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News from the Central States Deanery

On Saturday, 27 June 2020, the Central States Deanery met for one of their regular meetings via Zoom. This was the first meeting of the Deanery since the Convocation last fall.

The meeting was the first with Priest Joshua Genig (Rector of St. Innocent of Irkutsk Church in Redford, MI) as Acting Dean of the Central States Deanery. In attendance at the meeting were:

  • Archpriest Roman Star, Rector Emeritus of St. Innocent of Irkutsk Church in Redford, MI
  • Archpriest Timothy Barna, Rector of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Redford, MI
  • Archpriest Lawrence Bacik, Rector of St. Elias Church in Battle Creek, MI
  • Priest Christopher Rozdilski, Rector of St. Andrew Church in East Lansing, MI
  • Priest Seraphim Wing, Rector of St. Nicholas Church in Edinboro, PA
  • Priest Paul Davis, Rector of St. Nicholas Church in Brookside, AL
  • Priest James Anthony, Rector of St. John Chrysostom Church in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hierodeacon Seraphim (Balagtas) cleric of St. Innocent of Irkutsk Church
  • Deacon Michael Cook of St. John Chrysostom Church in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Reader Andrew Shauver cleric of St. Andrew Church in East Lansing, MI

The meeting opened with prayer and words of gratitude for the labors of retired Dean, Archpriest Roman Star. All of the clergy present were grateful for his tireless efforts and look forward to gathering in person for a celebration of his retirement.

The meeting continued with clergy sharing updates on their families during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. The clergy also spent significant time discussing the matter of the Chancellor’s Circular Letter and the Directives of the Holy Synod, particularly in light of their implementation at the parish level. Parish Rectors provided updates on their own efforts within their own contexts.

Prior to concluding with prayer, all of the parishes of the Central States Deanery acknowledged that they have been protected by God during this pandemic and, as we begin to slowly re-open, we renewed our commitment to prayer for each other, particularly through the words of the Moleben for Deathbearing Epidemic.

The Deanery plans to meet again via Zoom in September and, God-willing, in person shortly thereafter.

On Friday, 26 June 2020, parishioners of St. Innocent of Irkutsk parish in Redford, MI were blessed to hand-out 100 boxes of fresh produce to neighbors of the parish, which borders the city of Detroit by 1 block.

St. Innocent was invited to participate in this phenomenal event by Pastor Gwen of Sow a Seed Youth Organization, who partners with Tom Maceri & Son Produce.

Prior to the start, Fr. Joshua Genig, parish Rector, blessed the food to be distributed and those who would distribute it with prayer and the sprinkling of holy water. Also included in every box of food were an invitation to visit St. Innocent and an icon of one of the African saints, who have a very important place in the life of the parish.

St. Innocent continues to make a concerted effort to grow in union with God by putting Christ first in every aspect of their life together!

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