News from the Diocese of Chicago and Detroit

On November 23, Thanksgiving Day, His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland performed Divine Liturgy during which he ordained Deacon Christopher Allan to the priesthood. Fr Christopher is the first student of the Diocesan Pastoral Theological Program to be ordained, and was appointed the second priest for the Church of St Innocent of Moscow in Wheaton, IL (near Chicago). Fr Christopher will also serve as a chaplain in the US military.

On November 26, the feast day of St John Chrysostom, Bishop Peter officiated at Divine Liturgy at St John Chrysostom Church in St Louis, MO, along with Protopriest Andrei Sommer, Priest Christopher Stade, the Parish Rector, and Priest Martin Swanson, along with Deacon Matthew Williams. At the end of Liturgy and the trapeza that followed, the clergymen met to discuss the organization of the celebration of the 1600 th anniversary of the repose of St John Chrysostom, which, by decision of the Synod of Bishops, will be held at this church in September 2007.