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Women Banned For Loud Prayers Turn Down the Volume

April 17, 1995

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (AP) _ Two women banned from two churches for praying too loudly worshiped quietly at Easter services at a third church.

The two prayed Saturday night and Sunday morning at the Visitation Roman Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant, about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

``There were no problems. They were very gracious,″ said the Rev. Gregory Premoshis, church pastor.

A judge barred Joan Sudwoj, 43, and Cynthia Balconi, 60, from two churches after complaints they repeatedly disrupted Masses, hymns, confessions and children’s classes by loudly chanting the rosary.

The women were banned from the Holy Cross Church near their home in Youngwood, and the nearby Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested the pair Friday when they tried to enter Blessed Sacrament. A judge released them on their own recognizance.

The women were to appear in court Tuesday to explain why they violated the court order.

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