The February 2nd Feast of the Meeting of our Lord with Simeon provided the perfect setting for the Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD, MSEd, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, along with the staff and seminarians of St. Paul Seminary to visit the community of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius.
The Divine Liturgy of the Feast was celebrated at 5 PM in the Seminary chapel by the B.C.S. rector, Fr. Robert Pipta, and concelebrating priests. Bishop Zubik attended in choir and, along with the St. Paul Seminary community, was attentive to, engaged in, and prayerfully present for the Byzantine tradition Eucharist.
A simple yet delicious meal followed the Divine Liturgy in the Seminary refectory. Fr. Tom Sparacino, rector of St. Paul Seminary, along with his staff and students were helping the Church breath with both its eastern and western lungs as Seminary formational and mentoring experiences were shared, compared, confirmed, and affirmed. A tour of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary followed dinner.
This encounter was part of the annual practice of mutual visitations between St. Paul and Ss. Cyril and Methodius seminaries.