Holy Dormition Friary

Byzantine Catholic, Franciscan, quiet refuge, prayer spot

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A refuge off the highway, our chapel is open during the day for quiet prayer. Join us for prayers, for Divine Liturgy, days of recollection, and the annual Pilgrimage for Peace. Private and group retreats available, with overnight rooms for small groups (up to 16). Visit the gift shop. Confessions weekly. Walk the grounds, pray and relax surrounded by God's creation. May God grant you peace!

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What to Expect

What are services like?

The Divine Liturgy is the traditional Eucharist service of the Byzantine Catholic Church. We also have private confession on Thursday and Friday, a chance to seek reconciliation with God and Church, and to receive brief advice from a priest. The friars (brothers in residence) pray Matins (morning prayer) and Vespers (evening prayer) most days, taken from the Byzantine Eastern Christian tradition. We have occasional other prayer services. Almost everything is chanted, plainly or to simple melodies. We welcome visitors to participate as they are comfortable. Most of our prayer is either Scriptural or is poetry and hymns that use mostly Scriptural images.

What is the community like?

There are four brothers in residence (friars/monks), two are also priests. Most of the people who regularly attend our services come for Divine Liturgy on the weekends and feastdays. Most people staying on retreat -- families with children, young or older adults -- will also join us for services while they are here. Those who are experienced in serving at the altar or in reading the Epistle or cantoring are welcome to volunteer to assist.

What if I'm not a Christian?

Non-Christians are welcome to visit and take quiet refuge in our chapel off the highway. You are welcome to sing and participate as you are comfortable, but only not to receive Communion, since that is a sacrament reserved to those who are Christians in communion with the Catholic Church (Roman Catholic, Byzantine Catholic, etc). People of all walks of faith have found our place to be a welcome and reflective spot for prayer, walks, contemplation, and peace.

Our Services

Sunday: 08:00am
Thursday: 03:00pm
Friday: 03:00pm
Saturday: 08:00am and 05:00pm

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PO Box 270
Sybertsville, PA 18251-0270

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Our Services

Sunday 08:00am: Divine Liturgy
Thursday 03:00pm: Confession / Reconciliation
Friday 03:00pm: Confession / Reconciliation
Saturday 08:00am: Divine Liturgy
Saturday 05:00pm: Divine Liturgy

Church Leader

Fr Laurian OFM

Fr Laurian OFM

Fr Laurian, OFM, has served two decades in the Philippines as a missionary, working in education and pastoral work. After his return to the USA, he served in a large parish in the Chicago region. He now gives retreats and assists in various parishes for sacramental and preaching ministry.

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