Press Releases - 2017

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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...

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