[ARCHIVED NEWS] Friday, April 13, 2007


Lackawanna, NY - His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN, Diocesan Secretary Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic and twenty parish priests gathered for the Bright Week Clergy Seminar at St.Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York.

Host Priest Very Reverend Stavrofor Rastko Trbuhovich was designated by His Grace to be the featured speaker. The theme was " Priestly Balance of Parish Life and Family Life."

Proto Rastko led a compelling discussion of the topic utilizing a variety of articles addressing life in the parish for the clergy family.

Very Reverend Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovich gave a presentation on his experience in Clinical Pastoral Education(CPE) at Hershey Medical Center in Central Pennsylvania. Proto Srboljub is completing his second year of training, much of it serving families in the trauma unit.

Protonica Victoria Trubuhovich and Savo Cugal were present from the St.Stephen Church along with assisting parishioners to provide the great hospitality.

Paschal Vespers were served on the evening of April 11 with Proto Stevo Rocknage serving and attending clergy singing the responses. His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN officiated at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on April 12 with Proto Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich, Proto Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Proto Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovich, Proto Stevo Rocknage and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic also serving. Attending clergy provided the responses.

Parish priests were in attendance from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Maine. The trip required extensive travel for allof the participants. The joy and educational benefit made the trip worthwhile.

His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN thanked the speakers, the host parish and the clergy for attending.

V. Rev. Dr. Rodney Torbic