The annual Altarboys Retreat is much-awaited by our diocesan altarboys. Taking place at Christ the Saviour Seminary and Cathedral in Johnstown, PA, the retreat participants are given an opportunity to learn more about the priestly vocation and seminary. Many such retreats have taken place through the years in Johnstown. The posted photos show scenes from the well-balanced program of prayer, instruction and fellowship. This year's retreatmaster is the Very Rev. David Smoley, Pastor of Sts Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA Sunday June 23 - Wednesday June 26, 2002
61 Diocesan Altarboys Arrived at the Christ The Saviour Seminary Campus on Sunday Evening. Photo Shows Fr. David Smoley (Standing),Welcoming Diocesan Altarboys as Fr. David Cochran (Seated) Looks on.
Altarboys Line Up at Seminary Entrance Gates For Procession to The Cathedral For the Spirit Monday Divine Liturgy.
Altarboys Under The Direction of Fr. David Cochran Sang the Responses to the Holy Day Liturgy. The Walls of the Cathedral Resonated With The Angelic Singing of These Young Men.
Altarboys Receive A Blessing and Antidoron From the Hands of Metropolitan Nicholas at the Conclusion of Liturgy.
On Monday Following the Divine Liturgy an Enjoyable Day Was Spent at Our Diocesan Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Windber. Photos Show A Softball Game Taking Place on the Meticulously Maintained and Expansive Parish Grounds.
Metropolitan Nicholas Poses For a Picture With the Participants of the Retreat in Front of the Diocesan Cathedral Following Liturgy.
The Pool and Waterslide at the Windber Recreational Center Which Abuts the Sts. Peter and Paul Church Complex, Provided the Altarboys With Much Needed Relief From The Summer Heat.
Metropolitan Nicholas Poses With Bill Oldham, a Member of the Diocesan Board of Trustees, and Parishioner of Sts. Peter & Paul. "Big Bill" Assisted by the Parish Women Prepared a Delicious Barbecue Supper. Through the Generosity of Metropolitan Nicholas, the Young Men Were Treated to a Delicious Steak Supper.
Monday Evening The Altarboys Were Treated to a Demonstration by the Johnstown Police Department of Their Canine Crime Detection Program. The Young Men Enjoyed Learning More About Police Dog Konan.
An Altar Server Doning Protective Gear Feigns An Attack on a Police Officer.
Altarboys Gathering at the Seminary Cross Shrine Tuesday Morning For Morning Prayers.
Metropolitan Addresses the Altar Servers During Breakfast on Tuesday Morning
On Tuesday Afternoon the Young Men Enjoyed a Visit to The National Flood Museum in Johnstown. Photo Shows a View of the Site of The Faulty Dam Which Lead to the Great Johnstown Flood.
Altarboys Enter St. John the Baptist Church in Wilpen, PA, Prior to the Beginning a Moleben Service to St. Nectarios. This Beautiful Evening Service was sung by the Altar Servers . This Service Marked the Unofficial Conclusion of Encounter 2002, The Altarboys began the Trip Home to Their Respective Parishes at Noon on Wed June 26.