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Resolution of the Diocesan Assembly, Oct 2-6, 2022 
10/10/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

As representatives of the community of prayer which is our Diocese and buttressed here by daily participation in the Life-Giving Divine Services of the Holy Orthodox Church, we the delegates of the Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, with the blessing, and under the guidance of His Eminence Archbishop Peter, give thanks to God for the many blessings He has poured out upon our Diocese in the past four years:

By the election of our Council of Bishops, we have a new First Hierarch, His Eminence Nicholas, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York;
New missions have opened in Lubbock, TX; McHenry, IL; Madison, WI; Portage, WI; Traverse City, MI; Corpus Christi, TX; Lockhart, TX; and Marquette, MI.
New Church buildings have been built or purchased in Austin, TX; San Antonio, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Ft. Wayne, IN; and Kansas City, KS.
Nineteen new priests and eight new deacons now serve in our diocese;
The Pastoral School continues training candidates to serve the Church both in our diocese and other dioceses throughout the world. Of the 49 graduates since its inception, 19 finished their studies in the last four years. More than 100 students are currently enrolled in the Pastoral School;
Our Diocesan Youth Committee annually sponsors St. Herman conferences and coordinates resources for Church School programs. This years conference will be hosted by Sts. Peter and Fevronia parish in Kansas City, KS, December 26-30, 2022.
Our Diocesan Music Committee has been effectively supporting the liturgical singing in our parishes through in-person workshops, remote instruction, participation in St. Herman Conferences and valuable online resources;
We have passed through the trial of COVID-19 as communities strengthened and unified in Christ;
The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade, reducing the presence of the sin of abortion in many of our communities, a legal decision which spurs us to remember our Christian responsibility to serve Christ through care for our neighbors in need, mothers and their children, born and unborn;

We have prayed that the All-Merciful Lord give rest to the soul of our recently-reposed First Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, and to our previous Ruling Hierarch, Archbishop Alypy, and urge the continued prayers of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ for them and for the clergy of our diocese who have reposed since we last gathered in 2018: Archpriest Martin Swanson, Hieromonk Nicholas (Chebotar), and priest Vasily Melnyk.

Echoes of the mourning, fear and lament arising from the current fratricidal war in Ukraine reverberate within our parishes, spurring us to prayers for peace and labors of mercy for those displaced and in hardship. We listened with interest to the report of His Eminence, Archbishop Gabriel, on the conflict and appreciate his participation and responses to our questions. We are grateful to God to learn from Archbishop Peter that the parishioners of our diocese have gathered more than $88,000 to aid Ukrainian refugees and those suffering in Ukraine, and encourage such efforts to continue on the local and international level. We learned of the current trials of the Church in Latvia and exhort the faithful to pray for Met. Alexander and his flock.

Aware of our great responsibility for the talents collectively entrusted to us by the Lord, we have resolved to attend to pressing needs within our diocese:

We rededicate ourselves to supporting, nurturing, and investing in the youth of our diocese. On a parish level, this commitment primarily manifests itself in parish church schools, youth groups and choirs. Within the diocese, the annual St. Herman Conferences and ORPR Camp most visibly carry this torch. We urge each parish to welcome families to worship and to invite youth to serve the church be it in the altar, the choir, the candle stand or some other way. The support of the spiritual formation of the youth within parish communities must be a conscious and creative act.
Having been reminded that the Body of Christ as it exists within our diocese is manifest within each local liturgical community, the parishes, and that together these communities support our bishop as well as the diocese as a whole and that the diocese further supports our Metropolitan and the Synod of Bishops, love for God and for our neighbor prompts us to share the gifts generously bestowed to each of us through ungrudging, regular and liberal payment of diocesan dues.
We have charged the Diocesan Council to review the annual parish assessments, which have not increased since 2018 as well as Archbishop Peters salary, which has not changed since 2011.
We appeal to our brothers and sisters in Christ to also donate to the St. John Kochurov Society since it funds the particular needs of the youth, mission parishes and monastic communities.

We rejoice at the presence of Lords Most Pure Mother with us through the miracle-working, myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God at the patronal feast of our host parish, the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in Austin (Georgetown), TX. Our Assembly concluded with the festal vigil and hierarchical liturgy, including ordinations to the priesthood of deacon Gregory Solis and to the diaconate of Christopher Morgan.

We are grateful to and appreciate that Presbytera Eugenia Constantinou, Ph.D., has instructed us about the Orthodox phronema, the mindset which Christ imparted to the Apostles and which they passed on to their disciples and ultimately has come down to us. Just as it has through the centuries, this spring of living water sustains the faithful and has been palpably present in the warm fellowship of our Assembly, for which we earnestly give thanks to Christ the Good Shepherd.
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Epistle of the Council of Bishops - To Be Read in All Church of the Diocese 
26/9/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Archbishop Peter blesses for the Epistle of the recently-concluded Council of Bishops to be read in all parishes and monasteries of our diocese in place of the sermon either for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, or on the coming Sunday, September 19/October 2.

The Epistle can be found here in English

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New Metropolitan - New Comemmorations and Polychornion 
17/9/22, 10:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

The Michigan Deanery congratulates our new First Hierarch, elevated to Metropolitan following the Vigil at the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City this evening. Beginning with Liturgy tomorrow morning the following will be in use in the Michigan Deanery:

Commemorations for Clergy

Commemorations for Choir

Many Years to Metropolitan Nicholas, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad!
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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 parishs 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 Peters visit, including the Cherubic Hymn. Pictures of the Divine Services and festivities can be found at the link below:

ARCHBISHOP PETER VISIT TO DORMITION CATHEDRAL

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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 parishs 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:

HIERARCHAL VISIT TO ANN ARBOR

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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:

ST. JACOB MISSION

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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!

ON-LINE PROGRAM

MICROSCHOOLING PROGRAM

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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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