2007 Diocesan Altarboy Retreat Part 3
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.
Altarboys in procession to the Cathedral
The participants and clergy staff of Altarboy Retreat 2007.
On Tuesday afternoon the altarboys had an enjoyable time at Delgrosso's Amusement and Water Park in Altoona, PA.
Reader William George washed the Metropolitan's hands prior to the Great Entrance.
Metropolitan Nicholas offered the Homily.
Fr. Stephen Loposky of St. Mary's Church in Corning. NY gave an inspiring presentation on St. John Chrysostom following breakfast.
Tuesday morning began with the celebration of Divine Liturgy. The altarboys are pictured at the entry gate to Christ the Saviour Seminary as they prepare to process to the Cathedral
His Eminence distributed the Antidoron to the children at the conclusion of the Liturgy.
Several talented young men volunteered to help lead the plain chant singing of the Divine Liturgy.
The day ended with a trip to Minor League baseball game between the Altoona, PA and Trenton, NJ teams.
Bruce Barger of St. John's Parish in Bridgeport, CT chanted the Epistle Reading.
Youth from Holy Resurrection Church in Potomac, MD enjoyed the Wild Mouse roller coaster ride.
Even the youngest amongst the group sang the plain chant responses with great joy.
A popular attraction at Delgrosso's was the water park which provided welcome relief from the 95 degree heat.