JOHNSTOWN, PA---Radiant joy was the order of the day as three young men, preparing for the Holy Priesthood, graduated from Christ the Saviour Seminary here on Thursday, May 22. His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa presented the Bachelor of Theology degree to the members of the Class of 2014: Deacon Joseph Birthisel, Daniel Vaskalis and Matthew Dutko. The graduation ceremonies followed the celebration of Vespers in the Seminary Chapel.
His Grace lauded the young men for their faithfulness and hard work during their three years of study at the diocesan theological school as they prepared themselves for their future lives as priests of the diocese. A cookout on the seminary campus followed for faculty, family and friends of the graduates.
May Our Lord grant them Many Blessed Years!
Photos Courtesy of Protopresbyter James Dutko.
Graduation ceremonies began with the celebration of Vespers in the Seminary Chapel by Fr. Frank Miloro, dean,
and Deacon Joseph Birthsiel. Again and again, the theme of Resurrection was proclaimed: "Christ is Risen!"
Responses to the Vespers were sung at the Seminary Chapel by Seminarians and faithful gathered for the graduation exercises.
In addressing his future priests, Bishop Gregory announced that the ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Joseph Birthisel and the ordination to the Diaconate of Seminarian Matthew Dutko, will take place at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church at Camp Nazareth on Friday, July 18. Youngsters from the Diocese at the first week of camping this summer will share in the joy of the celebration.
His Grace, Bishop Gregory extends congratulations to Deacon Joseph Birthisel on his graduation from Christ the Saviour Seminary.
Deacon Joseph and Seminarians Daniel and Matthew listen to the words of congratulations extended by His Grace, Bishop Gregory at Thursday's graduation ceremonies at Christ the Saviour Seminary.
Fr. Frank MIloro, dean of Christ the Saviour Seminary, shares memories of the three year journey of the Class of 2014 in their studies towards the Holy Priesthood.
Seminarian Matthew Dutko receives his diploma.
Seminarian Daniel Vaskalis is presented his diploma by Bishop Gregory.
It has said that "joy is the infallible sign of God's presence." This gift permeated faculty, graduates and the faithful gathered at Christ the Savoiur Seminary
for the graduation exercises.
Bishop Gregory with the Class of 2014
Following Vespers and Graduation, faculty, students, family and guests enjoyed a cookout on the grounds of
Christ the Saviour Seminary.
Seminarian "Chef" Will Bennett Prepares the Graduation Cookout!
Seminarian Daniel Vaskalis receives a "Camper's Necessity" kit as a graduation gift. He will be part of the summer staff working with diocesan youth this summer at Camp Nazareth.