Upcoming Events

St Anthony NovenaSt Anthony

Tuesdays at 7pm April 12 through June 7

Divine Liturgy Monday June 13 at 7pm


Prayer service weekly on Tuesday evenings leading up to the feast of St Anthony of Padua. Join us each Tuesday evening for the novena prayers and then again on Saturday June 13 at 7pm for a Divine Liturgy in honor of St Anthony.

May God grant you peace and all good!


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 at 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Holy Week, March 21-23. We will have Vespers with Divine Liturgy on Holy Thursday at 5pm. The Good Friday Passion Gospel Matins (Strasti) will be at 8am. On March 25 at 3pm, we will have Vespers for Great and Holy Friday with Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Annunciation and the Burial Procession.

Confession, the sacramental mystery of penance and reconciliation, will be celebrated Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Holy Week, March 21-23, 3-4pm and 7-8pm. No confessions on Great and Holy Friday. We resume our usual schedule after Easter Sunday. More information: call 570-788-1212 ext 406.

The Splendor of These Created Things: the Franciscan Vision of St Bonaventure

Brown Bag Day of Recollection: Saturday April 23, 10am-3pm

Presentations by Professor Kevin Hughes of Villanova University

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.

Please register by April 18: contact Joan Pesta at joanpesta@gmail.com or 570-454-4150. Cost: $15.

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.

Link to larger, legal-sized poster here.

While there are no special programs currently scheduled at the friary during the month of May, the friars are holding a Bible study at St John Byzantine Catholic Church in Hazleton:

Bible Study: Telling the Story

at St John Byzantine Church, 20th and Wyoming, Hazleton

Saturdays in May, 10:30am-noon

Our Lady of the Rosary Icon Retreat at Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton

Our Lady of the Rosary

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 jupiterhorizon12@gmail.com

Details on the poster (pdf) at this link.

Christmas in July Icon Retreat

Nativity of Our Lord

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 jupiterhorizon12@gmail.com

Pilgrimage for Peace 2016

Sunday August 7

Details forthcoming. If you would like to help with the pilgrimage for peace, please contact Fr Jerome by email at holydormition@gmail.com.

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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