Mark Your Calendars – October 2017

A Lutheran/Catholic Day of Commemoration of Hope

A Lutheran/Catholic Day of Commemoration of Hope will be presented 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Oct. 28 at Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa. The event is in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It is sponsored by the Diocese of Greensburg, the SWPA Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The day will include a keynote address by Dr. John Borelli of Georgetown University, break-out groups and worship in the basilica. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Register at

“Come and See” Retreat of Discovery

The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa. will host the “Come and See” Retreat of Discovery Nov. 3 to 5. Men, ages 18 to 35, single or married, who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood in the Byzantine Catholic Church, are invited. The atmosphere will be prayerful, positive and fraternal. Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta, Seminary Rector, said the retreat will help young men answer difficult questions as they witness a seminarian’s life of labor, study, prayer and joy. The retreat includes sharing liturgical services and meals with the Seminary community, an introduction to the Seminary formation program and a tour of the Seminary. There is no tuition for this retreat. Meals and lodging are free. The application deadline is Oct. 19. More information is available at The Byzantine Catholic Seminary is a community of mentors, teachers, and students forming leaders for the Church in an environment of Christian unity, integrity, and missionary spirit with a commitment to ecumenism.

Founded in 1950, the Byzantine Catholic Seminary is a free-standing, English speaking theological seminary, welcoming all those seeking the knowledge possessed by the Eastern ecclesial traditions. The Seminary is authorized to grant graduate degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. The Seminary operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in Pennsylvania, and is governed by a Board of Directors under the leadership of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Pittsburgh.

Byzantine Spirituality Conference

A Byzantine Spirituality Conference will be held 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, Pa. This year’s theme is “The Diversity of God’s Blessings.” Talks include: “Challenging Issues for Easterm Catholics in America” (Father Jason Charron), “The Charism of Hospitality”(Deacon Lucas Crawford ) and “Handing of the Faith” (Professor Michael P. Krom). A registration fee of $35 each includes lunch. A parish table of five or more is $25 per person for registrations submitted together. Make checks payable to “Office of Religious Education.” For more information, call 412-322-9773 or download a registration form at Click on “Office of Religious Education.”

Overnight retreat at Mount St. Macrina

“Forgiveness” is the title of an Oct. 6 to 7 overnight retreat at Mount St. Macrina House of Prayer. Sign–in is at 7 p.m. Friday and the program concludes at 4 p.m. Saturday. The offering is $60 and registration is due Oct. 2. Meals, linens and towels are included. The retreat will focus on defining forgiveness and compassion and the benefits of each, how to develop the skill of forgiveness, how to develop and show compassion, and how each can lead us down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Presenter Becky Johnen is well-known in the Byzantine parishes in the Pittsburgh area as an excellent adult educator and has given spiritual programs at the House of Prayer. Register by calling 724-4387149 or by email at hpmsm@

Mens Evening Out

A Mens Evening Out will be held 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Mount St. Macrina House of Prayer, 500 W. Main St., Uniontown, Pa. Father Don Bolls, of the Church of the Resurrection, Monroeville, Pa., will discuss “Musings on Mark,” providing the opportunity for men to gather, grow, have fellowship and be encouraged in their faith in daily living. Registration is due Oct. 21 at 724-438-7149 or Freewill offering.