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Mission and Evangelization in the Eastern Church Theme to Highlight Annual Byzantine Spirituality Conference in Pittsburgh on October 13th

Pittsburgh, PA -- This year's Byzantine Spirituality Conference will focus on the theme of "Mission and Evangelization in the Eastern Church".  Sponsored by the Office of Religious Education of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh and in cooperation with the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, the annual spirituality conference will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2001 at the Raddison Hotel, GreenTree, Pittsburgh, PA


Archpriest Paul Lazor
A priest of the Orthodox Church in America, Fr. Paul Lazor was ordained in 1964. Since 1977 Fr. Lazor has been a full time member of administration and faculty of St. Vladimir's Seminary in Crestwood, NY, where he also serves as Dean of Students.

A native of Canonsburg, PA, Fr. Lazor has a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.Div. from St. Vladimir's Seminary.

Fr. Lazor is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences and is the author of numerous articles, booklets, and tracts on liturgical and other themes, as well as translating and editing.

Bishop Nicholas Samra
Bishop Nicholas is the Auxiliary Bishop for the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton. He has over 20 years pastoral experience in the areas of Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

In addition, Bishop Nicholas has served the Melkite Diocese through his involvement with the Diocesan Pastoral Council, the Eparchial College of Consultors, the Liturgical Commission, the Continuing Formation of Clergy, chairman of the Clergy Conference and director of the Diocesan Archives.

Bishop Nicholas is the past president of the Eastern Catholic Associates of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops.

Very Rev. Fr. Jonathan Tobias
Formerly an Evangelical Protestant clergyman, Fr. Tobias was received into the Orthodox Church in 1992 and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, in 1998.

Fr. Tobias is pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Scranton, PA. He is Assistant Editor of The Church Messenger, and instructor of Pastoral Counseling at Christ the Savior Seminary in Johnstown, PA.

Dr. John Petrus and Dr. Sharon (DiLauro) Petrus
Dr. Sharon L. DiLauro has post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and had fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility, and Genetics. She has done Couples and Family Therapy at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Married to Dr. John Petrus, she is retired and raising their four children.

Dr. John J. Petrus is trained in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. Currently, he is in private practice, and Associate Professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He is also a Bioethicist at Akron-General Medical Center and Medical Director of Justin Rodgers Hospice Care Center.

In addition, Sharon and John have been leading a series of workshops on Sexuality, Intimacy, and Affectivity for the seminarians at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary. John is studying for the Diaconate at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.


8:30 am

Registration (no continental breakfast)

9:15 am


9:30 am

Welcome Sr. Marion Dobos, OSB

9:45 am

I. Mission and Evangelization: The Breath of the Spirit

-Father Paul Lazor

11:15 am

II. Evangelization and Liturgy: Communion of Love

-Bishop Nicholas Samra

12:15 pm


Be sure to visit our catechetical and educational displaysand support our vendors of books and religious articles!

1:30 pm

III. Parish Community: Living Pentecost

-Father Jonathan Tobias

2:30 pm

IV. The Christian Family: Domestic Church

-Drs. John J. Petrus & Sharon L. DiLauro Petrus

3:30 pm

Round Table Discussion and Question Session

4:30 pm

Great Vespers

There will be special programs for children and teens.

101 Marriott Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

From East:

PA Turnpike W to Pittsburgh Exit 6. Follow 376 W toward Pittsburgh. Proceed through Squirrel Hill Tunnel. As you are passing through downtown, you will see signs for Fort Pitt Bridge. Cross bridge and head through Fort Pitt Tunnel. As you exit the tunnel you will be on 279 S to Airport. Go 2 miles and take the GreenTree/Crafton exit. The ramp will split immediately so veer to the left. At stop sign make left onto Mansfield Ave. Go through exactly two lights and The Radisson Hotel will be the next drive on the right.

From West:

Take Pa Turnpike (76 East) to 79 South. Follow this to exit for 279 South to Pittsburgh. Follow this to downtown Pittsburgh and then follow signs for Fort Pitt Bridge. Continue as in directions from East.

From North:

Take 79 South to exit 279 South to Pittsburgh. Follow this to downtown Pittsburgh where you will follow the directions to the Fort Pitt Bridge. Continue as in directions from the East.

From the South Hills:

Take Route 19 N (Washington Road) and follow it to Cochran Road. Turn left onto Cochran Road and follow to Green Tree Road (Route 121 North). Bear right onto Green Tree Road. Green Tree Road crosses over I-279 overpass. As you cross over, please stay in left hand lane. You will turn left onto Mansfield Avenue. Go through exactly two lights and The Radisson Hotel will be the next drive on the right.

The Raddison Hotel is Handicapped Accissible

Adults $35 ($40 late registration)
College students and Teens $15
Children $8 for 1st child; $5 for each sibling
GROUP DISCOUNT -- 6 or more $25 per person
(Special workshops for teens and children)

Lunch Selections: Scrod, English Style or Chicken Marsala
For children: Chicken fingers

Make checks payable to "Office of Religious Education"
Mail to:
Office of Religious Education
Archeparchy of Pittsburgh
3605 Perrysville Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214

For information: 412-322-8773 or


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