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This Week in the Life of your Bishop, July 17th to July 24th

Bishop Paul’s Travel Schedule: July 17th to August 13th

St. John Camp, Riverdale, IN, July 16th to 18th

Joy of all Who Sorrow, Theotokos of Unexpected Joy Missions, Ashgrove & Joplin, MO, July 20th to 24th

St. Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH, July 28th to July 30th

St. Nicholas Mission, Pella, IA, August 4th to 6th

4th Annual St. Macrina Conference, St. Iakovos Retreat Center, August 11th to 12th

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, August 12 to 13th

Please keep in your prayers… Metropolitan Herman, Fr. John Klembara, Fr. Paul Lazor, Fr. Ted Bobosh, Fr. Joseph Gibson, Fr. John Reeves, Dn. Bohdan Melnychenko, Matushka Laryssa Hutnyan, Helen Lis (mother of Fr. David Lis), Daria Petrykowski, and Theodore Geletka.

If there are people who are known throughout the diocese that are in need of prayer, please submit their names to Bishop Paul

Bishop Paul had a wonderful experience the last four days. He spent two days at the Small Parish Forum in New Kensington, PA on July 13th and 14th where 69 people were enrolled. There were great talks by both clergy and laity. Then Bishop Paul along with His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon participated in the glorification services for St. Mardarije of Libertyville on July 15th and 16th. Patriarch Irinej of Serbia was the celebrant at the Diving Liturgy. What a wonderful saint for our country. He purchased land with his own funds of what would be St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, IL. He was also known for biking 45 kilometers from Chicago to the monastery. We venerated his incorrupt relics. We had the honor of hearing his Paschal Homily of 1933 read at the liturgy on Sunday. Holy Father Mardarije pray to God for us!

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — The Diocese of the Midwest’s catechist and diaconal vocations program, the Saint Macrina Institute, will hold its fourth annual conference at the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center, Kansasville, WI August 11-12, 2017.

The conference theme — “The ‘Wedding Feast:’ Diakonia and the Celebration of Life in Union” — will be introduced by Hieromonk Alexii [Altschul], who will explore how sacramental life, mission and ministry work in marriage and the Church as the living image of a joyous wedding, calling all to union with God.

Other conference instructors will include Dr. Justin Jackson, Presvytera Rebecca Luft, Archpriest Elijah Mueller, Anna Strelka, Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos and others.

In addition to a variety of talks and diaconal and catechetical practicums, diaconal candidates will have the opportunity to meet with His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago, according to Father Elijah, who oversees the program.

Registration forms are available on the Diocese of the Midwest Web Page. The $190.00 per person registration fee includes all lodging and meals, instruction and conference materials. Registration for commuters is $120.00. In cases of financial hardship, please contact Father Elijah at; 312-714-9775.

The following is presented as a friendly reminder. You can also use any seminars or lectures you attend during the year to go towards the continuing education requirement. (i.e. the sessions at our yearly convocation).

If you are holding any special events or celebrating any special services, and would like to share this news with the diocese, contact Fr. John Matusiak to put the event on the diocesan web page. Gather what photos you have and send those to Fr. John along with some bullet points of facts concerning the event. That way he can do a brief write up of the event. Fr. John can be reached at:


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