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Reflections on Autocephaly: Archpriest Thaddeus Wojcik

Looking back to the birth of our Church’s autocephaly brings a flood of memories. In the late 1960s and early 70s priests of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church (the Metropolia) would gather once a year for a summertime retreat at St. Andrew’s Camp on Lake Oneida in Upstate New York. Present at the 1970 …

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Reflections on Autocephaly: Introductory Letter of His Grace, Bishop Paul

January 7, 2020 To all Rectors, Priest-in-charge, Deacons, Monastics and Laity of the Diocese of the Midwest. Glory to Jesus Christ! Each month starting in January, we will be posting to our Diocesan website a series of reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in America. I mentioned this in …

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The Holy Synod Proclaims 2020 as a Year of Anniversaries for the Orthodox Church in America

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] — A message from Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America: On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concelebrated the Divine Liturgy for the feast of Saint John Chrysostom.  At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New …

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In Memoriam: Archpriest John Kuchta

JOLIET, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — Archpriest John Kuchta, 91, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, December 28, 2019, surrounded by family, at the Joliet Area Community Hospice here. Born on September 14, 1928, he grew up in McKeesport, PA, attending grade and high schools there.  He then attended Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South …

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2019 Nativity Message of His Grace, Bishop Paul

2019 NATIVITY MESSAGE OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP PAUL For today I see equality of honor between heaven and earth, and a way for all those below to things above, matching the condescension of those on high.  However great the heaven of heavens may be, or the upper waters which form a roof over the celestial …

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In Memoriam: The Tenth Anniversary of the Repose of Archbishop Job

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — Wednesday, December 18, 2019, marks the tenth anniversary of the repose of His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest.  The Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest are asked to remember him in their prayers. As His Eminence was a great lover and advocate of church singing, in …

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Monthly Matching Gift Challenge Kickoff: Children’s Creative Arts Area for Orthodox Detroit Outreach

Sunday afternoon Creative Arts: Making icons of the Archangels The Mother Maria Charitable Ministry of the Diocese of the Midwest is kicking off a Monthly Matching Gift Challenge to support Orthodox ministries in Midwest America, in which they will be offering a matching gift of $1,000 to five Orthodox ministries in the upcoming five months. …

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Exhortation of His Grace, Bishop Paul regarding Midwest Family Life initiative

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — In a letter posted to all rectors, deans and priests-in-charge of the Diocese, His Grace Bishop Paul reviews the history of the Diocesan Midwest Family Life Website since its establishment in January of 2017, and offers suggestions on how the clergy of the Diocese can aid in promoting the website …

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Announcing the Monthly Matching Gift Challenge

CHICAGO [MW Diocese Communications] — This December, the Diocese of the Midwest will be kicking off a Monthly Matching Gift Challenge to support Orthodox ministries in Midwest America.  There is much good being done in the name of Jesus Christ by Orthodox Christians in our own “backyards.”  In an effort to support this good work, the …

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Saint Macrina Orthodox Institute will offer new Spirituality class

CHICAGO [MW Diocese Communications] — Saint Macrina Orthodox Institute is offering a new local, Chicago Deanery Spirituality course for those who wish to begin taking the course cycle for catechist certification or for diaconal vocations.  Some students will continue in cohort from the last cycle, but new students in the Chicago and broader Deanery area are …

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