This Week in the Life of Your Bishop

This Week in the Life of your Bishop, April 12th to April 19th   

Archbishop Paul’s Travel Schedule, April 12th to May 17th

St. George Cathedral, Chicago, IL, Presanctified Liturgy, April 14th

St. Thomas Church, Holy Resurrection Monastery, April 15th to 18th

Holy Resurrection, Palatine, IL, April 21st, Presanctified Liturgy

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, April 23rd to 25th, Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday

  • Ordination of Deacon John Thetford to the Priesthood on Lazarus Saturday

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, April 26th to May 3rd, Holy Week and Pascha

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, May 5th, Bright Wednesday Liturgy

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Overland Park, KS, May 7th to 9th

Annual Clergy Convocation, Via Zoom, Wednesday, May 12th,

Holy Myrrhbearers Chapel, St. Cloud, MINN, May 14th to 17th

Please keep in your prayers… Metropolitan Herman, Fr. Moses Berry, Fr. John and Margaret Zabinko, Fr. Josef Von Klarr, Fr. Peter Pawlack, Matushka Virginia Lecko, Fr. Gregory Grivna, Deacon Paul Gansle, Protodeacon Edwin Aasen & Matushka Doreen, Matushka Snezana Ruzic, Helen Lis (mother of Fr. David Lis), Theodore Geletka, Rob Koncel, and Melinda

If there are people who are known throughout the diocese that are in need of prayer, please inform +Paul.

At the Diocesan Assembly in October of this year, our Diocesan Treasurer, Rob Koncel announced that the option was now available to parishes to have their monthly proportional giving checks transacted through automatic deposit. Please contact Rob at to pursue this option.

Some parishes are still forwarding their monthly proportional giving checks to the old address on 927 La Salle Dr., please forward them to the current address of the Chancery at 5037 W 83rd St. Burbank, IL, 60459. Thank you.

Mark your calendars

Annual Clergy Convocation via Zoom, Wednesday May 12th

Our retreat speaker will be Father Silviu Bunta, Ph.D., who serves under Archbishop Alexander in the Bulgarian Diocese. Father Silviu is Associate Professor at University of Dayton and Visiting Associate Professor of Old Testament at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. The schedule will be as follows (all times Central):

9:30 – 11:15 Session I:

Of what Tradition do we speak? A brief look at a new, evangelical Orthodoxy

Several saints of the last few decades have decried a new “spirit” in the Orthodox ethos. This presentation wants to trace and track this spirit, and hold it in comparison (and contrast) to the “mind of Christ” by which the Fathers of the Church defined Tradition.

11:15 – 12:15 Lunch


Session II: Ethics or immorality? A false dilemma

One of the attitudes of the new Orthodoxy addressed in the first presentation is the sense that what our Tradition sets counter to immorality is ethics. Yet, is this what the Scriptures and the Philokalia speak of when they refer to “the good”?

(There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion after each presentation.)

1:45 – 2:15 Break

2:15 – 3:45 Council of Presbyters

There is no fee for the Convocation, this year, but we ask that all who wish to attend register via the Diocese of the Midwest Reporting website. This will have to be done by the Rector or other registered user for each parish, so please coordinate with him or her. Please take care of this as soon as possible. Philip Sokolov will send the Zoom link for the meeting by email shortly beforehand. Please contact Philip at with any questions.

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

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