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CHICAGO: June 29, 2010
Graduation Ceremonies of the Pastoral School are Held at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral

On Sunday, June 20, 2010, following Divine Liturgy, Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago, IL, hosted graduation ceremonies for the Pastoral School. This year produced three graduates: Deacon Kevin Kalish, Subdeacon Nicholas Ganson and Subdeacon Victor Klimenko.

The Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America has been in existence for six years and offers correspondence courses, most of which are in digital form. All the participants must spend one summer at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, at its Summer Music Program. Graduates receive a diploma in Pastoral Theology or Catechism. They write and defend their dissertations and complete oral examinations before a grading committee, which consists of His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, President; Protopriest Andrei Papkov, Vice President; Protopriest Martin Swanson, Rector; and Priest Gregory Joyce, teacher.

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