On behalf of the Diocese of the Midwest and under the direction of the Diocesan Hierarch, the Mission Committee guides and supports the development of new missions in the region. The Committee nurtures these new communities of faith and witness from small cores of people to their maturity as full parishes.
Deaneries, established parishes, and local groups are all encouraged to consider planting a mission in areas where there is no Orthodox presence.
The Diocese currently has eight missions and six chapels:
- Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Mission – Saint James, MO (website)
- Joy of All Who Sorrow Mission – Joplin, MO (website)
- St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Mission – Saint Paul, MN (website)
- St. Makarios Mission – Chicago (Hyde Park), IL (website)
- St. Nicholas of Myra Mission – Lawrence, KS (website)
- St. Nicholas Mission – Pella, IA (website)
- St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mission – Quincy, IL (website)
- St. Stephen the First Martyr Mission – Lima, OH (website)
Chapels are small local communities that exist as an outreach of an existing parish, perhaps in an effort to test the vitality and interest in its area, or simply to offer liturgical life and ministry to a small, isolated community.
- All Saints of North America, Bemidji, MINN, (attached to St. Mary’s Cathedral Minneapolis MN)
- Holy Myrrhbearers, St. Cloud, MINN (attached to St. Herman Church, Minneapolis MN)
- Holy Theophany, Lake Geneva, WI (attached to Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church, Milwaukee WI)
- St. Ephrem, Athens, OH (attached to St. Gregory Church Columbus, OH)
- St. Herman of Alaska, West Bend, WI (attached to Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church, Milwaukee WI)
- St. John of Chicago, New Lenox, IL (attached to St. Luke Church. Palos Hills IL)