Press Releases - 2003

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Memory Eternal: Very Rev. Protopresbyter John Yurcisin

Friday, June 20, 2003

JOHNSTOWN, PA - At 2:00 pm (EST) today, the Very Rev. Protopresbyter John Yurcisin, peacefully fell-asleep-in-the-Lord after suffering a stroke earlier in the day. Father John, Pastor Emeritus of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Past Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese, will lie in state in Christ The Saviour Cathedral on Sunday afternoon (June 22) from 12 Noon until 9:00 pm . The Office of Burial for a Priest will take place Sunday at 4:00 pm. Divine Liturgy will be served at 10:00 am Monday, June 23 with interment to follow. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for Pentecost 2003

Sunday, June 15, 2003

After the creation of the world and the fall of mankir1d from grace, the lord God Almighty began His work with mankind anew. In the Garden of Eden, the progenitors of the race of man, Adam and Eve, walked and talked with God their Father as intimates, as loving and obedient children of a loving Father. Even more, they were friends of God. All of that changed because of their disobedience, however. And from that moment God already set in motion His plan to re-instate human beings to ttlat very same privilege and dignity. But this would take timeJ of course, and God dea:t with His People in increasing degrees by which they would be brought back to their original state. Read more...

Pilgrims Camp To Be Established At Consecration of Camp Church

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

JOHNSTOWN, PA - In the Tradition of our ancestors in the Carpatho-Rusyn homelands, His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas extends an invitation to the youth of our Diocese and all Christ-loving souls to take part in a Pilgrimage to Camp Nazareth for the Consecration of Saints Cyril and Methodios Church. A Pilgrim's Camp is being established at Camp Nazareth on Friday night August 15 for all who desire to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event. An evening campfire and a candlelight Compline Service at the camp site, will be the highlights of Friday evening's campout. The pilgrims will join Metropolitan Nicholas in the procession from his camp residence to Sts. Cyril & Methodios Church. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for Pascha 2003

Sunday, April 27, 2003

As we come yet again to the Resurrection of the Lord, to this holiest of seasons, Queen of Feasts, the Feast of Feasts, and the Great Day, the question of the Myrrh-bearing Women challenges all of us: Who will roll the stone away for us from the entrance of the tomb? Read more...

SCOBA Hierarchs Issue Statement on War in Iraq

Thursday, April 03, 2003

NEW YORK, NY - We, the hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas are compelled by our spiritual obligation as peacemakers, to express the anguish in our hearts that, once again, due to the presence of sin and evil in the world, nations and people of faith have been unable to avoid a dreadful confrontation. As heads of Orthodox Christian communities in North America we are compelled to call our pious clergy and faithful to pray for peace and for respect of the sanctity of all human persons. Read more...

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