: Liturgical Training for Present & Future Clergymen

With the blessing of Archbishop Peter, the Pastoral School is pleased to announce a new opportunity for present and future clergymen. The Liturgical Practicum aims to teach the practical application of the liturgics that is studied in the classroom. Participants will learn how to serve according to the traditional practices of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The topics covered will range from how a clergyman interacts with the choir during the Divine Services, to how to appropriately use the censer, to how to serve the Hierarchal Divine Services, and all else that every Deacon and Priest need to know. In addition, all participants will receive voice coaching to allow for the proper use of the voice in chanting and singing. The Liturgical Practicum is designed and highly recommended for new clergymen in the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, but ALL ARE WELCOME. Limited space is available so please register as soon as possible. Registration deadline is June 26, 2022. The dates of the practicum are July 10-13, 2022. Cost for instruction, instructional materials, and meals is $500.

For more information and to register: ~ 734-649-5746


Friday, May 13, 2022

Summer Course Offerings & Registration

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 13, 2022. The following courses will be offered this year – dates for the courses are June 20 – August 6, 2021 (Liturgics is slightly longer in duration):
    • Introductory Liturgics
    • Intermediate/Advanced Church Slavonic
    • Parish Management and Operations
    • Thesis Writing Workshop
    • New Testament Greek
    • New Testament Latin
    • The Pivotal Points in the History of Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
    • Comprehensive Homiletics Seminar
    • Seminar in Byzantine Law

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 (

Saturday, May 7, 2022

School Catologue Updated

Our Pastoral School Catalog has been updated with new course offerings, the new Deaconate Preparation program, and new instructors. You can find the full catalog at the link below.


Friday, May 6, 2022

Pastoral School/Synodal School of Liturgical Music Bridge Program Dates Announced

Each summer, the Pastoral School, in cooperation with the Synodal School of Liturgical Music, provides an in-person option to fulfill the Pastoral School's Liturgics and Church Slavonic requirements for Pastoral Theology and Deaconate Program students. This Pastoral Bridge program is an opportunity for our students to live and study for several weeks at the Dormition Convent near New York City, and is the recommended option for our students. Because we understand that this is not possible for all students, especially international students, we offer these same courses on line during the summer semester for those who cannot travel to New York.

For those who are able, we encourage you to register for the Pastoral Bridge program now. The dates of the 2022 program are July 17-30, and the registration information can be found below.


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Ordination of Pastoral School Student to the Priesthood

On Palm Sunday, 2022, Deacon Boris Levashev, third year student in the Pastoral School, was ordained a priest by Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America at the New Martyrs of Russia parish in Mulino, Oregon. A more detailed article, with additional pictures, can be found at the HOME PAGE OF THE WESTERN AMERICAN DIOCESE.

Many years to Priest Boris and his family!

In the Risen Christ,

Fr. Gregory