New Happenings @ PTVM:


Check the calendar for upcoming Holy Week/Pascha Services.

 Google Calendar for PTVM <-click here

Questions about the PTVM parish? <-click here

We will be cleaning up the cemetery on May 7th at 9 am at the PTVM cemetery located next to Ridgelawn Cemetery off Ridge Road in Gary.

The 4th Annual Rummage Sale will be May 13th & 14th 8am-2pm here at The Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church.

-We will be featuring all the clothing you can fit in our shopping bag for $5.00 and/or all the items you can fit into a box for $10.00!!! 

Check the calendar for upcoming APRIL Lenten Services.

 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