2007 Diocesan Altarboy Retreat Part 2
The 50th annual Altarboys Retreat took place at Christ the Saviour Seminary and Cathedral in Johnstown, PA from June 24-27, 2007. This year there were participants from parishes as far away as Connecticut and West Virgina. The retreat participants were given an opportunity to learn more about the priestly ministry of St. John Chrysostom, the great golden-mouthed preacher and 4th Century Patriarch of Constantinople. The posted photos show scenes from the well-balanced program of prayer, instruction and fellowship. This year's retreat master was the Very Rev. David Cochran, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Bridgeport, CT. He was assisted by The Very Protopresbyter John Fedornock, the Very Rev Fathers Peter Paproski, Michael Zak and Miles Zdinak, the Rev. Fathers Fr. Andrew Bartek, Prefect of Discipline at Christ the Saviour Seminary, Michael Chendorain, Andrew Fetchina, Stephen Loposky and Matthew Moriak.
Fr. Michael Zak gave an excellent presentation on the life of St. John Chrysostom after Supper.
Following Plain Chant Class, Alex Breno, Chris Mihaly and Bruce Barger audition for reading the Epistle at Tuesday's Liturgy
Before supper, the group participating in the Altarboy Decathalon. The first event was the "javelin throw" using a drinking straw.
A group of young men from Holy Ghost Orthodox Church in Phoenixville, PA enjoyed the pool in Windber as well.
A highlight of Monday's activities was a trip to Sts Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA. Nate Choma of Warren Ohio is pictured enjoying the waterslide at the nearby Windber Town Pool.
Very Rev. Protopresbyter John Fedornock was the celebrant of the Confession Service. Offering a few remarks after the service, he encouraged the Altarservers to approach Holy Confession frequently.
Fr. Michael Chendorain spoke to the young men on Monday morning regarding St. John Chrysostom's ability to tune out the noise of the world, and to speak the truth.
Dylan Figiel listens intently to Fr. Michael's presentation.
A popular spot at the pool was the "bullet slide"
The young men from the New Jersey Deanery also enjoyed the pool.
The paper plate discus throw was another popular decathalon event.