Openness to God’s will

Thomas Donlin | December 4, 2018

The first moment I entered the door of SS. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the “Come and See” weekend of discernment, an overwhelming feeling of peace washed over me and fulfilled my heart’s desire of many years.

The weekend of Nov. 2 to 4 was a blend of both prayerful retreat and social interaction with time to set aside all earthly cares — for me, those cares common to a junior in college — to reflect on God’s will in my life as well as to experience the daily rhythm of seminary life.

Father Robert Pipta, Seminary rector, warmly welcomed the 12 “Come and Seers” representing the Ruthenian eparchies
of Phoenix, Parma, and Passaic as well as the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. The seminarians, who were also our mentors (Miron Kerul-Kmec Jr. was mine) for the weekend, answered all of our questions openly and humorously and made each of us apart of their seminary family.

Almost as if by divine design, the entire atmosphere of the weekend changed after lunch on Saturday from a retreat of internal reflection to an experience of how each seminarian personally lives out his daily life of Continue reading

Report of the Synod

Kathe Kress | December 4, 2018

Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick speaks at Serra club Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick, OSBM, discussed October’s Synod on Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment in Rome and shared compelling coverage found on “Crux,” a new Catholic website, at the Byzantine Catholic … Continue reading

“Parish Life from Maintenance to Discipleship”

Sister Marion Dobos | December 4, 2018

The Office of Religious Education welcomed 62 participants on Nov. 10 to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall, Pa. to reflect on parish life and the call to be Disciples of Jesus Christ. Deacon John Evancho, Eparchy … Continue reading

What are you giving up for Christmas?

Sister Constance Veit | December 4, 2018

As they celebrated their first Christmas in America 150 years ago, our Little Sisters in Baltimore noted that the donations received included “twelve turkeys, four ducks, sixteen chickens and so many other good things that we didn’t know what to … Continue reading

“The Rosary That Grew Flowers”

Editor | December 4, 2018

Auhor pens story of 1928 Rusyn Coal Miner In July 1928, the Rusyn son of one of our Byzantine Churches in the American Territory captured the world’s attention. At 22 years old, Michael Kusko broke his back working at the … Continue reading

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THE FEAST OF SS. PETER and PAUL ACCORDING TO THE BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION

Ancient and local tradition and written documents regarding the apostolic work and martyrdom of SS. Peter and Paul in Rome validly serve as the historical foundation for the universal celebration of their feast. The solemn commemoration of these two leading Apostles takes place on June 29th, a feast day of obligation in the Byzantine Metropolitan Province of Pittsburgh. The feast is preceded by a shorter or a longer period of fasting referred to by the faithful as “Petrovka,” meaning Peter’s Fast. Continue reading