Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/ 60 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 2014 ORPR Summer Camp Opens http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140705_1.html Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140705_1.html 2014 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Music Symposium http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140702_1.html Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="font-family: Palatino;"><span style="font-size: large;">Over the past three decades, many conferences have focused on the varied body of literature of Orthodox liturgical music. &nbsp;Of these, only a small handful have brought attention to the work of living composers who are actively writing for the Church. &nbsp;This was the initial vision behind the 2014 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Music Symposium, a choral music conference which took place in the Greater Cincinnati region June 12-15, 2014. &nbsp;The Symposium, which was sponsored by Northern Kentucky University and the Farrah Foundation, began by asking the question: &nbsp;&ldquo;How can we cultivate a living Orthodox music tradition in the English-speaking world?&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;It was clear from the proceedings that a possible answer might be found in the work of contemporary composers who write organically from the English language. There were many composers in the sizable group of 70 participants who traveled from 22 states and two provinces to weigh in on this important question. &nbsp;Many Orthodox jurisdictions were represented with some of their most active church musicians in attendance.<br /><br />The Symposium was organized by Dr. Kurt Sander, chair of the department of music at NKU; Larissa Kaminsky Sander; and Dcn. Alexander Petrovsky, all members of the Liturgical Music Committee of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America. Participants came from a variety of Orthodox jurisdictions, and included some of the most active musicians working in the Church today. &nbsp;The keynote presenter was the renowned archpriest and composer Fr. Sergei Glagolev who spoke passionately about the role of music as a form of prayer. &nbsp;He relayed stories and experiences from his work a priest, composer, and professor&mdash;an inspiring career that has spanned six decades! &nbsp;Fr. Sergei stressed that if we are ever going to cultivate a living creative tradition in our churches, we must begin by regaining a culture of singing. He urged the listeners not to rely on electronic gadgetry to define our musical world, but to seek out the beauty of sacred music and understand its ability to speak to those who are searching for truth. &nbsp;Adapting the biblical account of Phillip calling to Nathaniel, Fr. Sergei reminded the attendees that some will &ldquo;come and see,&rdquo; but others will &ldquo;come and hear&rdquo; as well. &nbsp;For this reason, we must always remember the missionary role that music plays in the church.&nbsp;<br /><br />Other speakers included Dr. Vladimir Morosan, founder and president of Musica Russica, who presented a fascinating presentation on how&nbsp;<em>znamenny</em>&nbsp;chant formulas can be applied to the syllabic characteristics of the English language to create a whole new body of chant melodies. &nbsp;The presenter list also included Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky, a faculty member at Westminster Choir College at Rider University, whose insightful inquiry explored the many cultural, theoretical, and historical signposts that formulate an Orthodox compositional identity; Richard Barrett, founder of the St. John Damascus Society who presented a talk on the marriage of English language with Byzantine chant models; and David Lucs who focused his talk on ways to develop a choral tradition among our youth.<br /><br />Among the many registrants and singers were Protopsaltis John Michael Boyer, a Boston-based chanter from the Byzantine tradition; Christopher Holwey, chair of the Department of Sacred Music of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese; and Vicki Pappas, former National President of the Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />One of the high points of the Symposium was unquestionably the Friday evening concert by the East/West Festival Choir, conducted by Dr. Peter Jermihov, current faculty member at Triton College and music director at St. Andrew&rsquo;s Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago (GOA). &nbsp;Jermihov&rsquo;s artistry was evident to all as he skillfully led the 30-voice choir through a stunning array of newly-composed works for the Orthodox church. &nbsp;The choir, comprised of professionals and invited choral musicians from all across North America, sang a program that included the music of Fr. Sergei Glagolev, Tikey Zes, Fr. Ivan Moody, Arvo Part, Richard Toensing, Kurt Sander, Mark Hrebinka, Nazo Zakkak, Roman Hurko, Eugenia Temidis, John Revezoulis, William Kraftician, and Karen Summers. &nbsp;Many of these composers were in attendance and had the opportunity to speak to the audience prior to the performance of their works. &nbsp;<br /><br />The university-sponsored portion of the Symposium culminated Saturday afternoon in a round-table discussion moderated by Larissa Kaminsky Sander. &nbsp;Long-time church music advocates Alice Hughes and Anne Schoepp joined Fr. Sergei and the other speakers in a robust discussion ranging from music education to intellectual property issues. &nbsp;While many topics were discussed, one point found a resonant consensus among the audience: if we are going to enrich the musical tradition of our church, we must look beyond volunteerism as a&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: 'Goudy Old Style';">permanent</span><span style="font-family: Palatino;">solution. &nbsp;Each parish must support its musicians, both spiritually&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;financially so that our talented faithful can look to the church as a place to invest their careers and creative talents.</span></span><span style="font-family: Palatino;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br />The Symposium culminated in true Orthodox fashion with an All-Night Vigil and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. George Russian Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, celebrated by His Grace, Bishop Peter of Cleveland. &nbsp;Peter Jermihov, Irene Riazanova, and Fr Alexander Petrovsky conducted the services of recently-composed music in English. &nbsp;&nbsp;The singing was heavenly and showed what gifted conductors can do, even with just two days of rehearsal. &nbsp;One local Russian-speaking parishioner remarked after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy that he could understand every word, even though everything was sung in English.<br /><br />Visiting clergy included Archpriest Sergei Glagolev of Our Lady of Kazan in Sea Cliff, NY (OCA) , Hieromonk Alexander (Frizzell) of Holy Cross Monastery (ROCOR), Fr. Stephen Frase of St Gregory in Columbus, OH (OCA), Protodeacon Vadim Gan of Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago (ROCOR), and Dcn. Patrick Mitchell of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington DC (ROCOR), and Dcn. Gregory Ealy of St Mary Orthodox Cathedral (OCA).<br /><br />After the liturgy, the Symposium concluded with a festive banquet in the hall of St. George. &nbsp;A special thanks was given to Fr. Daniel Marshall, the parish rector, and to the St. George Sisterhood who hosted the Saturday and Sunday dinners. &nbsp;The participants left with great memories and a revitalized commitment to seek out new opportunities to enrich the musical life of the Church. &nbsp;In the words of one participant, &ldquo;I can't express what a blessing it was to be with everyone, and sing amazing music with amazing people.&rdquo; &nbsp;<br /><br /><br />Photos by Darina Petrovsky and Jacqueline Astahoff</span></span></p> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140702_1.html Pastoral School Graduation http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140620_1.html Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div>On Saturday, June 1/14, 2014 the Pastoral School held its annual graduation just before the Vigil at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, IL. Earlier in the day this year&rsquo;s four graduates had participated in comprehensive oral examinations and the defense of their theses. One of the graduates completed his diploma with honors, another with excellent marks, and the other two participated in the ceremony provisionally. Based on their examinations and theses these two students have additional work to complete before their theses and exam marks meet the high standard the Pastoral School expects of its graduates. Only after this work is complete to the standard of the school will students receive their diplomas.</div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div>This year&rsquo;s graduates were the following (title of thesis in parentheses):</div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div>Deacon George Temidis (&ldquo;Normal Parish Bylaws&rdquo;)</div> <div>Reader Nicholas DeGraaff (&ldquo;Orthodoxy and Ecumenism&rdquo;)</div> <div>Reader Atanas Dimitrov Megerov (&ldquo;The Immutable Theology of the Orthodox Liturgy in the Mutable World&rdquo;)</div> <div>Reader Andrei Mouravieff (&ldquo;An Analysis of Calendar Reform in the Orthodox Church and the 1923 Pan-Orthodox Congress&rdquo;)</div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div>To be eligible for graduation students must successfully complete a practicum, write and defend their thesis, and participate in comprehensive oral examinations before a committee comprised of Pastoral School faculty after having successfully completed a rigorous program of 60 credits towards the diploma in Pastoral Theology or an equally rigorous 42 credit program for the diploma in Orthodox Studies. This fall the Orthodox Studies major will offer a Catechist preparation program modeled on the program outlined by the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church held in 2013. Application for all Pastoral School programs begins July 1 and closes September 1. More information can be found on the Pastoral School home page:</div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div>http://orthodoxtheologicalschool.org/</div> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div>The Pastoral School welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, both male and female. A discount for wives of Pastoral Theology majors is available for those wishing to enroll in the Orthodox Studies program. Recent graduates of the Pastoral Theology program have been accepted at Moscow Theological Academy, St. Petersburg Theological Academy, and various other graduate theological programs throughout the world.</div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140620_1.html