New Happenings @ PTVM:

Piety Saturday Retreat October 24, 2015 (Free!)

Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church will be having a Piety Retreat on October 24th from 10am-5pm. (Free child care for children under 12 provided!


  • North American Saints
  • Christians in the Middle East
  • Biblical Cuisine
  • The Goal & Purpose of Fasting
  • Simplicity of Biblical Communication… and more!

Lunch will be provided.  If you would like to attend, please see

Gabe Bodnar or Fr. John as we need a count for lunch!

Take advantage of this continuing education in the Orthodox Faith.  Our Faith is a treasure trove of spirituality!

Calendar is UPDATED! 

We are updating the calendar frequently! Google Calendar for PTVM <-click here

Questions about the PTVM parish? <-click here

Welcome Father John Russin!

We welcome with open arms Father John, Matushka Catherine, and their children Stephan, Aleksy, Sarah, Madison Elizabeth and Mason Alexander! Father John is now our full-time parish priest at Protection of the Virgin Mary, Merrillville, IN. Father John and his family come to us from Northwest Ohio. Father John has served as priest at parishes in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well. Father John received his Master of Divinity degree at St. Tikhon Seminary in 1996 and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1997. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science from Alderson-Broaddus College and is a licensed State Tested Nurse Aide. Prior to being ordained, Father John served as choir director at parishes in Ohio, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, as well as serving as director of the Mission Choir at St. Tikhon while at seminary. Father John has also been active in various deanery and diocesan assignments, including work with Christian education. We are blessed to welcome Father John, Matushka Catherine and their family into our family!

Glory to Jesus Christ!

If you need to contact Fr. John, his number is 419-308-1628 and his email address is