Shadeland, PA - With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America the 2008 Diocesan Day celebration was held on Sunday August 3, 2008. Special guest and con-celebrant at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning was His Grace Bishop Longin of the New Gracanica Diocese, assisted by nineteen diocesan clergy and five deacons. Four clergy were also in attendance and not serving, including Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic, the director of the camp who led the children's choir during the liturgy. Mother Ana and Sister Anastasija from Monastery Marcha also attended the diocesan event.
Bishop Mitrophan delivered the homily following the Divine Liturgy addressing the children in particular as Shadeland continues to have a very exciting part in the hearts of children. Using a spiritually edifying story the bishop pointed out to the children, as well as to all the faithful in attendance that morning, the need for every Christian to protect not only their physical bodies but more importantly their souls from corruption and eternal punishment.
The traditional Program put on by the campers was held that afternoon in the newly built pavilion. Bishop Mitrophan, in his remarks at the beginning of the program, pointed out the work that was done in Shadeland this year which included the church, the new pavilion as well as the house still under construction to be used next year for the mothers who help in the kitchen during the season.