Press Releases - 2001

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Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity 2001

Monday, December 24, 2001

Today, I can greet you with no better words than what the Angel says to the Shepherds, on that wondrous Christmas night: Be not afraid: for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy ... For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2.10). Indeed, let us truly lift up our hearts, for in this year of challenge and tragedy, there has been much to keep them low. We have mourned the loss of thousands in September, and our troops continue to fight in faraway deserts. The Holy Lands where Our Saviour walked has been thrown into a new and more dangerous cycle of violence. And while our nation and the world have been gripped by enormous grief, an even more threatening danger now looms on the horizon, with the advent of stem cell research and human cloning. It has been, needless to say, a hard and difficult year. Read more...

Fortieth Day Observance For 911 Tragedy

Sunday, October 07, 2001

JOHNSTOWN, PA - A special 40th day Memorial Service for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attack on our country is being planned for Friday, October 19th at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown, PA, beginning at 7 P.M. It is anticipated that Metropolitan Nicholas and the Orthodox clergy of the Greater Johnstown area will be joined for the Memorial Service by the hierarchs and priests of the Metropolitan Pittsburgh area as well. The service will be sung in the traditional Carpatho-Rusyn Plain Chant. A social will follow in the Cathedral Educational Center. Read more...

Seminary Golden Jubilee

Sunday, October 07, 2001

JOHNSTOWN, PA - His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdioces of America and Exarch of the Ecumenical Throne, will head a list of church and civil dignitaries who will gather in Johnstown on Tuesday, October 23 for the gala celebration marking the 50th Anniversary of Christ the Saviour Seminary in its present location. Prior to findiing a permanent home in Johnstown in 1951, our Diocesan Seminary held classes in New York City, Nicholson, PA and Bridgeport, CT. Read more...

2001 Educational Conference

Saturday, September 22, 2001

JOHNSTOWN, PA - The following information regarding the 2001 Know Your Faith Educational Conference has been released by the Diocesan Religious Education Commission. Read more...

Archpastoral Statement on Stem Cell Research 2001

Monday, September 17, 2001

The whole question about human stem cell research hinges upon when human life begins. The Church has taught that human life begins at conception. This is when God enters a person into the world - a person who is soul and body. The Church has taught this consistently throughout the ages. This truth has enabled generations of faithful to appreciate human nature as the bearer of the image of God, as the beneficiary of the divine grace of immortality and as the ultimate object of God's creative love and nurturance. Read more...

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