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Metropolitan Tikhon expresses gratitude after 2018 Diocesan Clergy Convocation

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — At the invitation of His Grace, Bishop Paul, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was the keynote speaker at the annual Diocesan Clergy Convocation during the second week of May 2018.

Metropolitan Tikhon especially highlighted the centrality of evangelization in the life and ministry of the Church.

After the Convocation, Metropolitan Tikhon sent a note of gratitude to Bishop Paul and the clergy of the diocese.

“It was an honor to be again in the Diocese of the Midwest, and my home parish of Saints Peter and Paul with Your Grace and the brotherhood of the diocese,” Metropolitan Tikhon wrote.  “It was a spiritual joy to worship with you at the Divine Liturgy and the other services, especially in the presence of the Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God.  Please accept my sincere gratitude for Your Grace’s invitation and for the hospitality received during my visit.

“The opportunity to speak to you and share the outlines of the ‘Four Pillars for the Fulfillment of the Apostolic Work of the Church’ was one that I greatly appreciated, and I am grateful for the feedback which you provided during the sessions, over meals, and privately,” Metropolitan Tikhon continued.  “The opportunity to speak directly with you, the shepherds in the field, is of great importance to our work as the Orthodox Church in America.  As you reflect on the convocation, should you have further comment I am very happy to receive them, and I invite you to send them to me through Archdeacon Joseph at

“Finally, please accept my gratitude for the great work you are doing to expand the mission of the Orthodox Church in America in the Diocese of the Midwest,” Metropolitan Tikhon concluded.  “We cannot, and should not, shy away from the fact that we have many challenges facing us today.  But I left the convocation last week heartened by the talent and the good works being done in the Diocese of the Midwest.  May God continue to bless, strengthen and preserve each of you and your families as you continue in your ministry to Christ and His Church.”

Metropolitan Tikhon’s letter is also available in PDF format.

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Upcoming Feasts of the Church

Polyeleos-rank Jun 23 - Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God
Great Feast Jun 24 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John
Polyeleos-rank Jun 26 - Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jun 28 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Fathers Sergius and Herman, Wonder-workers of Valaam
Great Feast Jun 29 - The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul
Polyeleos-rank Jul 2 - The Holy Hierarch John Maximovich, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco;
Polyeleos-rank Jul 3 - The Holy Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow
Polyeleos-rank Jul 5 - Our Venerable Father Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh
Polyeleos-rank Jul 6 - Our Venerable Father Athanasius of Mount Athos
Vigil-rank Jul 8 - The Sitka (Kazan) Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 10 - The Deposition of the Robe of our Savior; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Father Anthony of the Kiev Caves
Polyeleos-rank Jul 11 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Blessed Princess Olga
Polyeleos-rank Jul 12 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands
Polyeleos-rank Jul 14 - Our Venerable Father Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain
Vigil-rank Jul 15 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir
Polyeleos-rank Jul 17 - New Royal Passion-bearers Tsar Nicholas and his family
Vigil-rank Jul 19 - Our Venerable Father Seraphim, Wonder-worker of Sarov
Vigil-rank Jul 20 - Holy and Glorious Prophet Elijah
Polyeleos-rank Jul 23 - Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 24 - Right-believing Russian Princes Boris and Gleb
Polyeleos-rank Jul 26 - The Righteous Priest Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of the Native Peoples of Alaska
Polyeleos-rank Jul 28 - Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 30 - The Holy Martyr John the Warrior


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