58th Annual Diocesan Assembly, Hosted by Holy Trinity Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 01/27/22

St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem was well represented at this two day event with the Fr. Nikolai Breckenridge, Parish Priest, Ann Marie Bretz, Lay Delegate Representative, Barry Bretz, Alternate / Diocesan Assembly Photographer, and Jenifer Bzik, Observer.

Day 1 started with the registration of the parish priests, delegates, and invited guests.  The start of this two day event always begins with the renewing of old friendships.  The meeting started with “O Heavenly King…” and the committee meetings/reports began for this two day Diocesan Assembly.  A wonderful dinner was hosted by the parishioners of Holy Trinity, followed by Great Vespers with Memorial Litya.  Due to the threat of forecasted inclement weather, Session 3, originally scheduled for Friday, January 28th, was completed on Thursday, January 27th, after Vespers.  The evening concluded with a wine and cheese reception provided by our hosts, Holy Trinity, where new friendships were started.

Day 2 of the 58th Annual Diocesan Assembly began with a Divine Liturgy concelebrated by the Chancellor, Fr. Martin Browne, with other priests of the diocese.  After the Liturgy, Archbishop Mark, thanked Fr. Innocent Neal and Holy Trinity faithful for hosting the Assembly.  Since the Official Assembly Business had ended on Thursday, January 27th, a brunch was served and everyone said their “Good Byes”, and headed for home.

The host for next year’s 59th Annual Diocesan Assembly will be St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, January 26 & 27, 2023.