"I am the Light of the World" Announced as the Theme for the
2014 Archieparchial Sobor to be Held Saturday, October 25
Philadelphia, Pa.--Metropolitan Stefan Soroka recently announced that "I am the Light of the World" (Jn 8:12) is the theme of the 2014 Archieparchial Sobor which will be held here Saturday, October 25, 2014 in the Cathedral Social Hall on North Franklin Street.
The sobor is an archieparchial assembly of laity, clergy and religious convened by the archbishop to assist the "eparchial bishop in those things which regard the special needs or advantage of the eparchy" according to the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
In the morning session, Metropolitan Soroka will present a summary from the recent surveys on youth, women and evangelization of families. This will be followed by short personal reflections from lay, religious and clergy delegates on Encountering the Light of Christ through: The Word of God and Catechesis, Liturgy and Prayer, Service to our Neighbor, Leadership / Stewardship, Communion / Unity, and Missionary Spirit.
The afternoon session will include small discussion groups on the topics: How will we live the Gospel message and foster vibrant parishes? How will we invite others (former parishioners, family members, neighbors) and welcome them into our parish families?
The sobor will conclude with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Metropolitan Stefan and the clergy of the archeparchy. The theme of the homily will be “You are the Light of the World”(Mt 5: 13-14).
The observations and recommendations from this Archieparchial Sobor will be shared in a Sobor of the Ukrainian Catholic Church which will be held in Ukraine in 2015.