Icon of Christ - Pantocrator 
Archdiocese of Pittsburgh
Byzantine Spirituality Conference 1997
Let Us Commend Our Whole Life
to Christ Our God
Saturday, October 11, 1997
La Roche College
Pittsburgh, PA

| Conference Schedule | Keynote & Workshops | Registration, Directions & Etc.|

Note: This page is under construction.  Information will be added as it becomes available.  For detailed information call the Office of Religious Education at +1-412-322-8773.

Conference Schedule
8:30 AM Registration & Coffee Social
9:30 AM Opening Prayer Service 
Welcome - Metropolitan Judson
10:00 AM Keynote Address 
Bishop Basil Schott 
Effects of the Mysteries of Initiation
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Workshop I
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Workshop II
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Evaluations
3:00 PM Vespers
3:30 PM Conference Ends
Keynote & Workshops
Keynote - Effects of the Mysteries of Initiation  D. Baptism and Renewal
A. Sharing Our Faith by Telling Our Stories E. Healthy Lifestyle: Balance of Body, Mind and Spirit
B. Meeting Christ in the Mysteries F. Teen Session - Get a life....in Christ!
C. Stop Wearing Out Your Shoes G. Children's Program - Special Gifts from God

Keynote Address - Effects of the Mysteries of Initiation

The Most Rev. Basil M. Schott, Bishop of Parma

In conjunction with the theme, "Let U Commend Our Whole Life to Christ Our God," the keynote address will expand on the effect of the Mysteries of Initiation in our lives. These mysteries shape our entire journey from birth to death.

Bishop Basil entered the Byzantine Franciscans following graduation from high school.  He attended Immaculate Conception College, Troy, NY, St. Mary Seminary, Norwalk, CT, and the Post Graduate Center, New York and holds degrees in philosophy and theology and a master's degree in theology and pastoral counseling. Since his ordination to the priesthood by then Bishop Stephen J. Kocisko, Bishop Basil has served extensively in pastoral ministry, retreats, workshops, and renewal programs for both religious and parish communities.  He also taught in the religious education departments in Byzantine Catholic School in Parma and Bishop Hafey High School in Hazleton. Prior to his appointment as the third bishop of the Eparchy of Parma, he served as Hegumen of Holy Dormition Monastery, Sybertsville, PA.


A. Sharing Our Faith by Telling Our Stories

Rev. Robert Forsythe

Pope John Paul II carefully outlined a spiritual path for us to follow as we prepare for the celebration of the Third Millennium.  As faithful travelers, we will come to see that "life is a sacred journey to the Father." Each person's journey has an important story to tell. In this session, Rev. Forsythe will present an overview of New Testament Scripture that will help us commend our whole life to Christ our God. Practical examples will be given that will help participants share their own faith stories.

Rev. Robert Forsythe is the executive director of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania - an ecumenical organization representing 2400 churches. He received a Bachelor of Science in business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Rev. Forsythe has served 25 years as a pastor in the Pittsburgh Presbytery, and as a seminary professor, including the pt 10 years at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh.  He approaches his work with a particular emphasis and passion for ecumenism.

B. Meeting Christ in the Mysteries

Msgr. George Appleyard

Through our faith, we know that Christ is among us. Our human senses are unable to verify Christ's presence in our everyday lives, and still we believe.  How did we reach this level of trust? by our personal experiences in meeting Christ through the Mysteries. In terms that we all can relate to, Msgr. Appleyard will discuss the psychology, sociology, mystical and applied theology, which make the Mysteries the vehicles of Christ-Among-Us. Special emphasis will be on the Mysteries of Initiation (Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Eucharist) and personal transformation.

Ordained by the late Metropolitan Stephen J. Kocisko in 1968, Msgr. Appleyard is a priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Parma, where he serves on the liturgical and catechetical commissions, and as vicar for religious and ecumenical officer.  He has been a guest speaker at several leading universities as well as a retreat master for clergy and religious in the U.S. and Canada.

C. Stop Wearing Out Your Shoes

Sr. Margaret Ann Andrako, OSBM

The sport of running has taken on an elite persona in today's world.  But, as the old saying goes, "No matter where you go, there you are." Which direction should our lives take? Instead of running around and looking for God "out there," we would all do well to STOP (take time), LOOK (at our own lives) and LISTEN (to God speaking in people and events). Using the book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament as a guide, this session will share ideas and hopes to develop and deepen a prayer life as a place of self-knowledge, self-nurturing, challenge and peace.

Sister Margaret Ann is an Administrative Assistant and Staff Member of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary. In her religious life she has served as a teacher in parochial schools; staff member of diocesan Religious Education Offices in Pittsburgh and Passaic; organizational work in the Van Nuys Eparchy; director of Mt. St. Macrina Retreat Center; and administration for the community of the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, Uniontown Province.

D. Baptism and Renewal

Fr. David M. Petras

Participating in the revered traditions of the church does much to connect us spiritually and emotionally with those who have preserved and handed these gifts down to us. In this session, Father Petras will explain the Rites of Christian Initiation -- Baptism, Chrismation, and Communion -- in their historical perspective.  In discussing the importance of these rites for Christian renewal in the future of our Church, we should try to deepen our appreciation and sense of responsibility for the part each of us plays in the history of the Church.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Father Petras studied for the priesthood at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh and the Russian College in Rome.  Ordained in 1967, he later received a doctorate in Liturgy from the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Fr. Petras has been the pastor of four parishes in the Parma Eparchy and is presently the Director of Spiritual Formation at the Pittsburgh seminary. He has been active in ecumenism and is a member of the National Theological Consultation with our sister Orthodox Churches.

E. Healthy Lifestyle: Balance of Body, Mind and Spirit

Madeline Zaworski, RN, MSN, MBA

Practicing a healthy lifestyle in the 90's is based on what the ancient Greeks and Hebrews knew 2000 years ago: a person's feeling of well-being depends on the harmony between body, mind and soul. Traditional medical treatments, medications and surgery, have an important role in healing, but there are many more options within our own power that we can use to promote health.  This session on care of the body, mind and soul will feature many sound principles to practice in life.

Madeline Zaworski is a registered nurse who has extensive experience in many areas of the health care establishment. She is a graduate of Kent State University School of Nursing and the graduate schools of nursing and business administration at Case Western Reserve University. She has been employed as a staff nurse, head nurse, nurse educator, department director, and most recently as Vice President of Nursing and Operations of Lorrain Community / St. Joseph Regional Health Center, Lorrain, OH.

F. Teen Session:  Get a life......in Christ!

Fr. Jack Custer

Fr. Jack will explore what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during the teenage years.  Age limit for this session is 12-18.

Ordained to the priesthood for the Eparchy of Passaic in 1983, Fr. Jack has served as a pastor, diocesan director of vocations, and has taught history, philosophy, Scripture, and Hebrew on the university level.  He holds degrees in theology and Biblical Studies from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Gregorian University, Rome.  He is currently the Dean at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and teaches Scripture.

G. Children's Program - Special Gifts from God

Maryanne Suto

This interactive session for grades K through 6 will develop the child's awareness of the New Life received from Christ through the Mysteries of Initiation.

Maryanne Suto is a member of St. Elias Church in Munhall, PA, where she has served as a catechist for the past 20 years.

Registration and Directions

To register call the Office of Religious Education at +1-412-322-8773.  The cost is:

    Adults        $30.00
    Teens         $12.00
    Children     $  8.00 for the first child, $ 5.00 for each sibling

Directions to La Roche College

From Downtown Pittsburgh:

Take I-279 North to Exit 18 (McKnight Road).  Travel on McKnight Road for six miles. At the second traffic light after Northway Mall, veer right onto Babcock Boulevard. La Roche is about one mile ahead.

Headed East from the Pennsylvania Turnpike:

Take Exit 3 to to Route 19 South for approximately five miles to the McKnight Road Exit. At the fourth traffic light, turn left onto Cumberland Road. At the next light, turn right onto Babcock Boulevard.

Headed West on the Pennsylvania Turnpike:

Take Exit 4 and follow Route 8 South for approximately two miles. Turn right onto Wildwood Road. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Babcock Boulevard.  La Roche is 2.3 miles ahead.

From I-79:

Take the Wexford exit and follow Route 910 West to Route 19 South.  Take the Mc Knight Road Exit.  At the fourth traffic light turn left onto Cumberland Road.  At the next light, turn right onto Babcock Boulevard.

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