Thursday, July 02, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Tribune-Democrat] -
Sixty-seven altar boys from 13 states are in Johnstown this week for a retreat that mixes faith and fun.
The three-day event brings together altar boys, who range in age from 8 to 18, and leaders of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese for education, prayer and fellowship.
The retreat is being held at Christ the Saviour Cathedral on Garfield Street and this year focuses around the theme of “To Serve is to Love.”
“I want you to not be just an altar boy, but be the best altar boy and be ready to service the Lord,” Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese, said to the boys after celebrating Divine Liturgy with them on Tuesday.
“Take the theme of this retreat and put it in your heart and love the Lord.”
The retreat balances spiritual and fun activities and shows the boys that the priesthood is a viable and worthy vocation. Participants also have the opportunity to bond and learn how to be leaders. Bishop Gregory said the purpose of the retreat is to encourage the boys to pursue the priesthood.
“Our priests are getting older and retiring, and we will need new priests, and if they aren’t coming from this group then where?” he said. Read more...
Sunday, June 28, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- This evening more than 100 of our Diocesan youth arrived safely at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown for the Annual Diocesan Altarboy Retreat, and at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA for the Annual Young Women's Encounter. During the next three days, the altar boys and young women of our Diocese will have the opportunity in their own venue to spend time in prayer, learning, fellowship and service.
Taking inspiration from the Scriptural verse, "Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God." - 1 Peter 2:16, the theme of this year's altar boy retreat is “To Serve is to Love…” In addition to interactive discussions on the retreat theme, instruction in Plain Chant Singing, Read more...
Monday, June 15, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for June through August 2015, has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Helen Spanovich, celebrated choir director in the Greater Johnstown area for the past 75 years, retired with a testimonial banquet at Christ the Saviour Educational Center on Tuesday evening, May 26.
Cathedral parishioners as well as priests and faithful from many areas attended. The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Robert Buczak, Cathedral Dean, was toastmaster. Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro, Chancellor, welcomed everyone and offered a toast. Michael Fetsko, Cathedral Financial Secretary, made a presentation. Beautiful roses were sent by Attorney Nicholas Timko, choir director of St. Nicholas Church in New York City. Read more...
Friday, May 15, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Graduation ceremonies were held for the three members of the Class of 2015 on Thursday evening, May14th at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown, PA.
Joining the three graduates, Deacon David Urban, a parish vocation of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Homestead, PA, and Seminarians George Ellis and William Bennett, parish vocations of St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Binghamton, NY were the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Frank Miloro, Seminary Dean Read more...