The first full day of the XXII Diocesan Sobor began with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown. A highlight of the Divine Liturgy was the Ordination to the Diaconate of Sub-deacon William George.
Following brunch in the Educational Center, His Grace, Bishop Gregory officially convened the first convention session.
Photos Courtesy of Nicholas Bocher and Susan Kalcik
Sub-deacon William washes the hands of Bishop Gregory
Watching and praying.....
His Grace, Bishop Gregory, presided over Divine Liturgy with the members of the Diocesan Consistory.
Protopresbyter David Cochran and the clergy cantors who led the Plain Chant responses to Divine Liturgy
The Clergy in attendance.
Fr. Michael Chendorain proclaims the Gospel
Subdeacon William George prepares for his ordination to the Diaconate.
Deacon William addresses the faithful prior to his ordination.
"Subdeacon William, the time has come for your ordination to the Diaconate."
Deacon William offers his first Litany as a Deacon.
"The Fullness of the Faith of the Holy Spirit..."
Preparing the Holy Gifts.
Bishop Gregory offers a few words at the end of the Liturgy
His Grace Bishop Gregory expresses his joy at the beauty of the Sobor Liturgy, sung angelically by all in attendance.
Very Rev. Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro welcomed the delegates to Christ the Saviour Cathedral
His Grace, Bishop Gregory with Deacon William and Diakonissa Amy
Newly Ordained Deacon William George and His Family
Enjoying the plentiful buffet.
The faithful kitchen staff.
Father John and Pani Marge Fedornock
The faithful enjoyed a delicious brunch following Liturgy.
Display of vestments from former Diocesan Hierarchs.
Bishop Gregory offers the opening prayer for the first Sobor session.
A video message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was shown.
Fr. Lawrence Barriger read the greetings of Archbishop Demetrios of America
Amy Coffman, National Sr ACRY President offers greetings to the assembly.
Paul Zdinak offers greetings to the assembly on behalf of the National Jr. ACRY
The Cathedral auditorium was filled to capacity with the Diocesan Delegates and Clergy.
His Grace offers his State of the Diocese Report.
Protopresbyter Ronald Hazuda delivers the Treasurer's Report.
Fr Frederick Watson, Director of the Diocesan Stewardship Commission addressed the delegates.
Father Basil Aden, member of the Diocesan Stewardship Commission gave a presentation on Tithing.
Ms. Stephanie Betsa, member of the Diocesan Stewardship Commission gave a presentation on offering Time, Talents and Treasures.
Financial Secretary, Daniel Breno gave his report.
Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky gave a report on Camp Nazareth.
Protopresbyter Peter Paproski gave a report on the activities of the Diocesan Apostolate for Information Technology and Communications.
Mr. Kenneth Kidd gave a presentation on the works of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. (OCMC)
Protopresbyter Mark Leasure gave a report on the Church Messenger.
Dinner at the Cathedral Education Center
Bishop Gregory meets with the Diocesan Clergy and Pani's following dinner.