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Eternal Memory: Fr. William George (Updated 5/10/17)

Saturday, May 06, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA - It is with great sorrow that His Grace, Bishop Gregory announces, the falling asleep in the Lord of Fr. William George, Pastor of Sts Peter and Paul Church of Rockaway, NJ late in the evening of Friday May 5, 2017 as a result of fatal injuries sustained in a car accident earlier that day.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Thurs., May 11th – reception of the body into SS. Peter and Paul Church, Rockaway, NJ with the Church opened the remainder of the day. Priest’s Parastas at 7 PM.

Fri., May 12th – 10 AM Funeral Liturgy followed by interment in the parish cemetery.

The clergy and faithful of the Diocese are kindly asked to keep the newly departed Priest William and his Pani Amy and their family and the Parish Community of Sts. Peter and Paul in their prayers. Read more...

Eternal Memory: Protopresbyter Ronald Hazuda (Updated 5/8/17)

Friday, May 05, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA - With great sorrow, the Diocesan Chancery announces the falling asleep in the Lord of Very Rev. Protopresbyter Ronald Hazuda on Thursday, May 5, 2017.

Born July 18, 1935 in Coaldale, Pa. he was a son of the late George, Sr. and Bertha (Medinci) Hazuda. He graduated from Nesquehoning High School and attended Penn State University and Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown, Pa. where he graduated with a Licentiate of Theology. He later graduated from Gannon University with his B.A. Degree.

Fr. Ronald was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence, Metropolitan Orestes on June 8, 1958. He served his first pastorate as administrator of SS. Peter & Paul Church in Newark, N.J. for 14 months. In 1959 he was assigned to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Erie, PA where he served as pastor for over 52 years with piety, strength and unwavering faith. Read more...

Registration Now Open for 2017 Diocesan Altar Boy Retreat

Thursday, May 04, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] Registration is now open ONLINE for the Annual Diocesan Altar Boy Retreat which will take place from Sunday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Christ the Saviour Seminary and Cathedral in Johnstown, PA.

This year's theme is the "The Mother of God..let us magnify her in song." The participants will be learning about the Feast Days of the Mother of God and also the traditional Plain Chant hymns that accompany each Feast. Read more...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For May 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for May 2017 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Eternal Memory: +Henry Beben

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that +Henry Beben, the father of Pani Marsha Tobias, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, April 25, 2017.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Friday April 28, 2017 - Parastas will be served at 7:30 pm at Rossi Funeral Home, North Road, Warren, Ohio. The funeral service will be sung on Saturday April 29th at 10:00 am at St. Nicholas Church, Warren, Ohio. Read more...

Assembly of Bishops Releases National Study on Outreach and Evangelism in Orthodox Parishes in the US

Sunday, April 23, 2017

[NEW YORK, NY ] The first ever, national study on evangelization and outreach in Orthodox parishes in the United States has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. The report "Go and Make Disciples: Evangelization and Outreach in US Orthodox Parishes" explores the practices and strategies developed by some Orthodox parishes that can be viewed as "exemplary" in their missionary and outreach efforts. Examples of what the readers will find in the report include: The "secrets" of being a parish that attracts and welcomes new members; Eight good practices of welcoming first-time visitors and inquirers about the Faith; How do "exemplary" parishes achieve a high degree of involvement of their members in parish life; Four distinct features of religious education in the "exemplary" parishes;and Six "lessons" that Church leadership (bishops) can learn from the "exemplary" parishes. Read more...

National ACRY Scholarship Application Now Posted On-Line

Friday, April 21, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Each year, the National ACRY offers scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, technical school and seminary students. The scholarship program is designed to encourage diocesan youth to remain connected to the Church while pursuing higher education. Diocesan faithful who are members of the ACRY are invited to apply for the following scholarships: Freshman, Sophmore, Junior, Senior/Metropolitan Orestes, Graduate, Trade/Technical, Seminarian and Mary Kay Wanchak Memorial. Read more...

Registration Now Open For 2017 Young Women's Encounter!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] Registration is now open ONLINE for the Fourth Annual Diocesan Young Women's Encounter which will take place from Sunday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA which is open to young women in our Diocese ages 12-18.

This engaging experience includes spiritual discussions and special events. Explore the work of women in the Church, develop and strengthen friendships with other Orthodox young women Read more...

Archpastoral Letter For Pascha 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

In this world where darkness unceasingly prowls and is ever ready to overtake and consume any goodness which may exist, we must remain steadfast in our faith and allow Christ’s Light to shine through us, transforming us into beacons of hope for the entire world.

During the beautiful service of the Resurrection, waiting in a darkened church, anticipating the Light, we should be mindful of what we are about to experience and its significance. The Resurrection is a real event. It is happening right now for all of us. Read more...

Camp Nazareth 40th Anniversary Alumni Day

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MERCER, PA [Camp Nazareth] -- Our Diocese is pleased to announce its first annual Camp Nazareth Alumni Day to be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 on the grounds of the Camp. All former Campers, Staff, Volunteers and Clergy alumni, and their families, are invited to attend the event. This includes the alumni from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Pennsylvania, both long-time user groups of the Camp. This first Alumni Day will include prayer services, fellowship time, dancing performances, a barbeque lunch, tours, presentations, of course a Camp craft!, slideshows, a special “Remember When” segment of the day, and a whole lot more as we continue to celebrate Camp Nazareth’s 40th Anniversary!! Alumni will have the opportunity to see their old Camp friends, share their fond memories of Camp, and meet other members of the Camp Nazareth family. Read more...

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