Published October 2, 2015
ATLANTA—Byzantine Catholic men 18 to 35 years old are invited to attend a “Come and See” Retreat of Discovery at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh. The retreat will be held Oct. 16-18.
The retreat includes sharing liturgical services and meals with the seminary community, an introduction to the seminary formation program, a tour of the seminary, gatherings with seminarians, witness talks and guided reflections on discernment—how to listen to God’s plans for your future and your happiness.
Men, single or married, 18 to 35, who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood in the Byzantine Catholic Church, are invited. The atmosphere is prayerful, positive and fraternal. There is no pressure. The retreat is free and includes the program and meals and lodging. The retreat begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, and concludes at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Retreat participants are responsible for the arrangements and expenses of their transportation to Pittsburgh. Eparchial vocations offices may have scholarships and grants for travel expenses. Those interested should let the vocations director in the eparchy know they plan to attend. An online registration form is available at the website of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius, which is www.bcs.edu. The seminary can also be contacted at 412-321-8383.
The most recent group of eight seminarians includes five from the Ruthenian jurisdiction in America and three from the Melkite jurisdiction in America. The seminarians range in age from 24 to 60 years old; three are married. Each is sponsored by his respective bishop and has taken part in an extensive application process with the vocations office in his eparchy.
Rt. Rev. Archimandrite John Azar, the pastor of St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church, Atlanta, is the vocation director for the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, which covers the entire United States. He can be contacted at 404-373-9522.