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First Liturgy in Alanson 
19/1/23, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On January 1/14, in Alanson, MI the first ever Divine Liturgy was served. Priest Micah Chisholm and Deacon Michael Rosmeissl served the Liturgy in the former United Methodist Church building. Stephanie Chisholm sang the service and forty one individuals attended. Fifteen people partook of Holy Communion. At the conclusion of the service the Vasilopita (St. Basil's Bread) was blessed and cut in honor of St. Basil. whose feast day it was. Nearly half of the people present were inquirers seeking Christ and it is evident that the region is ripe for the harvest. Following the Divine Liturgy a wonderful meal was shared and nearly everyone stayed and shared in fellowship. Father Micah intends to serve Divine Liturgy once a month and to begin an inquirer class in February. God willing Divine services will be established on an ongoing basis. We ask your prayers for the newly established missionary endeavor. Father Micah serves St. Sebastian Orthodox Church as its Rector and this new missionary endeavor is an offshoot of that parish. The Next Divine Liturgy is already scheduled for February 11.
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Prince Vladimir Youth Association of Michigan Founded 
18/1/23, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On Saturday/Sunday, January 14/15, 2023 about 20 young adults (18-25 or so) gathered at our St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor. Fr. Andrei Sommer, Vice Chair of ROCOR’s Youth Committee, joined us from the Synodal Cathedral in New York City and led the activities for the weekend. Fr. Andrei arrived on Friday, January 13 in time to participate in the St. Vladimir Annual Nativity Charity Ball, as did many of the program participants. The ball was in support of the St. Vladimir parish’s parish school, the Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy, which is presently under construction and slated to begin instruction in the school in September or 2023. The school is already teaching students in the church proper, but the new facility will be a huge boon to this crucial educational endeavor, aimed at preparing the next generation of leaders for our Orthodox Michigan.

Saturday began with Divine Liturgy for the feast of St. Basil the Great, served by Priest Colin Bower and Deacon Dmitri Mihailov. After a light brunch the work began! The gathered young people prepared and recorded podcasts in support of the greater PVYA podcasting project, which began at the PVYA conference in Utah in June, 2022. Not just a few of Saturday’s participants had also been in Utah, and those young people took the lead in the day’s work. Nine new podcasts were prepared and will be released over the next few months. All are encouraged to subscribe to the podcasts:


Following the podcasting work the young people participated in the Saturday evening Vigil, which was followed by a somewhat massive bonfire and a pizza dinner. In the midst of all the work and social interaction something else important happened too: a Prince Vladimir Youth Association of Michigan was founded. Much more information in this regard will be forthcoming, but this group focuses on the 18-25 year old demographic, which has been traditionally under-served by the Church in North America. We hope to make a difference in the faith of this important age group, and we ask your prayers in this regard.

On Sunday all gathered again in the church to participate in the Divine Liturgy. Following the Liturgy the parish sisterhood offered a rather bountiful meal to all the parishioners, as well as the PVYA participants. A bit of work polishing Saturday’s podcasting efforts was undertaken, and then all returned to their homes in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Fr. Andrei was presented with the gift of an icon of St. Mardarije of Libertyville, who reposed at the beginning of the 20th Century in Ann Arbor, and who is the patron saint of the Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy. In return, Fr. Andrei gave a copy of his recently published book to the parish library, and also to Fr. Gregory Joyce, Rector of the parish.

Thank God for His mercy in allowing the young people to gather. This first effort of the PVYAMI was successful, but much work is still to be done. May the Lord also bless the forthcoming efforts!
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St. Jacob Orthodox Christian Mission in Ishpeming, MI (Marquette County) Completes its Iconostasis for Christmas Eve Liturgy 
17/1/23, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

With a generous donation from a friend of the mission in Chicago, Fr. Jesse purchased the raw materials from local hardware stores and staring working on the iconostasis in October. Parishioners lent power tools, Fr. Jesse's 15-year-old son Anthony made blueprints using CAD software, and Reader George helped with installation. The iconostasis is stable, portable, and was affordable (total cost about $500). The mission hopes to add Royal Doors an Deacon's Doors sometime this Lent.

The day after Christmas, St. Jacob's was blessed to celebrate its fourth and fifth baptisms since August and welcomed the newly-illumined Xenia and her daughter Kyriake to Christ's flock.

St. Jacob's is a small Orthodox mission community in an economically depressed area of rural Michigan, and outside donations from supporters in Lower Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin have proven vital to its growth.

If you can find it in your budget to make a donation to St. Jacob's--any amount helps!--please visit our donation page:



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Lansing Lesser Feast Day 
16/1/23, 08:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On Sunday, 2/15 January, 2023 the faithful of the Lansing area gathered at the St. Seraphim Mission to celebrate the lesser feast day of the temple, the main feast being July 19/August 1. Priest Colin Bower led the Divine Services on this day, assisted by Deacon Vladimir Pyrozhenko. Congratulations to all the laborers of Christ's Vineyard laboring in the Lansing Mission! God willing, a priest can soon be found to lead the Mission and oversee the growth of the faith in the Capital Region of our Michigan!
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Parish Feast Day in Lake Odessa 
25/12/22, 09:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Our parish in Lake Odessa, Michigan is dedicated to the Venerable Herman of Alaska. On the winter feast day of St. Herman it has become a tradition for those who are free on this day from throughout Michigan to gather in Lake Odessa to mark the feast of this favorite of God. Archpriest Michael Carney is the Rector of the parish and Deacon Elias Reeves assists Fr. Michael in service to the community. The two of them served Vigil for the feast on the eve, and they were joined by the Dean of our Michigan parishes, Archpriest Gregory Joyce, for Divine Liturgy on December 12/25. The choir sang beautifully for the feast under the direction of Daria Carney. Following the Divine Liturgy, at which almost all present partook of Holy Communion, the parish sisterhood offered a lenten meal for all in attendance. We congratulate everyone in the Lake Odessa parish with the feast!


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Ann Arbor Annual Nativity Ball 
20/12/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Join us on Friday, January 13, 2023 for our annual Nativity Ball! All proceeds benefit Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy! Last year's ball was GREAT! This year: EVEN BETTER!

Ball tickets make perfect Christmas gifts. Join us for a great evening of fun in celebration of our Lord's Incarnation, and help us raise money in support of our parish school! We aim to raise $5,000 to support our school, so even if you can't join us for the ball, visit the link below to help us reach that important goal!



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Funeral of One of Traverse City Founders 
13/12/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Leon Lysaght, one of the founders of our mission in Traverse City, reposed in the Lord shortly after Archbishop Peter visited the community for their feast day this year. On Saturday, December 10, the funeral for the servant of God Leon took place at the St. Sebastian parish in Traverse City. This was the first funeral for the mission, and fittingly so, in that the community was bidding farewell to one of their founders.

Leon’s earthly remains arrived at the church on December 9 and divine services were held that evening. On December 10 Priest Micah Chisholm, Rector of the mission, and the mission’s Deacon Michael Rossmeisel, served Divine Liturgy. Following the Liturgy they were joined by Fr. Rade Obsenica of St. George Serbian Church in Monroe, as well as Fr. Gregory Joyce of St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor.

Fr. Micah led the funeral and Fr. Rade gave the eulogy. The choir sang beautifully and prayerfully under the direction of the mission choir director Aidan Siler. Following the funeral a memorial meal was held at the mission. Later that afternoon Leon was buried in his family plot.

We ask the prayers of our Michigan Deanery faithful for the repose of the soul of the newly-departed Leon, his wife Pamela, and all the family and friends who are grieving at their loss. May the Lord reward Leon one hundredfold for his diligent service to His Church in this world!

Pictures of the funeral can be found at this link:


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All English Schedule in Ann Arbor 
8/12/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Our Ann Arbor parish has released its annual schedule of all English services. This is a missionary effort to make sure that the best kept secret in North America, Orthodox Christianity, is fully exposed! Please spread the word and invite friends and loved ones!


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Michigan Deanery Youth Choir Sings at St. Vladimir Parish this Sunday! 
7/12/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

We are pleased to announce that on Sunday, December 11, 2022 the Michigan Deanery Youth Choir will sing the Divine Liturgy at St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor. ALL ARE WELCOME! Support our Youth Choir – make a donation at the link below!


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Registration Open for PVYA MI Event January 14-15! 
2/12/22, 11:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


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