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Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church

Dedication of
St. John the Baptist Hall


On Sunday, December 4, 2022, Ascension of Our Lord parish in Williamsburg, Virginia, dedicated the Saint John the Baptist Fellowship Hall to the service of God, the benefit of the people, and the beloved memory of John George Labanish (December 1, 1941 - December 29, 2019).

This addition to the existing Saint Phillip Hall was made possible through the kindness of his devoted wife, Betta Labanish. The added rooms provide needed space for meetings, education and other various parish activities. The Very Reverend Alex Shuter conducted the dedication ceremony, assisted by Reader Adithia Kusno.

For years, John and Betta Labanish have been very active at Ascension of Our Lord parish. John, a retired college professor and avid historian, offered educational lectures for the parish; before he fell asleep in the Lord, John presented a description of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. John and Betta are known for their devotion to the church, sharing their love of art and travel, and their festive musical performances at Italian Dinners hosted by the Men's Club.

May the Lord grant Eternal Memory to His servant, John George Labanish and many blessed years to his wife, Betta.