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Pandemic Public Services in Michigan Deanery 
24/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On March 23, 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic continued to impact the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, His Eminence Archbishop Peter, having sought advice from several Orthodox Christian physicians, including an Infectious Disease specialist, reluctantly decided to close all temples of the diocese to public worship. The parishes of the Michigan Deanery are all effected by this decision and should act according to the information below, keeping in mind that Governor Whitmer's Executive Order is even more strict than the diocesan policy, and Rectors should see to it that the absolute minimum number of personnel necessary to hold services in each parish be present at the Divine Services. For all parishes of the deanery this should be less than 10 personnel including the clergy. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or concerns.

Diocesan Policy Regarding Public Worship During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Archbishop Peter Instructional Letter 
18/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On March 17, 2020 His Eminence Archbishop Peter published an important instructional letter which is in force immediately in the Michigan Deanery. This is especially important in that, according to the Executive Order of Governor Whitmer, it is now illegal for more than 50 people to publicly gather in our state. Our parishes are effected by this order and must comply with it. Archbishop Peter explains in his letter how we are to deal with this unprecidented situation. Those with questions are asked to contact our Dean, Fr. Gregory Joyce.


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Pandemic Information from the Diocesan Office 
16/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please find information at the link below from the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America. These guidelines are in force in the Michigan Deanery immediately.


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Archbishop Peter to Visit Deanery 
11/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

His Eminence Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America, our ruling hierarch, will visit our Michigan Deanery April 4-5, 2020. On April 4 Vladyka will preside at the Vigil at St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor. On April 5 Vladyka will preside at the Divine Liturgy in Ann Arbor and, God willing, ordain Subdeacon Colin Bower to the deaconate. On April 5 in the evening Vladyka will lead the Sacrament of Unction at the Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale.
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Michigan Deanery Unction is April 5, 2020 
20/2/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

With the blessing of Archbishop Peter, the annual General Unction service for our Michigan Deanery will be held at Dormition Cathedral at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2020. The address for Dormition Cathedral is: 2101 Livernois St., Ferndale, MI 48220.

По благословению архиепископа Петра, ежегодное общее Соборование Мичиганского благочиния состоится в Успенском соборе в 6:00 часов вечера в воскресенье, 5 апреля 2020 г. Адрес Успенского собора: 2101 Livernois St., Ferndale, MI 48220.


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Traverse City Mission Services 
12/2/20, 10:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Beginning February 2, 2020, the St. Sebastian Mission in Traverse City will hold Reader Services each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy will be held on February 18 and March 17. Please join us as your personal schedule allows, and please pray for the success of the mission!

Fr. Gregory Joyce
Dean of Michigan Parishes
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Update on Cadillac Mission 
11/2/20, 10:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Dear followers and supporters. Things have been quiet here in the past few months. Changes in employment and attending to some significant family needs required that we pause Sunday services for a season.

I am excited to share the God has opened a door and that our family will be redirecting a good bit of our time and energy to assisting St Sebastian Orthodox Church near Traverse City. This mission was recently transferred into our diocese so it seems a good place to direct ourselves while things continue to rest here in Cadillac. God willing there will be a renewed effort to build an Orthodox parish in Cadillac when the time for that is right. In the meantime please contact us through our Facebook page if you are Orthodox and interested in forming a community or if you are not Orthodox but are curious about learning more! We would love to hear from you. Please also pray for St Sebastian Orthodox Church, that Christ’s love would be made manifest there and that our labors will bear good fruit. Check back often for updates!

Grace & Peace,

Subdeacon Micah Chisholm
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Divine Liturgy in Traverse City 
23/1/20, 08:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On January 9/22, 2020, the day of the commemoration of Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow, the Dean of Michigan Parishes, Fr. Gregory Joyce, served the Divine Liturgy at the St. Sebastian Mission in Traverse City, MI with Archbishop Peter’s blessing. Although it was a working day, 15 people gathered for the Divine Liturgy – 14 of these partook of Holy Communion (the 15th was a Catechumen). Following the Divine Liturgy a meal was presented at which the future of the mission was discussed, as well as several interesting questions about Orthodox Christianity in Michigan and on the North American continent. God willing, Liturgy will again be served on February 18, and Sunday Reader Services will commence on February 2. We ask your prayers for this vibrant community! Lear more at their web site:


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Second Pascha in Michigan's Capital 
17/1/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Congratulations to our parish in Lansing! Full coverage and lots of pictures of their feast day can be found on the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America web site:


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Second Pascha at St. Herman Parish 
26/12/19, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Congratulations to our parish in Lake Odessa! Full coverage and lots of pictures of their feast day can be found on the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America web site:

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