New Happenings @ PTVM:

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

16th Annual Golf Outing Saturday June 4th!

Where: Summertree Golf Club 2323 E 101st-Crown Point

Time: Registration  – 7am

            Tee Time – 7:45am

Entry Fee: $80

Entry fees includes: Green Fees, Golf Cart, Breakfast and Beverage on the Course, Giveaways, Prizes and our Scrumptious BANQUET FEAST!  (Featuring BBQ Lamb, Chicken, and More! *to be held at Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Center – 8600 Grand Blvd. -Merrillville, IN)

Contact: Lara Richards 219-942-5196 or Rich Svihra 219-663-0916

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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