Administration

Diocesan Center

927 N LaSalle Blvd • Chicago, IL 60610

The Diocese of the Midwest is administered from the Diocesan Center located in Chicago, Illinois.  The Diocesan Center houses the Bishop’s residence, the Chancery offices, meeting space for Diocesan events, the Bishop’s chapel (Christ the Savior Church), and an apartment for the parish rector, who also serves as property manager.

The chancery is staffed Monday through Thursday, 10am – 4pm Central Time (11am – 5pm Eastern Time).  The chancery is closed on:

  • St. Basil’s Day (January 1)
  • Theophany (January 6)
  • Pascha (April 16-21)
  • Memorial Day (May 25)
  • Independence Day (July 4—Chancery closure observed on July 3, 2020)
  • Labor Day (September 7)
  • Thanksgiving (November 26-27
  • Nativity (December 24-27)

Diocesan Bishop

His Grace, Right Reverend Paul 
Bishop of Chicago & the Midwest

Consecrated: December 27, 2014
Nameday: November 6

Biography

Diocesan Chancellor

Very Reverend John Zdinak

The Very Reverend John Zdinak, Dean of St. Theodosius Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, serves as Diocesan Chancellor.  Any and all correspondence to the Bishop, save confidential matters, should be copied to the Chancellor.

Diocesan Secretary

Reverend Herman Kincaid

The Diocesan Secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of all Diocesan Council meetings and all Assemblies; notify all parishes of all such meetings; and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Bishop, Chancellor, the Assembly and the Council.

Diocesan Treasurer

Robert Koncel

Mr. Robert Koncel has served for many years as Treasurer of the Diocese of the Midwest. He is a long-time member of St. Joseph Church in Wheaton, Illinois.

The Bishop's Secretary

Mr. Philip Sokolov

The Diocese of the Midwest chancery offices are staffed by Philip Sokolov, Secretary to Bishop Paul. The secretary is responsible for all administrative concerns and also handles bookkeeping for the Diocese.

Director of Communications

Reverend Alexander Koranda

The Reverend Alexander Koranda oversees communication strategy and prepares all official news releases that appear on the Diocesan website.

Deanery Structure

The parishes of the Diocese of the Midwest are organized into administrative deaneries based on geographic location. The Diocese has six deaneries. Each deanery has a Dean elected by the assigned priests of the deanery and confirmed by the Bishop.

The work of the deanery is overseen and guided by the Dean who is a Rector from within the respective deanery. He coordinates and directs activities of the parishes and priests within the deanery, guiding the establishment of missions, and serving as the first appeal if or when disputes arise within the deanery.

In all matters, the Deans report directly to the Bishop, from whom they receive advice, instruction, and counsel, and for whom they act as an administrative liaisons to their own deanery communities.

Midwest Territory

Chicago Dean

Very Reverend Alexander Kuchta

Holy Resurrection Church
PO Box 421
Palatine, IL 60078

Cleveland Dean

Very Reverend Andrew Clements

St. Nicholas Church
9650 Johnnycake Ridge Rd
Mentor, OH 44060

Indianapolis Dean

Very Reverend Joel Weir

St. Stephen Church
210 Morgan St
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Kansas City Dean

Very Reverend Timothy Sawchak

Holy Trinity Church
11901 Pflumm Rd
Overland Park, KS 66213

Michigan Dean

Very Reverend Dusan Koprivica

St. Demetrius Church
PO Box 125
Jackson, MI 49204

Minneapolis Dean

Very Reverend Paul Wesche

St. Herman Church
5355 38th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Diocesan Council

The Diocesan Council is the permanent body of the diocesan administration. Its membership is elected at the Diocese Assembly with the approval of the Bishop (who is the de facto chairman). In addition to the elected/voting members, the members of the Bishop’s Council, a consultative body for the benefit of the Bishop, are ex-officio non-voting members of the Diocesan Council. This is a consultative body for the benefit of the bishop, and is comprised of the District Deans and the Chancellor.

Under the guidance of, and with the approval of the Bishop, the Diocesan Council implements decisions of the Diocesan Assembly, acts on issues affecting parishes and diocesan institutions, and deals with issues that may have legal or financial implications for the diocese, including the funding of missions, monasteries, the chancery, etc. and the collection of diocesan funds. Likewise, the Diocesan Council regulates the boundaries of the deaneries and parishes, and makes the needed preparations for the Diocesan Assembly.

Read more and see council meeting minutes »

Officers

His Grace, Bishop Paul
Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor
Priest Herman Kincaid, Secretary
Robert Koncel, Treasurer

Clergy Delegates

Archpriest James Dank (2021)
Priest Andrew Bartek (2020)
Priest Benjamin Tucci (2021)
Priest Jacob Van Sickle (2022)
Protodeacon George Potym (2020)
Priest Esteban Vázquez, Alternate (2020)

Lay Delegates

Mary Ann Bobulsky (2021)
Ellyn Gillette (2022)
Kenneth Herman (2022)
Simeon Morbey (2021)
Carrie Sabourin (2020)
Linda Shafer, Alternate (2020)

Metropolitan Council Representatives

Archpriest Elijah Mueller, Clergy (2021)
Robert Graban, Lay (2019)

Auditing Committee

Samuel Jacob (2021)
Frank Tkacz (2019)
Judi Wienclaw (2020)

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