Diocesan Altarboys Arrive Safely in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN, PA -  More than 75 young men from parishes throughout the diocese have arrived safely, this evening at Christ the Saviour Seminary for the Annual Diocesan Altarboy Retreat.  They begin a three day long retreat from the world, to grow closer to our Lord and discern His Will for their lives. The theme of  this year's  retreat is  "Serving the Least of Our Brethren"   

In addition to participation in daily prayers, liturgical services, classes, and instruction in Plain Chant, the particpants will be hosted tommorow by the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish of Windber, PA where they will enjoy swimming, sports and other recreational activities, and a barbeque. 

On Tuesday all will participate in the Divine Liturgy in the Diocesan Cathedral and after brunch and classes, will board the buses for an excursion to Pittsburgh where they will spend time at a local water park, have dinner at St. Nicholas Church in Homestead, PA and end the day with an evening cruise on  the Three Rivers in downtown Pittsburgh.

We invite you to follow the activities of  the altarboy retreat on-line.  You won't want to miss the highpoint of the retreat, the celebration of Divine Liturgy, with the responses sung by the altarboys themselves!  Watch the retreat liturgy live (Tuesday June 28 at 8:30 am)  by clicking here  and in archival format within one hour of the broadcast  here

We will also post photos as time permits on our diocesan website during and immediately following the retreat.

The Retreat Master for this year's Retreat is Very Rev. Protopresbyter David Cochran.



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