Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/ 60 Palm Sunday at the Diocesan Cathedral - photoreport http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160426_1.html Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2016/Palm-Sunday-HVPC/IMGP2521.jpg&archive=0&final_h=100&final_w=213&percent=100"></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160426_1.html Houghton Church Receives 12 New Orthodox Christians on Lazarus Saturday http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160427_1.html Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2016/houghton-baptisms/houghton-baptism1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=125&final_w=167&percent=100"></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160427_1.html Great Lenten Clergy Retreat of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160401_1.html Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2016/Clergy-Great-Lenten-Retreat-2016/IMGP1672.jpg&archive=0&final_h=200&final_w=268&percent=100"></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160401_1.html Kursk-Root Icon to Visit Chicago and Mid-America Diocese http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160305_1.html Sat, 05 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/326.jpg&archive=0&final_h=150&final_w=142&percent=100"><p>With the blessing of His Grace, Metropolitan Hilaron, the Kursk-Root Wonder-working icon of the Mother of God of the Sign (Znamenie) will be visiting the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America.</p></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160305_1.html Metropolitan Jonah Visits St. Vladimir Church http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160304_2.html Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2016/AA/Met-Jonah-Visit/12804789_10156525128435265_2698299531644115111_n.jpg&archive=0&final_h=150&final_w=232&percent=100"><p>Ann Arbor, MI &ndash; On February 27 &amp; February 28, 2016 His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah, led the Divine Services at St. Vladimir Church here.</p></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160304_2.html Diocesan Fundraiser Raffle Winner Announced http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160223_1.html Mon, 15 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/untitled1.png&archive=0&final_h=150&final_w=116&percent=100"><p>Monday February 15th on the feast of the Meeting of Our Lord following the Divine Liturgy, a winner was selected for the raffle benefitting the building fund of the School and Diocesan Center.</p></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160223_1.html St. Herman Conference 2015 http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160125_1.html Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2015/st-herman-siezd-/petrovsky-bp-moleben-sander.jpg&archive=0&final_h=200&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>The Youth Committee of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America recently held its annual St. Herman Youth conference near Dallas, Texas in cooperation with the local St. Nicholas parish. Begun with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Peter, this annual event fosters friendships among Orthodox youth and provides them much-needed spiritual nourishment.</p></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_160125_1.html Statement on Recent Terrorist Acts http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_151120_1.html Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/paris-attacks_0.jpg&archive=0&final_h=200&final_w=296&percent=100"><p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;">Office of the Chancery</span></p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> Diocese of Chicago &amp; Mid-America, ROCOR</span> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">Statement on Recent Terrorist Acts</span></strong></span></p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;"> 7/20 November, 2015 </span></p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Venerable Lazarus of Mt. Galesion</span> </span></p> <p><span style="color: #800000; font-family: georgia,palatino;"><em>For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7)</em> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">In recent weeks there have been a spate of terrorist acts throughout the world: in the Sinai, in Beirut, in Paris, and elsewhere. Such barbarity causes us to pause, to think, and to assess the state of the world in which we live. Such a reaction is natural, and such reflection can be spiritually helpful. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">Before we consider ourselves, however, we must first state unequivocally that it is the duty of a Christian to pray for those who have died &ndash; especially those who have died in such tragic consequences. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #800000; font-family: georgia,palatino;"><em>Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)</em> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">Bishop Peter blesses the following text to be used by the faithful of the diocese in their private prayers:</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;"><strong> Give rest O Lord to the souls of the victims of terrorism, grant comfort to the grieving families, touch the hearts of the evildoers and turn them to good. Lord have mercy.</strong> </span></em></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">War is a condition of the fallen state of mankind. In such circumstances the Church may have no choice but to support the lesser of two evils in order to protect the innocent. Terrorists call their murderous acts war &ndash; but it is nothing of the sort. Their evil actions do nothing but destabilize society and make it that much more difficult for the faithful to work out their salvation. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">All this being said, let us not seek personal revenge. Rather, let us pray for our civil authorities and put our trust in the Lord. If revenge is necessary, the Lord will take care for that: </span></p> <p><span style="color: #800000;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:19) </span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">Let us turn to God, strive to trust God more, strive to love God more, and to place our lives into His hands. The Lord cares for our salvation even more than we do and loves us more than we love ourselves, and He gives us what is best to lead us to salvation. In times of crisis as in times in peace let us hope in the Lord. If we do so we will never be disappointed, but will always live in peace, even amongst brutality such as we have recently seen throughout the world. We call upon our flock to provide an example of a Christian life as taught to us by our Lord. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #800000;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)</span></em></span></p></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_151120_1.html Diocesan Council Meeting Dates for 2016-2018 Set http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_151020_2.html Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Calendar2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=100&final_w=100&percent=100"><p>With the blessing of Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago &amp; Mid-America, the Diocesan Council will tentatively meet on the dates listed below. If these dates need to be amended, an announcement will be made on the diocesan web site. Those with issues that they wish to bring to the Diocesan Council's attention are asked to contact Priest Gregory Joyce, Secretary of the Diocesan Council at <a href="mailto:dcma.rocor@gmail.com">dcma.rocor@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">January 15, 2016</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">May 12, 2016</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">July 14, 2016</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">November 17, 2016</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">January 12, 2017</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">May 18, 2017</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">July 13, 2017</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">November 16, 2017</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">January 11, 2018</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">May 10, 2018</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">July 12, 2018</p> <p style="line-height: 110%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">November 8, 2018</p></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_151020_2.html Statement from the Diocesan Chancery on the Contemporary Question of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_150626_1.html Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/supreme-court-building-in-black-and-white-val-black-russian-tourchin.jpg&archive=0&final_h=100&final_w=150&percent=100"><p>Statement from the Diocesan Chancery on the Contemporary Question of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese March 16/29, 2013 Martyrs Sabinus and Papas Updated November 8/21, 2014 Archangel Michael and All the Bodiless Powers Updated June 13/26, 2015 Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right in the United States of America. Given the ubiquitous coverage the news media is providing on this issue it is important that our clergymen and parishioners fully understand the position of the Church in this regard. Living in a free society as we do, we should first be thankful that we have the opportunity to practice our Orthodox Faith without inordinate interference from the government. In recent history this was not the case in Russia, and is still not the case in many countries throughout the world. In a free society all views can be shared in the public arena &ndash; both views we agree with as Orthodox Christians and those we disagree with. We call upon our flock to be guided first and foremost by the Holy Tradition of the Church in discerning whether any contemporary question is something that is compatible to the Orthodox faith. If an Orthodox Christian chooses to engage in public political discourse this should be done with moderation and with a firm intention and watchfulness not to fall into extremism. Extremism is not conducive to softening hearts or bringing others to the faith. Laymen who choose to engage in political speech should not state that they speak on behalf of the Church. Strictly speaking such an authoritative statement can be made only by a bishop or with a bishop&rsquo;s specific blessing. It should also be made clear that living a homosexual or any other sinful lifestyle is not compatible with Christianity and this has always been the teaching of the Church. That being stated, it is also crucial to state that the Church is a Spiritual Hospital and all those wishing to receive the healing freely offered by God through their repentance and God&rsquo;s Grace are fully welcome. This includes those who have participated in immoral or unnatural acts of any kind as well as those who are tempted by such sins. The Church is empathetic to those who suffer in such a way and offers them support, healing, and Christian love. Those actively engaging in any immoral or unnatural pursuits cannot live a full sacramental life within the Church. However, this does not mean that we seek to drive away or ostracize those who have transgressed in such a way. Rather, we must make all efforts to draw those in such an unfortunate situation back to chastity and the opportunity to again partake in the Life-Giving Mysteries of the Church and to engage the struggle for their salvation within the parish community. Today's Supreme Court ruling makes homosexual marriage legal in the United States. It should be made clear that under no circumstances will the Church recognize homosexual marriage, accord it the status of traditional marriage, or bless such unions. However, this is not to state that those who have entered into such a union have stepped beyond a line from which they cannot return. The Church has always strongly condemned heresies (such as Novatianism, Montanism, and Donatism) which deny the possibility of repentance for those having committed certain sins. It is crucial that our clergymen not shy away from the position of the Church as regards the sinfulness of homosexuality and other unnatural expressions of the God-given gift of human sexuality &ndash; but it is also crucial that such statements be made with love and with a corresponding invitation to repentance and reconciliation with the Church. We call upon all to pray for our land &ndash; that the Lord will forgive us our collective societal sins as well as our personal sins and provide us a safe haven which allows us to work out our salvation in peace.</p></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_150626_1.html