Icon of Christ the Teacher 

Archdiocese of Pittsburgh
1998 Byzantine Catholic
Lenten Retreat Weekend
March 13-15, 1998
Weekend of the Holy Cross
Antiochian Village
Ligionier, Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Byzantine Serra Club of Pittsburgh

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The retreat goals focus on a guided meditation on several liturgical images which are central to the Lenten journey.  Father Petras, the spiritual director for this year's retreat (see below), is an expert in liturgy and will give the retreat a special liturgical flavor.  Each conference will explain something in the liturgy, the theology behind it, and finally its practical meaning in our lives.  There will be five conferences during the retreat weekend:
FIRST CONFERENCE: The Triodion, Its Features that Encourage Penance.
SECOND CONFERENCE:  The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
THIRD CONFERENCE: "Once You Have Turned Back" (Luke 22:32, Jesus' words to Peter, the Sacramental Mystery of Repentance)
FOURTH CONFERENCE: Through the Cross Joy Has Come
FIFTH CONFERENCE: The Land of Milk and Honey

Spiritual Director
Father David Petras is a priest of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, Ohio. He holds degrees in theology and liturgy from the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Oriental Institute, both in Rome.

Father Petras currently serves as Spiritual Director and Professor of Liturgy at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He has also served as Academic Dean at the Seminary.  He is internationally respected for his knowledge of the liturgies of the Eastern Churches and his columns appear in several newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.  He is also the editor of the annual typicon for the Church as well as the Church calendars.

He is highly regarded for his work promoting ecumenism.  Since 1984, Father Petras has served as a member of the American Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation.

He has served as pastor of several Byzantine Catholic communities in the midwestern-based Eparchy of Parma and has also served on the faculty of St. Mary's Seminary, Cleveland.  He is perhaps the most published author in the Byzantine Church in the United States and frequently gives numerous lectures, workshops and retreats.
Father J. Daniel Mindling, O.F.M. Cap., is the Academic Dean of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. and will once again join the retreat to provide personal confession and spiritual direction throughout the weekend.
Father Robert F. Oravetz, a priest of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh, is the coordinator of the annual retreat.

Please Join Us!

All adults, including singles, couples, extended families are invited to attend. You need not need be a member of a Byzantine Catholic parish to attend. Previous retreat participants have included members of the Byzantine Catholic and Orthodox Churches as well as members of the Roman Catholic and non-Catholic Churches.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 13, 1998

5:00-8:00 p.m. Check-in at Antiochian Village 
8:00 p.m. Vespers in Ss. Peter & Paul Chapel 
9:00 p.m. FIRST CONFERENCE: "Let My People Go: Repentance and Freedom" 
10:30 p.m. Social Hour: Refreshments and Introductions 

Saturday, March 14, 1998

8:00 a.m. Morning Prayers 
8:30 a.m. Breakfast 
9:30 a.m. SECOND CONFERENCE: "Manna in the Desert" 
10:45 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 
12:00 noon Lunch 
1:00 p.m. Free Time; Bookstore / Gift Shop Open 
1:30 p.m. Self-Guided Tour of Iconography Training Center; Heritage Center 
2:30 p.m. THIRD CONFERENCE: "Once You Have Turned Back" 
3:15 p.m. Personal Reconciliation (before the Icon of Christ in the chapel and other designated areas).
4:45 p.m. Vespers 
5:45 p.m. Dinner 
7:30 p.m. FOURTH CONFERENCE: "Through the Cross Joy Has Come" 

Sunday, March 15, 1998

9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great  
11:15 a.m. Farewell Brunch 

Retreat Site
Antiochian Village Retreat Center
Route 711 North, P.O. Box 638
Ligonier, Pennsylvania 15658

Antiochian Village is used for retreats and meetings of the priests of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and for Byzan-teen weekend programs. The Village is fourteen years old and sits on a 500-acre campus and is owned and operated by the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese. It includes a 200-room hotel, three chapels and churches, a large library, heritage center, and gift shop. The Village also houses the nation's only training center for iconographers. A health / exercise suite is also part of the hotel complex.


$125 per person, sharing a room
$175 per person, single room

Cost includes room for two nights, Friday snack, four meals, honaria, liturgical music book of all services.
Deposits, Final Payment, Cancellations

A deposit of $25 per person (payable to the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club) will reserve your room.
Final payment is due at noon, Friday, February 27, 1998. You may send complete payment with your reservation.

Full and immediate refund for all cancellations received by noon, Friday, February 27, 1998. After that time, no refunds will be given but substitution by others is permitted.

Please send your check along with your name, address, phone number, type of accommodation (single or sharing - provide roommates name) before Friday, February 27, 1998 to:
1998 Byzantine Retreat
c/o Fr. Robert F. Oravetz
Archdiocese of Pittsburgh
66 Riverview Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214

Directions / Travel Information
From Pittsburgh, take either US 30 or the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Ligonier. In Ligonier, take PA Rt. 711 North six miles to the Village. Driving time from the East Pittsburgh area is one hour.
From Harrisburg, take the Turnpike to Exit 9, PA Route 711 North to Ligonier and the Village.
From Washington and Baltimore, take I-70 to the Turnpike West, then Exit 9 and as above.

For Additional Information or to Register Please Call
Dr. Patricia Kupec 412-461-6985 
Mr. Al Hvozdovich 412-461-0237 
Dr. Robert Oravetz 412-331-2885 

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