OF THE EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES
OF THE U.S.A. and CANADA
“TOGETHER IN CHRIST”
Clergy and Laity in the vineyard of Christ….
“DIVERSITY IN MINISTRY; UNITY IN MISSION”
SPIRITUALITY OF DISCIPLESHIP:
A CALL TO HOLINESS
EASTERN CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES FOR THE
PEOPLE OF GOD LIVING THE GOSPEL.
“All you who have been baptized into Christ,
have put on Christ. Alleluia"
ONE CONFERENCE IN THREE LOCATIONS!
ONE THEME! ONE PURPOSE! ONE VOICE!
September 20-23, 2012 Mid-West Cleveland, OH
October 11-14, 2012 East Hillsborough, NJ
November 1-4, 2012 West Los Angeles, CA
“Encounter” takes its cue from the meeting of Simeon and Anna with the new-born Christ. They met the Savior and through Him saw salvation in the “light of revelation” contained in Him.
In 1999 and 2006 Encounters were held for Eastern Catholic Churches in Boston and Chicago. These meetings were first planned by Rome—and were open to bishops and a few invited clergy. The second series was planned by our bishops and was open to some invited laity.
Encounter 2012, however is open to anyone interested in spiritual and educational growth.
Encounter 2012 will be convened in three locations across the country—in a span of forty-five days.
Encounter 2012 is sponsored by the Eastern Catholic Bishops. This Encounter extends an invitation to all in the United States and Canada to participate in a session convenient for them.
All will focus on one theme: “Together in Christ—The Spirituality of Discipleship: A Call to Holiness”.
First of the three is in Independence, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, from September 20-23. This is mainly for those in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and the Chicagoland area—or elsewhere in the Mid-West.
Second in the series is convenient to the East Coast, the New York-New Jersey area and New England. It will be in Hillsboro, New Jersey, October 11-14.
Third in the series is set in the Los Angeles area: November 1-4. Persons on the West Coast or Southwest especially are invited here.
Three locations were chosen to accommodate the widely-spread population of Eastern Catholics, giving some consideration that cross-country travel might not have been possible for all who wished to join the Encounter experience.
All three will have similar schedules. Arrival is expected by Friday evening—and departure after Sunday brunch. Each day there will be prayer services in several of the various liturgical traditions—Armenian; Byzantine—Melkite, Ro-manian, Ruthenian, Ukrainian; Syriac—Chaldean. Maronite, Syriac, Syro-Mal-abar and Syro-Malankara.
Four plenary sessions at each gathering will address: 1) Who is the Church; 2) Activity of the Royal Priesthood: Lay Leadership in the Church; 3) The “How” and “What” of Lay Leadership: “Put on Christ”; 4) Blueprint for Church Growth. Excellent presenters have been chosen—and announced when all acceptances have been confirmed.
Clergy who have weekend obligations will have a special program presented Thursday or Friday evening.
Members of St Nicholas Eparchy interested in attending may choose any of the three. Most will probably be attracted to the Cleveland area or to the site within the eparchy, in Los Angeles.
Registration is $75.00 per person (or, for five or more from one parish, $50.00 each, with early reservation). Hospitality and meals are included. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of each participant. Special hotel rates are available. As with any similar event, vendors of Eastern Christian books, icons and other wares are invited to display and sell their goods.
Details will soon be available to ep-archial offices. Interested persons are to check with their pastors or the Bishop's Chancery.
As one of the sponsoring hierarchs, Bishop Richard encourages each parish to have some representation at at least one of the three venues.
Bulletin announcements are to be forthcoming from the regional coordinators: Ohio: Sr Marion Dobos; New Jersey: Fr Edward Cimbala; and Fr Justin Rose, California.
The bishops have entrusted the planning to a national committee that includes Bishop Nicholas (Samra); Very Rev Gregory Noga, Fr John Lucas and Dr Barbara Lutz.
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