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This Week in the Life of your Bishop, August 19th to August 26th

Bishop Paul’s Travel Schedule: August 19th to September 23nd

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

FOCA Convention, Columbus, OH, August 30th to September 2nd

  • Presentation of St. John of Chicago Cross to Fr. Daniel Rentel

Holy Assumption, Marblehead, OH, September 6th to 8th

St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, September 11th to 12th

  • Student Visit and Episcopal meeting with SVS staff

Christ the Savior Church, Chicago, IL, September 13th to 15th

  • Feast of the Exaltation

St. Nicholas Church Joliet, IL, September 21st to 22nd

Please keep in your prayers… Archbishop Nikon, Fr. Joseph Gibson, Fr. Moses Berry, 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), 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

It was with sadness and joy to inform you that Fr. John Matusiak fell asleep in the Lord Thursday evening on the Feast of the Dormition. An extensive obituary can be read on the Diocesan Web Page or the OCA Web page. May his memory be eternal! Please keep Matushka Barbara, Archdeacon Joseph, Julianna and their families in your prayers.

Services are as follows:
Monday August 19th, Panikhida and viewing at 3 pm, visitation to continue until 7 pm. Funeral Service for a Priest at 7 PM.

  • His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon and Bishop Paul to preside with clergy

Tuesday August 20th, Divine Liturgy w/ Entrance prayers at 9:30 am/Liturgy @10am

  • Metropolitan Tikhon and Bishop Paul to concelebrate with diocesan clergy
  • Burial to follow at Wheaton Cemetery followed by Mercy meal.
  • Clergy to wear white vestments at all services

All services & mercy meal will be at St. Joseph Orthodox Church, Wheaton, IL

In lieu of flowers, a monetary gift to Matushka Barbara Matusiak would be appreciated.  Send to 570 Crescent Blvd #506, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-8307

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 and 8th, 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

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. Paul Wesche from St. Herman Church in Minneapolis to put the event on the diocesan web page. Gather what photos you have and send those to Fr. Paul along with some bullet points of facts concerning the event. That way he can do a brief write up of the event. Fr. Paul can be reached at:


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