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Let us Beware of Covidolatry Observations from the Michigan Deanery  
6/5/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

As Dean of the Michigan Deanery of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia I no doubt will have to answer at least on some level for the parishioners of our Deanery. Not in the way that Archbishop Peter would as our ruling hierarch (he answers for every soul in the diocese), or the way in which I will unquestionably answer for the parishioners of the parish where I am the Rector in Ann Arbor. But to imagine there is NO repercussion for my work as the Dean is probably a fantasy, so I think it is important, and hopefully an aid to my salvation, to make a few observations about the state of our state from a spiritual point of view, and to raise some questions that hopefully will cause some soul-profiting soul searching for the faithful in our deanery.


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Archbishop Peter's Epistle: On the Removal of the Quarantine and the Opening of Parishes 
30/4/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please find here Archbishop Peter's Epistle on the removal of quarantines in the diocese. This does not apply to us yet - but hopefully soon!


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Addendum to Diocesan Policy Regarding Public Worship During the Cornovavirus Pandemic 
24/4/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

This addendum to the diocesan policy is not applicable to Michigan yet, but we hope it soon will be as we move towards lifing the quarantine here.


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Archbishop Peter Guidance: Holy Week & Pascha 
14/4/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please find guidance for for Holy Week & Pascha from Archbishop Peter at the link below.


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Unction Canceled 
5/4/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

This is a reminder that, as previously announced, the Deanery Unction service that was previously scheduled for this evening in Ferndale has been canceled due to the pandemic. Please reach out to your local priest for spiritual support as needed during this extraordinary time.
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Two Archbishop Peter Visits to the Deanery Canceled 
25/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Due to the present restrictions placed upon public gatherings His Eminence, Archbishop Peter, has canceled his visit to the Sts. Sergius & Herman of Valaam Monastery in Houghton March 28-29, 2020 and to St. Vladimir Parish in Ann Arbor April 4-5, 2020. Once the pandemic subsides these visits will be rescheduled.
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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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