Fifteeen cantors attended our annual Day of Prayer at St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church in Munhall, PA on Saturday, October 29. Sister Barbara Mihalchik from Mount Saint Macrina led the retreat, explaining how cantors can improve (or start!) a personal prayer life, using a basic prayer process popularized by Matthew Kelly, author of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic. She also talked with the cantors about using the prayers and hymns of the liturgical cycle to guide their own personal prayer.
The day included lunch, and concluded with a Panachida for all our deceased cantors, celebrated by Father Dennis Bogda of St. John’s Cathedral in Munhall. We hope to have another next year; mid-autumn seems to be the best time. If you have suggestions for a location or retreat leader, please comment under this post!