Diocesan News

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God is now visiting parishes and communities of the Diocese of Chicago and Detroit. The icon is drawing a great stream of worshipers everywhere it goes. During Cheesefare Week, the parishioners and worshipers of St Tikhon of Moscow Russian Orthodox Mission in Sandusky, OH, were honored by the visit of the Most-Blessed Virgin through Her miracle-working Icon. The Icon was brought by Priest Victor Boldewskul, who is the Acting Rector of the community. Fr Victor performed a moleben with an akathist before the Icon. There were not only members of St Tikhon's Mission in attendance but other Orthodox Christians and even non-Orthodox of the area, who came to venerate the Queen of Heaven and to pray before the Icon.

On the evening of March 8, Bishop Peter of Cleveland participated in a reception and spiritual discussion organized by Bishop Longin of Novo-Gracanica on the occasion of the visit of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro, who read a lecture entitled: "The True Meaning of Human Life." Local Orthodox Christians, gathering in great numbers, listened with great interest to His Eminence's words, and were given an opportunity to ask questions.

The Kursk-Root Icon will visit Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago (Des Plaines) before the Diocese's Clergy Retreat and Conference, which will be held during the second week of Great Lent, and then will continue to travel throughout the diocese.


His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohij speaks at a reception with parishioners of local Orthodox churches; next to him are Bishop Peter and Bishop Longin.

His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohij with several participants of the meeting.

Local Orthodox Christians had great interest in the words of His Eminence.

Archbishop Alypy of Chicago and Detroit, Bishop Peter of Cleveland and Priest Victor Boldewskul.

The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God makes its first visit to the Orthodox community in Sandusky, formed last April with the blessing of Bishop Peter.