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Offerings this Fall at Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy 
19/8/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please learn more about the offerings at A2OCA at the links below - there are deadlines so read this all and respond today!



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Michigan Deanery Ordinations in Chicago 
15/7/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Congratulations to our newly-ordained Michigan Deanery clergy!

Hieromonk Alexei (Ordained 7/10/22)
Priest Jesse Rimshas (Ordained 7/12/22)
Deacon Michael Rossmeisl (Ordaine 7/12/22)
Reader George Hunt (Tonsured 7/12/22)

All ordinations and tonsures took place at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, Illinois. Axios!
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Personnel Updates in the Deanery 
24/6/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please see the ukases from Archbishop Peter below outlining personnel changes in the Deanery. We wish Fr. Victor every success in his new assignment as Dean of the Diocesan Cathedral in Chicago!

UKASE 27/22

UKASE 28/22

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Updated Commemorations 
16/5/22, 10:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

With the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion in New York today, Archbishop Peter has blessed the following commemorations in our Michigan Deanery until further notice.

Commemorations for Clergy Service Book

Hierarchal "Many Years"

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Statement from Archbishop Peter on the Crisis in Ukraine 
24/2/22, 01:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please find Archbishop Peter's statement, and instructions to the faithful of the diocese, at the following link.


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Second Pascha at St. Herman Parish in Lake Odessa 
30/12/21, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Our parish in Lake Odessa, Michigan, named in honor of St. Herman of Alaska, celebrates their annual feast day on the very day that most Americans celebrate the Nativity of our Lord: 12/25 December. This alignment of dates provides both benefits and drawbacks. For those who do not have many non-Orthodox relatives celebrating Christmas this day it is possible to come to the feast without any difficulties, even from throughout the vast Michigan Deanery. For those with many non-Orthodox relatives celebrating Christmas this day, attending the feast day services in Lake Odessa can indeed be a challenge.

On the eve of the feast the Rector of the parish, Archpriest Michael Carney, led the Divine Services with parish Deacon Elias Reeves. On the feast itself Fr. Michael bolstered the parish choir and Dean of Michigan Parishes, Archpriest Gregory Joyce, led the Divine Liturgy with Deacon Elias.

Following the Divine Liturgy, at which most of the many faithful who gathered partook of the Holy Mysteries, the parish offered a meal to those in attendance. Many lingered far into the afternoon discussing the day’s activities, feast days past in Lake Odessa, the the future of the parish’s efforts to bring the Gospel to those living in this rural area of mid-Michigan.
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Feast Day in Traverse City 
1/12/21, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On November 17/30, 2021 the faithful of Saint Sebastian Orthodox Christian Mission in Traverse City, MI gathered to celebrate their patronal feast day commemorating Saint Sebastian (Dabovich) of Jackson. Joining Father Micah Chisholm, the Rector of St. Sebastian, was Father Gregory Joyce, Dean of the Michigan Deanery of ROCOR parishes.

On the evening of November 16/29 a Vigil service was served and on Tuesday November 17/30 Fr. Joyce led the Divine Liturgy. Both services were well attended by the members of the parish. Following the Divine Liturgy gramotas were given to two of the three founding couples of the mission in recognition for their labors in planting the church. The third founding couple was unable to attend the feast day and will be recognized at a later date. A meal was shared as members old and new shared memories of the founding years and hopes for the future as God directs.


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St. Jacob of Alaska Mission Celebrates First Divine Liturgy  
2/11/21, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

With the blessing of Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid America, St. Jacob of Alaska Orthodox Christian Mission celebrated its first Divine Liturgy on the morning of Saturday, October 30th. Vespers and Liturgy were celebrated on the campus of Northern Michigan University, in the rented room where parishioners are accustomed to holding Reader’s Vespers and Typica services. Priest Micah Chisholm of St. Sebastian Orthodox Christian Mission Church in Traverse City, Michigan presided, assisted by the mission’s coordinator, Deacon Jesse Rimshas.

St. Jacob’s does not yet have a permanent location for services but sets up and tears down for services at NMU’s Northern Center every other weekend. In this they faintly imitate their great missionary patron St. Jacob Netsvetov, beloved of St. Innocent of Alaska, who held Divine Liturgies in a tent he a carried with him to the remote areas of Alaska. Fr. Micah plans to return to celebrate the Great Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple in December. The parishioners of St. Jacob’s are deeply grateful to Fr. Micah for his continuing service and sacrifice.


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Successful Festival in Ann Arbor 
30/9/21, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

The weekend of September 18-19, 2021 marked the 8th annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival, and the return of the event after a one-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. Thousands of people descended upon the festival grounds at St. Vladimir Church, enjoying two days of Slavic entertainment, food, and of course, a positive introduction to Orthodox Christianity. We are thankful for all who participated in the festival, especially our intrepid volunteers who worked beyond normal human capacity to welcome, feed, and entertain our visitors on this beautiful Michigan fall weekend.

You can make sure that the festival remains strong by making a donation to this important family-based annual event at the link below – we thank you in advance for your support!



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Houghton Monastery Celebrates Annual Feast Day 
25/9/21, 03:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Coverage of the joyous celebrations can be found on our diocesan web site at the link below.


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