Archbishop Skurla visits Penn State University

Divine Liturgy Celebrated on Feast of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Archbishop William Skurla held a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to a large gathering in the Eisenhower Chapel at Penn State University on April 30, the Feast of the Myrrh-Bearing Women.

In addition to the Archbishop, participants included: Very Reverend Andrew J. Deskevich, Protosyncellus and pastor, St. Elias Church, Munhall, Pa.; Father James Ragan and Deacon Dennis Prestash, who serve the PSU community as well as St. Basil Mission in State College, St. John the Baptist Church in Hawk Run, and the Dormition of the Mother of God Church in Clarence.

Also participating was Father Robert F. Oravetz, predecessor of Ragan who currently serves St. Nicholas of Myra in Nanty Glo and Holy Trinity in Conemaugh, Pa.

It was a great reunion for those who loved and remembered Father Bob when he served in this area.

Archbishop William gave a wonderful homily on this feast day and also prayed that the returning students would land great summer jobs so they would have a lot of money to spend when they came back to campus in the fall. He also, lightheartedly, discussed the stages of evolution that college students undergo: from fright
ened freshmen to seniors who are telling their professors how they should run their courses.

After Divine Liturgy a luncheon was held with Father
James and Archbishop William giving the blessing for the wonderful food which was enjoyed by all.