[Archived News] Thursday, January 17, 2008


Pittsburgh, Pa - His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN scheduled the semi-annual Diocesan clergy seminar for January 16 and 17 at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Protonamesnik Rajko Kosic was host priest.

Following Vespers on Wednesday evening, His Grace met briefly with the clergy in attendance to discuss issues of Diocesan interest.

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was served on Thursday morning. In addition to His Grace and Diocese Secretary Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rade Merick Protopresbyter Stevo Rocknage, Protopresbyer Rodney Torbic and Reverend Father Sasa Turkic served.

The seminar focused on the theme of stewardship. Featured speakers included Protopresbyter Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovich, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rastko Trbuhovich and Protopresbyter Stevo Rocknage.

The three speakers represent the parishes in Steelton and Mckeesport, Pennsylvania and Lackawanna, New York. All three parishes are well advanced in using stewardship as a way of increasing the Christian commitment and participation of parishioners.

Twenty two parish priests participated in addition to His Grace and Deacon Dragoslav. Priests traveled long distances. Priests from the District of Columbia and states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida.

Diocesan Deans Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovich and Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba represented the Pittsburgh, Washington and St.Petersburg Deaneries.

Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, Dean of St.Sava Cathedral in New York City was in attendance. In addition of being Cathedral Dean, Proto Majstorovic serves as the President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of North and South America.

The presentations on stewardship inspired a number of questions and generated further interest in stewardship being developed in Diocesan parishes.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN schedules the clergy seminars on a regular basis each year. They serve as a form of continuing education and enable Diocesan clergy to review and discuss topics directly related to parish life.

His Grace thanked the speakers and participating clergy for their contributions and participation in the seminar. His Grace thanked host priest Father Rajko Kosic and the Holy Trinity Cathedral Kolo for the gracious hospitality.

KSS Federation President Millie Radovick, and Holy Trinity Kolo President Joanne Maravich members of their respective families and Dolores Belich worked to ensure the seminar participants had a good visit to the Cathedral on Wednesday evening and Thursday.

V. Rev. Rodney Torbic