Upcoming Events

Pilgrimage for Peace

Our 2015 Pilgrimage for Peace will be held Sunday September 13, 2015.

anointing at pilgrimage
food station

If you would like to volunteer (help with food service, setup/cleanup, etc) or join the cantor choir for Divine Liturgy, please contact Fr Jerome, OFM at holydormition@gmail.com or 570-788-1212 ext 402.

Bishop Kurt will pray especially for the catechists for the coming year and their work to teach our children about our faith. He will commission catechists, so please encourage your parish catechists and children to attend. There will be a special program for children.

ann koshuteAbout our speaker:
Ann M. Koshute, M.T.S. is Adjunct Instructor in Theology at St. Joseph’s College of Maine (online) and DeSales University. She obtained her Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. She is a writer and speaker, offering parish and retreat presentations on marriage and family issues, the theology of the body, and spirituality. Ann and her husband Keith are parishioners of St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church in Harrisburg.

About the talk -- The Shape Love Takes: Peace, Family and the Cross

The world around us is noisy, chaotic and often confusing. Our “peace is disturbed” in so many ways: politically, culturally, emotionally, and in our personal relationships. But peace is ultimately to be found in Christ. Our reflection will focus on how families in particular can find the peace Christ offers us in a place the world least expects: the Cross. By inviting Christ into ourhomes and our hearts, and letting our love take the shape of the Cross, we can experience the peace He promises and become agents of His peace in the world.

October 3-4: Remembering St Francis of Assisi

St John the Forerunner Icon Retreat

John the Baptist / John the Forerunner

October 22-25, 2015

Peter Pearson, iconographer

Cost: $285 includes all materials. Optional room costs $30/night. Free-will offering for meals.

Contact: Fr Carmen, OFM at jupiterhorizon12@gmail.com or 570-788-1212 ext 406

The original is written by Romanian iconographer Gabriel Toma Chituc. Come and experience “A Brush with God” through the media of wood, pigment brush and prayer with Master Iconographer, Reverend Peter Pearson. Peter brings 40 years of iconographic experience with a gentle approach leading everyone, from novice to accomplished painter a prayer experience unlike any other. No experience needed, just a desire to learn and experience the divine touch in Life.


  • October 22
    • arrive for rooms by 4pm
    • program begins at 5pm
  • October 23 and 24
    • 7:15am Matins (morning prayer)
    • 8am Divine Liturgy
    • 9am breakfast
    • 12:30pm lunch
    • 5pm Vespers (evening prayer)
    • 6pm supper
    • Reconciliation is available Friday 3-4:30pm and 7-8pm
  • October 25
    • 8am Divine Liturgy
    • 9am breakfast
    • conclusion and blessing of icons, ending around 12:30pm
    • Light Lunch served after blessing of icons
    • Checkout from rooms by 3pm



Sunday December 13 at 3pm: Emmanuel Moleben & Concert

The Emmanuel Moleben has hymns and Scripture readings to help us prepare for the celebration of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Cantors of Northeast Pennsylvania will lead the responses at the Moleben, and then (4pm) provide a concert of music in English and Slavonic. A certain famous bishop known for his generosity may visit.

Free-will offering. Reception following.

Ongoing Icon Workshop

Work with iconographer Peter Pearson usually meets on the second Sunday of every month.

Cost: $25 per session; beginners may purchase materials for $20. More information forthcoming.

Contacts: Sonia Marie at 908-420-3931; or Tom at 570-454-1522.

Ongoing: Private Retreats

Clare House is a quiet refuge on our property, convenient to the chapel and monastery. You may take a silent, private retreat or talk with one of the friars.

Meals on your own or with the friars. Call to reserve a day or longer.

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