Very Rev. David M. Petras
Date of Birth: August 28, 1941; East Cleveland, OH
Maple Heights, Ohio, 1946-1959 St. Therese Grade School, Grades 1-6 Maple Heights Junior High and High School, Grades 7-10 Holy Name High School, Cleveland, Grades 11-12
B. A., Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, 1963 [resident at Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh] S. T. L., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1967 S. E. O. D., (Doctorate in Eastern Church Studies), Pontifical Oriental Institute, Thesis: The Typicon of the Patriarch Alexis the Studite: Novgorod-St. Sophia 1136. Course work completed, 1970 Defense, Rome, 1982 Thesis Published, Cleveland, 1991
Service to the Church:
Ordained to the Priesthood, August 27, 1967 at St. Eugene’s Church, Bedford, Ohio by the Most Rev. Stephen J. Kocisko
September, 1967-February, 1970: Doctoral studies in Liturgy, Pontifical Oriental Insitute, Rome February, 1970-June, 1970:
Assistant Chancellor, Eparchy of Parma, in residence at Holy Spirit Church, Parma
June 1970-August, 1972: Pastor, Dormition Church, Akron, Ohio
September, 1972-August, 1978: Pastor, Christ the King Church, Taylor, Michigan
September, 1978-August, 1980: Instructor in Liturgy and Moral Theology, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
September, 1980-July, 1990:Pastor, Dormition Church, Akron, Ohio
August, 1990-October, 1995: Pastor, St. Nicholas Croatian Church, Cleveland, Ohio
September, 1992-October, 1995: Administrator, Holy Ghost Church, Cleveland, Ohio
September 1995-July, 2013 : Director of Spiritual Formation; Professor of Liturgy, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
Ordained Archpriest, February 8, 2004, St. John’s Cathedral, Param, OH by the Most Rev. John M. Kudrick
August 1, 2013 – retired, residence in Phonenix, Arizona
August, 1979-August, 1980: Academic Dean, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
September, 1980-June, 1988: Adjunct Professor of Liturgy and Moral Theology, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
August, 1982-February, 1985: Diocesan Director of Continuing Education of Priests:
1983-1985: Liaison, Emmaus Program, Eparchy of Parma
February, 1985-September, 1993: Chairman, Priestly Life Commission, Eparchy of Parma February,
1985- : Chairman, Liturgy Commission, Eparchy of Parma (inactive)
February, 1985, Member, Board of Consultors, Eparchy of Parma (relieved)
February, 1985- : Member, Clergy Education Board, Eparchy of Parma (relieved)
July, 1985-February, 1986: Leave of absence from parish duties to write, Light for Life, an adult catechesis sponsored by the Eastern Catholic Bishops of America
August, 1988- : Director of Seminary Education and Priestly Formation, Eparchy of Parma August, 1988-94: Adjunct Professor of Liturgy and Byzantine Studies, St. Mary’s Seminary, Cleveland
August, 1992- : Member, Presybteral Council, Eparchy of Parma (relieved)
September, 1993- : Member, Clergy Life Commission, Eparchy of Parma (relieved)
September, 1993- : Director of Ecumenical Affairs, Eparchy of Parma (relieved)
March, 1995- : Member, Building Commission, Eparchy of Parma (relieved)
July, 1995- : Member, Intereparchial Liturgy and Music Commission
2014- ; On-line Professor, Byzantine Catholic Seminary
January, 1984- : Member, North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation
May, 2000 – 2008: National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Offiers (NADEO) Board Member, Representative of Region XIV
1976, North American Academy of Liturgy – 2002, Candidate for office of Delegate for Seminars 1985,
Catholic Theological Society of America 1986,
Society of Eastern Liturgists
Ambon Prayers, (privately published, 1972)
Ambon Prayers (Fairfax, VA: Eastern Christian Publications, 2000) Confirmation in the American Catholic Church: A Byzantine Perspective, Washington: NCDD Resource Paper, 1980.
Eastern Catholic Churches in America, Office of Religious Education, Parma, Ohio, 1987 Revised and updated in To the Ends of the Earth (Pittsburgh, PA: God With Us Publications, 1997)
“The Liturgical Theology of Marriage,” Diakonia 16,3 (1981), 225-237.
“The Individual and Cathechesis,” Diakonia 20,3 (1986), 152-174.
“The Liturgical Life of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Church: Its Past and Future,” Diakonia 25,1 (1992), 61-96.
“Chrismation in the Byzantine Church,” Focus on Catechetical Leadership 4,5 (November/December 1992), 3.10-12.
“The Sunday of Pascha,” in: Following the Star From the East. Essays in Honor of Archimandrite Boniface Luykx, ed. by Andriy Chirovsky (Ottawa, Chicago, Lviv: The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Cahristian Studies: St. Paul University, 1992.
“The Ecumenical Status of the Eastern Catholic Churches,” The Greek Orthodox Theological Review 37, 3-4 (1992), 349-381.
“The Balamand Statement and Hierarchial Reception,” Eastern Churches Journal 1,2 (Summer 1994), 69-88.
Light for Life: Part One: The Mystery Believed, (Principal Contributor), ed. by Fred Saato and Kent Plowman, Pittsburgh, PA: God with Us Publications, 1994.
“Knowledge of the Eastern Tradition,” in Diakonia 2,2 (Summer 1995), 219-221.
Light for Life: Part Two: The Mystery Celebrated (Principal Contributor), ed. by Fred Saato and Kent Plowman, Pittsburgh, PA: God with Us Publications, 1996.
“East Meets West: Ecumenical Connections,” in Ecumenical Trends, 24, 7 (July/August 1995), 3-7.
“Mary in Eastern Liturgical Tradition,” in Liturgical Ministry 6 (Winter 1997), 11-20.
“Balamand: Catholic and Orthodox Identity,” in Eastern Churches Journal 4, 1 (1997), 29-52.
“An Ecumenical Commentary: The Union of Uzhhorod,” in Eastern Churches Journal 4, 3 (1997), 55-76
“The Gospel Lectionary of the Byzantine Church,” in St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 41, 2-3 (1997), 113-140.
“The Vitality of Tradition: Insight from the East,” in Diakonia 31,3 (1998), 157-166.
“Ut Unum Sint: The Imperative of Ecumenism,” in Orientale Lumen II Conference Proceedings – 1998 (Washington, DC, 1998)
Consultor and contributor to: Worship Music: A Concise Dictionary, edited by Edward Foley (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 2000)
“A Survey of the Liturgical Translations of the Byzantine Catholic Metropolia,” Logos 39, 2-4 (1998), 241- 260.
“The Public Recitation of the Presbyteral Prayers,” Eastern Churches Journal, 8, 2 (2001), 97-106.
“Issues: Light of the East: One Decade Later,” One (September 2005), 11-13.
“The Hearing of the Eucharistic Anaphora by the People,” Panagiotis Trembelas, originally in Léglise et les Églises. Collectio Irénikon. Etudes et travaux sur l’Unite Chrétien offerts a Dom Lambert Beaudin (Collections de Chevetogne 1955, Vol. 2, 207-220) translated from the French in Eastern Churches Journal 8,2 (2001), 81-96.
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Basil Shereghy, in Worship 46,2 (1972), 120-121. The Byzantine Slav Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Casimir Kucharek, in Worship 46,5 (1972), 320-322. The Byzantine Divine Liturgy, by Meletius Michael Solovey, in Worship 46,10 (1972), 625-626. The Power of the Word: In the Worshiping Church, by John Breck, in Worship 61,6 (1987), 560-562. The Illuminating Icon, by Anthony Ugolnik, in Worship 64,4 (1990), 372-374 Ecumenismo e Catechesi, Segretariato Attività Ecumeniche, in Journal of Ecumenical Studies 28:1 (Winter 1991), 136-137 Russia, Ritual and Reform, by Paul Meyendorff, in Worship 68, 4 (1994), 381-383 Chiesa cattolica e Ortodossia russa, by Angelo Tamborra, in Journal of Ecumenical Studies 31,3-4 (1994), 377-378.
Conferences – Addresses
Canon Law Society of America (Midwest Regional Meeting) – Invited speaker, “Baptism in the Byzantine Tradition,” – unpublished paper Weathersfield Institute, New York – October, 1996 “Liturgy and Spirituality,” – unpublished paper Society for Catholic Liturgy (invited guest) – September 1997 Paper – “The Vitality of Tradition: Insight from the East,” (Publication info: 9 below) Orientale Lumen Conferences – June 1997 – 1998 – 1999 1998 – Paper, “Ut Unum Sint: The Imperative of Ecumenism,” (to be published in Proceedings) Translation Symposium, Stamford, CT – June 1998 Paper – supra – “A Survey of the Liturgical Translations of the Byzantine Catholic Metropolia,” Logos 39, 2-4 (1998), 241- 260. (Discussion appended) Notre Dame Conference on the Eastern Church October 1999 – Presented paper, “The Liturgy and the Trinity” October 2001 – Respondent to lecturer Rev. Michael Woost