Bishop Matthias meets with college students, young adults in Wheaton, Illinois

WHEATON, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — Students from Wheaton College, the College of DuPage, and neighboring schools and working young adults welcomed His Grace, Bishop Matthias to Saint Joseph Church here on Friday, February 24, 2012.The gathering was held in conjunction with the observance of February’s Orthodox Youth Month.

In addition to entertaining a variety of questions and discussing the young adults’ desire to participate in a mission trip to Guatemala during the summer 2013, Bishop Matthias addressed the attendees on the importance of acquiring an Orthodox Christian conscience.  He elaborated on several ways by which to put their faith into action, from prayer, fasting and almsgiving to the regular participation in the Church’s worship and sacraments.  He also enjoyed hearing from the students, most of whom embraced Orthodox Christianity as adults, with regard to their individual “journeys to Orthodoxy.”

Saint Joseph parish conducts an active ministry to and by young adults and “20-Somethings,” who are fully involved in the life of the community and its varied ministries, including Church School, the parish’s popular Sunday afternoon “open gym” for children and teens, liturgical music, and outreach/evangelization.  They meet monthly for discussions and fellowship.

Also present from the parish were Fathers John Matusiak, Joseph Kopka, and Mykola Bodnarchuk, and Subdeacon Jerzy Pietrowski.

For additional information on the parish’s college ministry, please call 630-790-1195.

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