Door of Mercy at St Mary Byzantine Church, at Poplar and Beech Streets, Hazleton
Services will be held throughout the year. Poster with dates (pdf) at this link.
The name of God is mercy. There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand.—Pope Francis
The Divine Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts is celebrated at our friary in Sybertsville every weekday (Mon-Fri) during the Great Fast.
The St Anthony Novena will be held for nine Tuesday evenings in our friary chapel starting Tuesday April 12. More information: call 570-788-1212 ext 400.
While there are no special programs currently scheduled at the friary during the Great Fast (Lent), the following are also held in our area (Spring and Summer friary programs are listed below):
at St John Byzantine Church, 20th and Wyoming, Hazleton
- 9am Lenten Matins
- noon Prayer for Mercy and Scripture readings
- 5pm Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
- quiet prayer and confession available throughout the day 9am-9pm
- 9am Divine Liturgy with Panachida for All Souls
- 10:15am Rosary
- 11am Sacramental Mystery of Holy Anointing for healing of soul and body
- 1pm: Healing the Broken-Hearted -- Annulments: What, Why, and How -- with Fr Anthony Generose (canon lawyer and local pastor)
- 5pm Divine Liturgy and conclusion of the 24 Hours for the Lord
"Why, O Lord?" Questions and Answers about Suffering in the Life of a Christian
Saturday March 12 at St John Byzantine Church, 20th and Wyoming, Hazleton
- 9am (church) Akathist to the Mother of God
- 10am (hall) "Why, O Lord?" Questions and Answers about Suffering, presented by Fr Vasyl Chepelskyy, adjunct professor of theology and local pastor
Brown Bag Day of Recollection: Saturday April 23, 10am-3pm
Presentations by Professor Kevin Hughes of Villanova University
- 8am Divine Liturgy in the friary chapel (optional)
- 9-10am Registration and continental breakfast
- 10am-3pm Program
- noon-1pm Lunch: bring your own or go to one of the local restaurants
- Program concludes at 3pm
Bonaventure has long been celebrated as a saint, a mystic, a doctor of the church, and even the “second founder of the Order.” In recent decades, he has been an important influence on our two most recent popes, Benedict and Francis. Pope Francis cites Saint Bonaventure several times in his encyclical Laudato Si' to help develop the Franciscan spiritual vision that lies at that letter’s heart.
But how much do we know about Saint Bonaventure? This day of reflection will introduce us to Saint Bonaventure’s spiritual vision, not as an intellectual program, but as a way of life, as a deepening of Francis’s vision in the daily grind of life, and as part of a deep renewal of our sense of ourselves as creatures of a Loving Creator and redeemed by the burning love of Christ.
Prof. Hughes teaches humanities and religion at Villanova University. This day of recollection is sponsored by Holy Dormition / St Clare Secular Franciscan Fraternity, and is open to the general public.
In order to keep costs down, participants are asked to bring their own lunch; there are several nearby restaurants for those who prefer to go out during the one hour lunch break. Continental breakfast and beverages will be provided.
Our Lady of the Rosary Icon Retreat at Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton
June 2 through 5, 2016 from 9AM to 7PM with Peter Pearson, iconographer. Cost: $285 includes materials and daily lunch.
Limited space for overnight accommodations is available at Holy Dormition Friary for $40/night, with shuttle service to and from Holy Rosary Parish.
Reservations and information, please contact by email only: Fr Carmen OFM at firstname.lastname@example.org
Details on the poster (pdf) at this link.
Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon: July 14-17, 2016, with Marylyn Barone, iconographer.
Each student will write an icon of the Nativity of our Lord on a gesso covered board, using a prepared prototype and 23k gold-leaf gilding, learning techniques for painting details. Cost: $250 includes all materials and Friday and Saturday lunch.
Room and board available at additional cost.
For details, please contact Fr Carmen OFM at email@example.com
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.