The annual Altarboys Retreat took place at Christ the Saviour Seminary and Cathedral in Johnstown, PA from June 25-28, 2006. This year there 73 participants from parishes as far away as Connecticut and West Virgina. The retreat participants were given an opportunity to learn more about the priestly vocation as the program was based on the theme, "Serving the Lord as His Priest." The posted photos show scenes from the well-balanced program of prayer, instruction and fellowship. This year's retreatmaster 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 Luke Mihaly, Peter Paproski and Michael Zak, the Rev. Fathers Michael Chendorain, Andrew Fetchina, Stephen Loposky, Matthew Moriak and Mark Tyson.
In preparation for Tuesday Morning's Divine Liturgy, the altarboys were instructed by Very Rev. Fr. Peter Paproski in the Plain Chant liturgy responses.
Fr. Stephen Loposky leads a small group discussion about the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Fr. Stephen also shared his insights about what it is like to serve as a priest of the Holy Church.
Taking a break from the pool, two young men enjoy a game of catch.
The Altarboys process from Christ the Saviour Seminary to the Cathedral prior to Tuesday Morning's Divine Liturgy.
Bruce Barger chants the Epistle reading during Liturgy.
Group photo of the participants and staff of Retreat 2006.
Daniel Paproski, of St. John's Church in Stratford, was one of two recipients of the Plain Chant Singing Aaward.
Monday afternoon found the young men enjoying the recreational amenities of Sts. Peter and Paul Church grounds and the town pool in Windber, PA. Pictured is Nicholas Mihaly on the waterslide at the Windber town pool.
This year, the altar servers were broken into smaller subgroups for prayer and discussion. Pictured is Fr. Matthew Moriak leading his group in prayer after Monday morning's breakfast which was prepared by Seminary cook Nancy Koval.
Long time director of the annual Altarboy Retreat, Very Rev. Protopresbyter David Smoley, is given a plaque honoring him for his devoted service to our diocesan altarboys, by newly appointed director, Very Rev. Fr. David Cochran.
Very Rev. Fr. Luke Mihaly delivers a short homily to help prepare the altarboys for Holy Confession.
The young men beautifully sang the Plain Chant responses to the Liturgy.
Nathaniel Chomo, of St. Nicholas Church in Warren, Ohio, receives the Altarboy of the Year Award at the closing breakfast.
Samuel Loposky of St. Mary's Church in Corning New York, receives the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ from the hands of his father, Fr. Stephen Loposky.
Upon their arrival in Johnstown, the altarboys were briefed in the Cathedral auditorium on the schedule of events for the coming days.
Zachary Koss, of Holy Ghost Church in Phoenixville, PA also received the Plain Chant Singing Award