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Deanery Youth Choir to Sing Liturgy October 8 in Ann Arbor 
12/9/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please join us for the feast of St. Sergius of Radonezh (October 8 at 9:00 a.m.) at St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor. We are pleased to announce that our Michigan Deanery Youth Choir will sing at this Divine Liturgy. All are welcome! Come support your Michigan Deanery Youth Choir!
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Archbishop Peter Visits Ferndale Cathedral 
31/8/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On Saturday and Sunday, August 27 & 28, His Eminence Archbishop Peter presided at the Divine Services for the patronal feast day of our historical Michigan Deanery Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale. This feast day also marked the cathedral parish’s farewell to its longtime Rector, Archpriest Victor Trotskyy. Fr. Victor was recently assigned to the Dean of the Diocesan Cathedral in Des Plaines (Chicago), Illinois. At the Divine Liturgy the Michigan Deanery Youth Choir, under the direction of Zoya Kotulski, sang several hymns they had specially prepared for Vladyka Peter’s visit, including the Cherubic Hymn. Pictures of the Divine Services and festivities can be found at the link below:


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Archbishop Peter Visits Ann Arbor Parish 
30/8/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, His Eminence Archbishop Peter visited the St. Vladimir parish in Ann Arbor. During his visit His Eminence ordained Subdeacon Dmitri Mihaliov a Deacon for service to the Ann Arbor community. Also, His Eminence revealed a new icon of St. Mardarije, commissioned by the parish’s Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy. The icon depicts the saint, who went to his eternal reward while a patient at the University of Michigan Hospital, studying in his library. This is a unique, but not completely unknown, iconographic depiction, and the first of its kind of St. Mardarije, the patron saint of the school. At the Divine Liturgy on this day Priest Joseph Towne, cleric of the Sts. Sergius & Herman of Valaam Monastery in Houghton was awarded the right to wear the Nabedrinik and Skufia. Pictures of the visit can be found at the link below:


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New Sign for Ishpeming Mission 
29/8/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

On Sunday, August 15/28, 2022 the St. Jacob Mission in Ishpeming/Marquette blessed their new sign. To learn more about this growing mission please visit their web site:


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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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