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This Week in the Life of your Bishop, July 22nd to July 29th

Bishop Paul's Travel Schedule: July 22nd to August 25th

St. Peter the Aleut Church, Minot, ND, July 25th to 29th

Holy Trinity Church, Clayton, WI, August 2nd to 4th

Christ the Savior, Chicago, IL, August 5th to 6th, Transfiguration Feast

St. Paul Orthodox Church, Dayton, OH, August 8th to 11th

  • Tonsure of Daniel Holobeny as Reader
  • Ordination of David Abshear to the Diaconate

Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, August 14th to 15th

  • Annual Pilgrimage

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, August 16th to 17th

St. Mark Orthodox Church, Rochester, MI, August 22nd to 25th

Please keep in your prayers… Archbishop Nikon, Fr. Joseph Gibson, Fr. John Matusiak, Fr. Emilian Hutnyan, Fr. John Jones, Fr. Josef Von Klarr, Father Vladimir and Matushka Virginia Lecko, Deacon Paul Mitchell, Matushka Victoria Kopistiansky (knee cap surgery), Helen Lis (mother of Fr. David Lis), Thomas Hutnyan, and Theodore Geletka.

If there are people who are known throughout the diocese that are in need of prayer, please submit their names to Bishop Paul

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — A pastoral vacancy at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, Dayton, OH was announced recently by His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America.  The office of Parish Rector will be vacant as of September 1, 2019.

Priests of the Diocese of the Midwest interested in assignment to the parish are invited to address their interest to Bishop Paul at and Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor, at  Those not in the Diocese may also express their interest upon receiving a blessing from their Diocesan Bishop to do so.

The 6th Annual St. Macrina Conference will convene in Milwaukee, WI, on August 8th and 9th 2019. The theme of the conference is, "No Longer Do I Call You Servants... But Friends: Friendship in Diakonia and Catechesis." The keynote speaker is, Dr. Cristina Bucur, Ph.D., M.S.W. The conference is open for anyone to attend. Go to the following link for more information and registration info: /news_190606_1.html

Please mark down these dates on your calendars:

Diocesan Assembly: October 7th to 9th, at Archangel Michael, Broadview Hts, OH

50th Anniversary Deanery celebrations of our Autocephaly (All dates are Friday/Saturday)

  • Chicago Deanery: February 7 and 8, 2020
  • Michigan Deanery: April 24 and 25, 2020
  • Minneapolis Deanery: May 8 and 9, 2020
  • Cleveland Deanery: June 12 and 13, 2020
  • Indianapolis Deanery: October 9 and 10, 2020
  • Kansas City Deanery: November 6 and 7, 2020

More information will be forthcoming on the places the above will take place, the times and the speakers.

  • In addition, there will be a pilgrimage of the Midwest Diocese to Alaska August 19th to the 25th of 2020. Please go the following link to learn more: /news_190523_2.html
    Save $300 by registering early. The deadline for early registration has been extended to July 15th, 2019.

2020 Clergy Convocation, Carmelite Center, Darien, IL, May 4th to 6th

  • Fr. Alexis Trader will be the retreat speaker

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


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