January 9, 2001 was the date of the first Society regular meeting of the year. The meeting was held at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown. Father David J. Shortt, pastor, spoke about the necessity of Eastern Catholic Churches to return to their authentic roots as full churches in communion with Roman Catholics.
The next regular meeting of the Society was March 13, 2001 at S. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman. Beginning prayer service led by the pastor, Father Andrew Kolitsos, assisted by Fr. Abbot Leo, Fr. George Gage and Fr. Brian Mulcahy. In this year of celebration of the Holy Resurrection on the same day by Orthodox and Catholics, the Society rejoices that our prayer service included Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Catholic clergy. "Journey of East and West to the Resurrection" was the topic addressed by the evenings' speakers: Fr. Kolitsos; Fr. Mulcahy; Fr. Anthony Salim; Fr. Abbot Leo and Dr. Susan Selim.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles was the site of our May 15, 2001 regular meeting. Father MulQueen, assistant priest, spoke on the topic: Religion in America. Four periods of America's religious development were highlighted: 1) Calvinist; 2) The Great Awakening; 3) Irish immigration; 4) Immigration of southern and eastern Europeans.
The Orientale Lumen V conference sponsored by the National Society of Saint John Chrysostom was held in Washington DC in June 2001. The theme this year was "Primacy and Conciliarity." Father David Shortt attended the conference.
The next regular meeting of the Society was July 10, 2001. St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Boardman hosted the meeting. Fr. Anthony Salim introduced his newly published book: Captivated By Your Teachings, a resource book for Maronite Catholics and others. Father David Shortt reported on the Orientale Lumen V conference. Father George Gage, host pastor, spoke on "The Miracle of Damascus." Myrna, a young woman of Damascus Syria, has experienced visions of Jesus and Mary, oozing of holy oil, and the stigmata. Myrna had visited St. Mary's church in the mid-90s.
The regularly scheduled meeting of September 11, 2001 was canceled because of the terrorist attack upon the United States. Prayer services were held throughout the area.
On November 10, 2001 the Society sponsored a full day seminar entitled, "Who Are Eastern Christians?"
This event was in cooperation with the Christian Formation Series of the Office of Religious Education of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. Five credit hours toward certification offered. Speakers included: Richard Mattiussi; Fr. Mikhail (Coptic Orthodox); Fr Vladimir Demshuk (Eastern Orthodox); Msgr. Appleyard (Byzantine Catholic); and Fr. Salim, Maronite Catholic. St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Boardman and Fr. George Gage hosted the seminar. (The Society has 44 members.)