Diocesan Days 2008 began with special Church services in the Most Holy Mother of God Church filled with Clergy from all over the Eastern Seaboard led by His Grace Dr. Bishop Mitrofan and his guest, His Grace Dr. Longin, beautiful singers in the form of the Shadeland Camp Choir under the direction of V.Rev.Zivojin Jakoljevich from Cleveland's St. Sava parish, and guest participants from colonies far and near who truly enjoyed sharing in the experience.
The old adage of "If you snooze, you loose" can apply to those who missed the wonderful church services and "togetherness-family feeling" that is an integral part of Diocesan Days.
Joyful Bishops Longin and Mitrofan give nafora bread
Thirty (30!) of our finest religious leaders present!
It boggles the mind to think of the talent, education, and wisdom of the ages represented here!
Did you know this was one of the best camps yet?
If they can do all of this NOW, can you imagine them 10 years from now? I know this was in everyone's mind. They were all so good!
"Don't worry. You'll be a star just like them, in just a couple more years....."
Look at this great Serb & his t-shirt! My husband, Gus, would have really loved the modern-designed double-headed eagle with the 4 Cs inside. Great shirt, great kid! Thanks for all your work & help!
You can click the photo of these beauties above to enlarge the picture to see that these lovely young ladies were collecting donations for Shadeland. Please, so many people MISSED putting anything in the envelops that I KNOW it had to just be an oversight and that you all want to help Shadeland remain the BEST it can be. It's never too late. Just send your donations to the Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese on behalf of Shadeland. There's lots of activity going on there..... a fabulous new pavilion, finally a new home for the Mothers, Tetas and Grandmothers who work so hard for the camp children, and new steps have been added in front of the church, along with lots of excavation work for drainage, etc. that we can't see. Shadeland DESERVES our help. If you agree, send your donations. Here's the address (Click below!):
Serbian Orthodox Diocese of
138 Carriage Hill Drive
Mars, PA 16046
Rev. Deacon Dragoslav Kosic
Leaving Shadeland, from my car window....
Wait! We had been to the church, to the picnic grounds, to the Serbian cemetery. I told Natalie I had to make one more stop. There was something else I always wanted to see..... The nearby SPRING Cemetery and the Powell Family graves. The Powells were a VERY wealthy family at the turn of the LAST century, who owned Shadeland previously. They sold horses and people came from all over the world to purchase their stock.
Remember the old saying....
"God in his mercy made it so, together the rich and the poor would go."
I knew without looking that this was the POWELL monument, and all the graves surrounding this obelisk belong to the Powell family.
Howell Powell was the Founder of the Dynasty. He was born near Utica, NY on March 11, 1804 and died at his home, "Shadeland," Feb. 11, 1873.
"He sought the welfare of others, rather than praise."
He was the 4th child of Watkin & Rebecca Powell.
His father there (Utica, NY) married Mrs. Sarah-Morris Nicholas in 1815. They with their families, in 1816, came to "Shadeland," Spring, Crawford County, PA, where they both died Sept...1850, aged 77 and 88 years.
(I've shared as much as I could read)
Sons James Powell (1848-1909) and William Powell (1840-1913) made Shadeland famous.
As I stood here right before leaving, I couldn't help but notice that all these Powells in Heaven had to be joyous in knowing that the music being played at the new Pavilion could be heard right here in this cemetery, from across the glen at their beloved Shadeland. I smiled as I got back into my car to head for home!
Shadeland Memories: 2001
By Milana Karlo Bizic 8/10/01