Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/ 60 Great-Lenten Young Adult Retreat at St. John’s Skete http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_150331_1.html Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: justify;">Youth gathered at St. John&rsquo;s Skete in Hiram, Ohio from Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22 for the annual Great-Lenten Retreat. Held with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Peter, the keynote speaker for the retreat was Hieromonk Nektarios, superior of the Skete. His talk, entitled &ldquo;A Life of Blessedness: The Joys of Monastic Life,&rdquo; recounted his personal spiritual journey from a Protestant missionary to far flung places in the Third World, to superior of a small monastic community near Cleveland, Ohio. He shared the joys of his current life, while noting ways in which laity can share similar experiences.</p> <p>Young adults took time from college study or young careers to seek spiritual nourishment during the great fast. The retreat also included several opportunities for discussions, as well as volunteer work at the Skete and a walk around the monastery grounds. The fathers gave everyone a tour of the monastery, including their Church goods store which has recently started a new website: www.stjohnskete.com. Fr. Daniel Marshall and Fr. Leontiy Naidzions, both members of the Diocesan Youth Committee, joined the retreat as well.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;It was a wonderful retreat, very spiritually reinforcing,&rdquo; noted one participant. &ldquo;I really liked all its parts: services, discussions, walk exploring the grounds, work activity. Services in a monastery are especially powerful. I learned a lot from our discussions&hellip; The story of Fr. Nektarius was very interesting and impressive. It was so great that the retreat was in monastery, it was very quiet and peaceful.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Diocesan Youth Committee is particularly grateful to Fr. Nektarios and the other members of the Skete for hosting the retreat. Andrea Lasichak deserves special thanks for driving down from Ann Arbor to prepare wonderful meals through the course of the entire retreat.</p> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_150331_1.html Triumph of Orthodoxy Service http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_150316_1.html Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div class="ecxgmail_default" style="text-align: center; color: #330099; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz34n3UlUSU" target="_blank"><span style="color: #008216;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz34n3UlUSU</span></span></a></div> <div class="ecxgmail_default" style="text-align: center; color: #330099; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;">&nbsp;</div> <div class="ecxgmail_default" style="text-align: center; color: #330099; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;">&nbsp;</div> <div class="ecxgmail_default" style="text-align: center; color: #330099; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q43IkrbMIlE" target="_blank"><span style="color: #008216;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q43IkrbMIlE</span></span></a></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_150316_1.html 2015 Lenten Clergy Conference http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_150309_1.html Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>We, the clergy of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, gathered in the cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, IL. Monday evening we celebrated the mystery of Holy Unction led by His Grace Bishop Peter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Tuesday, after serving the Moleben before every good work, we met in the parish hall of the cathedral for discussion about current events in the diocese. We welcomed Adrial Lanterman, a Orthodox social worker, and Dr. Ari Christifides, an Orthodox psychologist in the Chicago area, for a panel discussion on the ethics of confidentiality. Adrial explained the ethics under which she works including mandatory reporting with regard to abuse or imminent threat to self or others. Dr. Christifides operates on the same ethics of confidentiality. We discussed the importance of encouraging people to seek professional help from counselors or psychologists and ways to identify those professionals that would respect the Orthodox faith.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fr. Gregory spoke on HIPAA regulations in regard to medical professionals and how that relates to clergy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Subdeacon Nicholas Hantel, diocesan legal counsel, spoke on the differences in the legal concepts of &ldquo;confidentiality&rdquo; and &ldquo;privilege&rdquo;, also discussing the legal protection relating to the seal of confession.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There was further discussion around the formation of a diocesan media office and Internet-based media presence in order to inform the faithful from the Church perspective.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reports were delivered by the diocesan youth committee, music committee, pastoral school, audit committee, ORPR camp, spiritual court, and St. John Kochurov Society. The St. John Kochurov Society is seeking regular income to support youth, monasteries, and missions. All clergy and laity are encouraged to join.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>An invitation to participate in the Great Consecration of Ss. Sergius and Herman of Valaam on the 23rd and 24th of September was extended by Hieromonk Alexander. At this time, Bishop Peter and Bishop John both plan to serve.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In preparation for Holy Communion, opportunity for confession of the clergy was given during vespers and matins. We concluded our gathering with the Hierarchal Presanctified Liturgy, presided by Bishop Peter on Wednesday morning.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As the Psalmist wrote, &ldquo;Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to dwell together in unity.&rdquo;</p> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_150309_1.html