Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/ 60 Groundbreaking for new church building in St Louis http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140807_1.html Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>The scorching mid-afternoon August heat wasn&rsquo;t enough to deter the faithful from attending the official groundbreaking on Sunday, August 3, for the new church home of St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church in St. Louis.</p> <p>Inspired by traditional Russian architecture, the 4,200 sq.ft. building will be the first Slavic-style Orthodox Church to be built in the St. Louis area in more than 100 years.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bishop Peter made a special trip from Chicago, arriving at 2 pm to serve a moleben for the Beginning of a Good Work with six priests from local Orthodox parishes along with more than sixty people that included parishioners, friends and well wishers. Church parishioners provided refreshments to ensure everyone kept cool in the 90-degree heat.</p> <p>In his opening remarks, Bishop Peter encouraged everyone to be prepared for obstacles along the way but to rely on prayer to overcome these because, ultimately, the Church is God&rsquo;s work and we are but his instruments.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the conclusion of the service, Bishop Peter turned over the first shovel full of dirt, followed by priests and those attending in a symbolic gesture of laying the foundation of the new church.</p> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140807_1.html Closing Day at ORPR Camp - Photoreport http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140803_1.html Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140803_1.html Pilgrimage to Holy Land http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140802_1.html Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><span>The trip to Holy Land was a true blessing for me! There are no words that can describe how I felt when I walked the grounds that God Himself once marked with His footsteps! I was very privileged to be able to visit numerous holy locations and venerate wonder-working icons and relics of Saints. I was also blessed to approach the The Holy Sepulture and the tomb of the Virgin Mary many times throughout my trip, with the culmination of participating in an All-Night vigil next to the Tomb of our Lord!</span></div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span>One of the highlights of this pilgrimage was meeting the Patriarch of Constantinople &ndash; it was an honor to have a conversation with him and to experience his hospitality.</span></div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span>What was especially remarkable about this trip was the connection that was instantly present amongst our group of pilgrims who came rom different parts of the world including Austria, Italy, Russia, and of course, the US. &nbsp;For a couple of days we also had a visiting monk from Mount Athos who brought us joy with his presence.</span></div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span>Some of the fun activities that we experienced were swimming in the Sea of Galilee and The Dead Sea, as well as enjoying the delicious &ldquo;St. Peter Fish&rdquo; caught in the waters of the Sea of Galilee!</span></div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span>Overall, the trip to Jerusalem was amazing! Wherever Bishop Peter took us, we experienced genuine kindness, love and hospitality. Bishop Peter is a truly remarkable person whose love for holy Land could be easily sensed by all of us who had the honor to travel with him.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><span>-- A pilgrim</span></em></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140802_1.html Wausau Area Church has new Rector http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140730_1.html Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>ORTHODOX CHURCH GETS PERMANENT PRIEST</p> <p>It's been seven years since the first Orthodox mission was established in the greater Wausau area near Marathon City. It was ministered on an interim basis during those years by Father Vladimir Lecko of Minocqua, whose dream it was to someday see it become a church. That dream is now being realized but with a different leader.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kursk-Root Icon Orthodox Church has received a new and fulltime priest in the Reverend Father Edward Batchko. Following his ordination Father Edward chose the greater Wausau area for his first pastorate. Since arriving here in late June with his wife and four children and settling into to a Wausau residence, he has immersed himself in setting up weekly schedules of services including Vespers on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and Divine Liturgy every Sunday morning at 9:30, as well as feastdays. Father Edward seeks to reach out to all Orthodox Christians regardless of ethnic or national association for worship at the Kursk-Root Icon Church. All non-Orthodox who may be desirous of a more fulfilling worship and spiritual life are welcomed as well. (The Kursk-Root Icon is a miracle working icon dating back to the 13<sup>th</sup> century)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Orthodox Christian faith is the second largest among Christians numbering some 250 to 300 million adherents worldwide, yet remains somewhat of a mystery in the U.S. and Canada which have some 6 million members. The Orthodox Church traces its birth back to Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The church is located three miles west of Marathon City on highway 29, then north on county road S for 3.5 miles, turn right on east 21<sup>st</sup> St and the log cabin style church will be on the left. Directions can also be obtained on the church's website: www.orthodoxwisconsin.org. As Father Lecko and his wife Virginia fade into richly deserved full retirement they take with them deep affection and boundless appreciation from the congregation for their diligence of service in keeping the mission on its path to becoming what it now will become, a new church and parish.&nbsp;</p> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140730_1.html ORPR CAMP Parents' Weekend http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140728_1.html Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>On Sunday, July 27th, the ORPR Diocesan Camp invited parents to visit their children who have been attending the last 3 weeks of camp.&nbsp; The day began with Divine Liturgy celebrated by V. Rev. John Sykalyk with Rev. Tarasiy Maksimtsev, the spiritual advisor for the camp and Rev. Leonty Naidzions concelebrating.&nbsp; Unfortunately, due to events in the Holy Land, Bishop Peter who was leading a pilgrimmage was delayed for several days and was not able to attend.&nbsp; At the time of writing though, the entire group has safely returned.&nbsp; The rest of the day was spent watching raising of the flag, awards, a colorful presentation of songs and dance as well as&nbsp; enjoying the remainder of the afternoon with the children on the beautiful camp grounds.</p> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140728_1.html Photoreport Update from ORPR Camp http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140719_1.html Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140719_1.html