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Twenty-Fifth Annual Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting

Youngwood, PA - With the Archpastoral presence and participation of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, the Twenty Fifth Annual Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education was held on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

The meeting was hosted by Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov and host priest Reverend Father Milan Medakovich warmly welcomed the participants.

The Pittsburgh Deanery includes Pennsylvania parishes in Aliquippa, Carmichaels, Johnstown, McKeesport, Midland, Monroeville, Pittsburgh and Youngwood. The Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville, Ohio and Holy Trinity Mission Parish in Fairmont, West Virginia are also part of the Deanery.

Very Reverend Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich, Episcopal Deputy, Very Reverend Rajko Kosic and Reverend Father Dragan Zaric participated in the meeting.

Father Milan Medakovic gave a well-developed presentation entitled :”So You Want to Be a Saint! -Modeling Holiness in Christian Education.“  Father Milan’s talk produced a far-ranging discussion on the challenges of contemporary society and the Christian education needs of present day children and youths.

The meeting continued with reports of highlights of Christian education efforts in the parishes of the Deanery.  Christian educators actively participating included Mark Stupar, Joyce Yovetich, Brian Hayden, Amy Simonovich, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Norma Hickman, and Edith Godbey.  Episcopal Secretary Milvan Jovanovic and Milka Jovanovich were present for the meeting.

The meetings are held yearly in each of the four Deaneries of the Eastern American Diocese-Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington D.C. and St. Petersburg, Florida. The Deanery meetings serve as a forum on Christian education to discuss and review developments and challenges for the parishes of the Diocese. The meetings are for all priests and teachers of the Diocese.

Appropriately recognizing the contributions and dedication of church school teachers was a point of interest in the meeting as well as holding a Diocese conference for all teachers in the forthcoming year.

The Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Youngwood was very clearly and graciously hospitable in hosting the meeting. All in attendance were truly grateful for the hospitality.

His Grace consistently schedules and participates in the Deanery meetings to ensure the parishes of the Diocese keep the focus on Christian education as a priority. His Grace emphasized the value of participating in the Holy Mysteries of the Church. He said there is no perfection without  Christ.

Article by Father Rodney Torbic      

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