Michigan Deanary, ROCOR. 

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New Priest for Traverse City 
28/8/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Congratulations to Priest Micah Chisholm, his wife Stephanie, their family, and the St. Sebastian Mission in Traverse City! Fr. Micah was ordained a priest today, the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, by His Eminence Archbishop Peter at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, IL. Fr. Micah is assigned to the St. Sebastian Mission and God-willing will serve his first Divine Liturgy there this coming Sunday. Fr. Micah is pictured here with the Dean of Michigan parishes, Fr. Gregory Joyce.
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Deacon Ordained for Traverse City Mission 
20/8/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Congratulations to the newly-ordained Deacon Micah Chisholm, his wife Stephanie, their family, and the St. Sebastian Mission family in Traverse City where Fr. Micah will be serving. Fr. Micah was ordained at the Divine Liturgy in Des Plaines, IL on the feast of the Transfiguration by His Eminence, Archbishop Peter. God-willing, Deacon Micah will be ordained a priest by Archbishop Peter later this month. Fr. Micah is pictured here with Archbishop Peter and Fr. Gregory Joyce, Dean of Michigan parishes.
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Indoor Gatherings Limited to 10 as of July 31, 2020 
31/7/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

According to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-160, due to a doubling of the 7 day rolling average of positive cases or novel corona virus in our state over the last month, indoor gatherings are now limited to 10. This is a step back towards quarantine – a strengthening of the regime. Parishes that have questions or need resources are asked to contact the Dean of Michigan Parishes, Fr. Gregory Joyce.
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Michigan Deanery Graduations and Ordination 
1/7/20, 12:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Sunday was a big day for the Michigan Deanery at the Diocesan Cathedral! Left to right: Fr. Gregory Joyce (Dean of Michigan ROCOR parishes), Hierodeacon Alexei (new graduate of the Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America - PSDCMA), Subdeacon Micah Chisholm (new graduate of PSDCMA), Deacon Colin Bower (ordained deacon Sunday and new graduate of PSDCMA), Reader Elijah Naasko (tonsured Reader Sunday). Congratulations to all!

ALL PHOTOS OF THE WEEKEND

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Outdoor Gatherings of up to 100 Allowed 
2/6/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


According to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-110 it is permissible to gather in groups of 100 or less OUTSIDE as of June 1, 2020. Parishes that have questions or need resources to take the next steps out of quarantine in response to these orders are asked to contact the Dean of Michigan Parishes, Fr. Gregory Joyce.
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Small Groups Allowed to Gather 
22/5/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


According to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders 2020-96 and 2020-97 it is permissible to gather in groups of 10 or less as of May 21, 2020. Parishes that have questions or need resources to take the first steps out of quarantine in response to these orders are asked to contact the Dean of Michigan Parishes, Fr. Gregory Joyce.
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Prayers for Midland County 
20/5/20, 01:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Today people in our Deanery are suffering greatly. Flood waters are expected to reach record levels in Midland – twice as high as any previously recorded flood. Many people will lose all material possessions. Some people will likely lose their lives. Please pray for the suffering people of this area of our state who are undergoing a crisis in the time of pandemic. May the Lord be with them all today! Donations to support the relief effort can be made to the Red Cross:

MICHIGAN RED CROSS

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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!

EPISTLE: ON THE REMOVAL OF THE QUARANTINE AND THE OPENING OF PARISHES

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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.

PUBLIC WORSHIP AS QUARANTINES LIFT

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