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Job (Osacky) of Chicago

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Archbishop Job was born Richard John Osacky in Chicago on [[March 18]], 1946. [[St._Peter_and_St._Paul_Orthodox_Church_(Burr_Ridge%2C_Illinois)|Saints Peter and Paul Church]], at 53rd Street and Western Avenue, is was his home parish. He completed university studies at Northern Illinois University and, after graduating from [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|Saint Tikhon Seminary (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)]] in 1970, he served as [[cantor]] and youth director at Saint John the Baptist Church in Black Lick, Pennsylvania. He assumed responsibilities in leading Divine Services in the prescribed manner for [[reader]]s, conducting religious education and youth work, and painting [[icon]]s. It was his extraordinary affinity with Orthodox youth that gained him the recognition of the Church at large.
In 1973 [[Reader]] John was [[ordination|ordained]] to the holy [[deacon|diaconate]] and consequently to the holy [[priest]]hood by (then) Bishop [[Theodosius (Lazor) of Washington|Theodosius of Pittsburgh]]. He was assigned to the parish in Black Lick, where he also served as spiritual director for the [[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] at nearby Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In his more than ten years in the See of Chicago, the Diocese of the Midwest experienced tremendous growth. This is witnessed in—but certainly not limited to—the establishment of numerous new mission parishes in the diocese.
In addition to his regular duties as the ruling hierarch of the vast Diocese of the Midwest—duties that took him from North Dakota to the western border of Pennsylvania—His Eminence continued to enjoy his long-standing and excellent reputation as an [[iconography|iconographer]] and an authority in the field. He was often called upon to offer lectures on this subject, and was always willing to assist and encourage other iconographers. Besides this, he arranged and wrote music for the Church, and in his final years, put together & directed the St. Alexis Male Choir, a group focused on singing Carpatho-Rusyn Sacred Chant (Cerkovnoje Prostopinije).
In recognition of his more than twenty years of “good and faithful" service as archpastor, at the March 2004 session of the Holy Synod, Bp. Job was elevated to the rank of archbishop.
==External link==
*[ Diocese of the Midwestnews_090821_1.html New Chicagoland Choir to Produce Paraklisis CD]

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