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Funeral of One of Traverse City Founders 
13/12/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Leon Lysaght, one of the founders of our mission in Traverse City, reposed in the Lord shortly after Archbishop Peter visited the community for their feast day this year. On Saturday, December 10, the funeral for the servant of God Leon took place at the St. Sebastian parish in Traverse City. This was the first funeral for the mission, and fittingly so, in that the community was bidding farewell to one of their founders.

Leon’s earthly remains arrived at the church on December 9 and divine services were held that evening. On December 10 Priest Micah Chisholm, Rector of the mission, and the mission’s Deacon Michael Rossmeisel, served Divine Liturgy. Following the Liturgy they were joined by Fr. Rade Obsenica of St. George Serbian Church in Monroe, as well as Fr. Gregory Joyce of St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor.

Fr. Micah led the funeral and Fr. Rade gave the eulogy. The choir sang beautifully and prayerfully under the direction of the mission choir director Aidan Siler. Following the funeral a memorial meal was held at the mission. Later that afternoon Leon was buried in his family plot.

We ask the prayers of our Michigan Deanery faithful for the repose of the soul of the newly-departed Leon, his wife Pamela, and all the family and friends who are grieving at their loss. May the Lord reward Leon one hundredfold for his diligent service to His Church in this world!

Pictures of the funeral can be found at this link:


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All English Schedule in Ann Arbor 
8/12/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Our Ann Arbor parish has released its annual schedule of all English services. This is a missionary effort to make sure that the best kept secret in North America, Orthodox Christianity, is fully exposed! Please spread the word and invite friends and loved ones!


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Michigan Deanery Youth Choir Sings at St. Vladimir Parish this Sunday! 
7/12/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

We are pleased to announce that on Sunday, December 11, 2022 the Michigan Deanery Youth Choir will sing the Divine Liturgy at St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor. ALL ARE WELCOME! Support our Youth Choir – make a donation at the link below!


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Registration Open for PVYA MI Event January 14-15! 
2/12/22, 11:00 PM
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Deanery Clergy Serve in Cincinnati with Metropolitan Nicholas 
22/11/22, 12:00 PM
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Sharpie, 2023 Calendar, Block those Dates! 
18/11/22, 12:00 PM
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Register Now! 
17/11/22, 12:00 PM
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Let's make Michigan the state with the MOST participants!

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Deanery Youth Choir Concert in Ann Arbor January 8, 2023 
10/11/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

We are pleased to announce that on Sunday, January 8, 2023 the Michigan Deanery Youth Choir will sing the Divine Liturgy at St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor. Following the Divine Liturgy will be a meal for all present at which the Youth Choir will give its Nativity Concert. ALL ARE WELCOME! A free will offering to support the Youth Choir will be taken up at the concert. For those who would like to support the choir now, please visit the link below.


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Message to the Youth of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America from the Diocesan Assembly 2022 
11/10/22, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Beloved Orthodox Youth,

We celebrate your growing contributions, and we encourage your continued growth in the life of the Church. In a time of advancing spiritual darkness, the Orthodox Church serves as an anchor of authentic Truth in our Lord, building lives rooted in Holy Tradition, handed down unchanged over two thousand years of Church history. While all Orthodox Christians are called to serve, we recognize that the youth have a particular role in upholding the Faith. We call upon the Orthodox Christian youth of our diocese, with energy and sacrifice, with integrity and love, to make the Orthodox Faith your own, to support each other in your lives as brothers and sisters in Christ, to build Orthodox community together, to stand up for the Faith in every aspect of your lives, and to live full lives within the Church. Our Orthodox Faith is handed down from our Lord Jesus Christ through His Holy and Apostolic Church from generation unto generation, and the youth serve as a vital link in that chain of Faith across the ages, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Orthodox Youth: Embrace the Truth!
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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 year’s 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 Peter’s 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 Lord’s 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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