Diocese of New York and Washington, D.C. News


Metropolitan Philip Celebrates Divine Liturgy and Trisagion Prayers in Memory of Patriarch Ignatius IV

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On Sunday, December 16, 2012, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip celebrated the Divine Liturgy and a Trisagion Service in for His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn. The cathedral was filled to capacity with many dignitaries and faithful from the greater New York area. His Grace Bishop Nicholas assisted His Eminence, along with The Very Rev. Thomas Zain, The Very Rev. Dimitri Darwich, Fr. Charles Baz, Fr. Adrian Budica, Archdn. Emile Sayegh and Dn. Andre Elhajj.

Metropolitan Philip to Hold Special Trisagion (Memorial) Service in Memory of Patriarch Ignatius IV

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NYSt. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NYHis Eminence, Metropolitan Philip will hold a Trisagion (Memorial) Service for our departed father of thrice-blessed memory, Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY.

Orthros begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy followed by the Trisagion Prayers of Mercy celebrated by Metropolitan Philip and assisted by His Grace, Bishop Nicholas of Brooklyn and the Cathedral clergy beginning at 10:30 am.

Representatives of sister Orthodox Churches and other religious communities have been invited as well as members of the diplomatic corps. For questions regarding the service you may contact the Vicar-General, Archpriest Thomas Zain at frthomasz@antiochian.org. For directions to the Cathedral, see the Cathedral website.

Registration Still Open for Middle School Retreat at the Village on Dec. 14-16

St. Herman Middle School Retreat at Antiochian Village

  • For students in grades 5 – 8
  • "Reading the Holy Scriptures: Weaving Ourselves into the History of God's Love," with Fr. Noah Bushelli
  • Retreat package: $90.00 per student, including lodging and meals at the Conference Center

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Helen Thomas Receives Antonian Gold Medal

On Friday October 12th, 2012, the Antiochian Heritage Foundation hosted its first annual Person of the Year Award Banquet. The purpose of the gathering was to honor renowned journalist Helen Thomas by bestowing on her the Antonian Gold Medal, the highest honor of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. The event took place at Kogok Hall in Ss. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Potomac, Maryland. The following is an account of the evening given by committee member Tammy Ilyas Alvarez:

It was an event to remember for both the honoree, Journalist Helen Thomas, and the many faithful friends, admirers and family members who were there as a testament to this most deserving member of our community. Many present had traveled great distances including from overseas to participate in the tribute. Among the many attendees present were distinguished VIP’S from the White House and the State Department, as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps and visiting clergy.

The electrifying evening was both emotional and exciting. More than 300 guests greeted Helen as she maneuvered her way through the crowd of well wishers gathered to congratulate her on receiving an honor, which has only been bestowed on a very select, deserving few.

The Very Reverend Father George Rados, Pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul gave the invocation. Throughout the evening, a professionally produced video gave us a glimpse of the life and work of the famous Helen Thomas. The speakers paid tribute to Helen Thomas and her remarkable accomplishments as a pacesetter for women during an era when women’s qualifications and talents were not recognized as equal to those of their male counterparts. Helen defied the odds without allowing adversity to stand in her way.

Memory Eternal! + Khouria Shirley Schneirla

Memory Eternal!

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

Please join me in praying a rope for the repose of the soul of Khouria Shirley Schneirla, who fell asleep in Christ on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at age 89. She was the wife of the highly esteemed Fr. Paul Schneirla, to whom condolences may be sent via fpwrite@earthlink.net

The daughter of Dorothy Downing Dillon Page and Donald Ormsby Page, Kh. Shirley was born on June 27, 1923 in New York City. A longtime resident of Far Hills and New York, she was the great-granddaughter of John Forrest Dillon, one time chief justice of the New York Supreme Court, and the granddaughter of William H. Page, attorney and a former president of the New York Athletic Club. She received her early education in France and England, attended the Hewitt School in New York, and was graduated in 1941 from the Wickham Rise School in Washington, Connecticut.

Khouria Shirley married William Sutfin Schneirla in June, 1942. Converts to the Orthodox Church, her husband was ordained into the priesthood of the Church and was both pastor for 50 years at St. Mary’s in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and a professor of Old Testament at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. She served on various church, inter-Orthodox, and ecumenical committees and initiatives. She was the mother of Dorothy Downie Orrill (dorrill3@comcast.net) and Peter Christian Schneirla, and the late William Sutfin Schneirla, Jr., and the sister of the late Donald Ormsby Page, Jr. May Kh. Shirley be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.

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Wednesday, November 7, St. Vladimir's Seminary Hosts Missions Presentation

Many Orthodox faithful are unaware that there are 338 Orthodox churches in Guatemala, with 200,000 faithful and catechumens, and that hundreds of Latin Americans continue to leave the Roman Catholic Church on a daily basis, seeking other religious experiences, including worship within the liturgical services of the Orthodox Church. With this as a backdrop, St. Vladimir's Seminary is hosting a presentation by two dynamic priests who are at the center of this phenomenon, on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m.: "Mission to Guatemala: Receiving the Mayan People into the Orthodox Church." The Very Rev. Archimandrite Dr. Andres Girón de Leon and The Very Rev. John Chakos will be guest lecturers, sharing first hand their missionary activities among the indigenous people of Guatemala. The presentation will be in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building on campus.

Download flyers, and read biographical information about both speakers, on the St. Vladimir's Seminary website.

Patriarch Attends Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY

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His Beatitude, IGNATIUS IV, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East presided at the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY on October 21, 2012. This was the highlight of his short visit to the United States. The Patriarch, accompanied by His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP and His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS (who celebrated the liturgy), arrived about 10 am on a warm autumn day as the church bells filled the streets around the Cathedral. The Cathedral Dean and Vicar-General of the Archdiocese, Archpriest Thomas Zain, greeted the Patriarch at the door of the vestibule and presented the Patriarch with the Gospel book to venerate. As His Beatitude made his way down the center aisle of the Cathedral, scores of people reached out to him for his blessing as the chanters, led by seminarian Rassem El-Massih, chanted the 9th ode of the Palm Sunday Canon, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord . . . . " After blessing the faithful, the Patriarch ascended the throne, the priests took his blessing and vested for the liturgy as Orthros continued with the Patriarch leading the chanting of the Katavasias.

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Education Day October 6th Explores Judeo-Christian Themes in Literature

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] Enter the worlds of Narnia, Middle Earth, and Panem on Saturday, October 6, 2012 on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, as the school celebrates its annual open house and fall festival, “Orthodox Education Day.” This year’s theme—“Inklings of Glory: Godward Journeys with Lewis and Tolkien”—opens doors to literary treasures with Judeo-Christian themes, including the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and the blockbuster movie and phenomenal book, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

What can crowds expect? Expert presentations about British authors Lewis and Tolkien; an icon exhibit of saints of the British Isles, with a special print display of icons by Sr. Joanna [Reitlinger], instructor of famed iconographers Fr. Gregory Krug and Leonid Ouspensky; Irish dancers from the Inishfree School of Irish Dance; book discussion groups for teens and young adults on The Hunger Games, and for older adults on The Abolition of Man; a concert of sacred music; and a children’s activity tent, with games and handicrafts—plus fabulous international foods!

Services for the day will include Divine Liturgy, an Akathist dedicated to St. Anna (served in front of the weeping icon of St. Anna from St. Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA), a Panikhida (memorial service) for departed loved ones, and Vespers. His Eminence The Most Rev. Tikhon, archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, will preside at the liturgical services. As usual, the chapel and campus bookstore will be open to the public throughout the day.

Admission to the grounds is free; directions and a full program schedule may be viewed here.

Banquet in Honor of Journalist Helen Thomas + Potomac, MD

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His Eminence Metropolitan Philip has bestowed the Antonian Gold Medal upon renowned journalist Helen Thomas. For the occasion, a banquet will be held in her honor at Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church Hall in Potomac, Maryland on Friday, October 12, 2012. The event will commence with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30.

The evening will feature an invocation by Very Rev. Fr. George Rados of Ss. Peter and Paul, an introduction by Economos Antony Gabriel of St. George, Montreal; remarks by friends of Helen Thomas; the presentation of the Award; and a benediction by Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Rahal of St. George, Washington D.C. Other special guests will include Ambassador Ted Kattouf, Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, Hon. George Salem, Warren David (President of ADC), and former White House Interpreter Camille Nowfel.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Antiochian Heritage Foundation in Helen Thomas' honor. For reservations please contact either the Law Offices of Albert Mokhiber at 703-391-9898; or Mona at Ss. Peter and Paul Church at 301-765-9188.

Eastern Dioceses Hold Clergy Retreat: "The Spiritual Life of the Pastor"

2012’s clergy retreat for the Eastern Dioceses (the Dioceses of New York and Washington, D.C.; and of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic), held from September 17-21, centered on the spiritual life of the pastor. Its keynote speaker was the distinguished Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Dr. Veniamin spoke with thoughtful and true words about spiritual renewal, but “beyond that,” he said, the retreat was really about “inspiration: the art of inspiration in the Orthodox patristic tradition.”

Register Now for Orthodox Institute 2012

Registrations will be accepted until October 30, but PLEASE HELP US OUT BY REGISTERING TODAY!
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Now is the time to register for the Orthodox Institute 2012: Culture. Morality. Spirituality. Held at Antiochian Village, Ligonier, PA, on November 1–4, this year's conference will survey current cultural views, beliefs of the church, and the challenges facing young people. Registration is open until October 14. Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Bouteneff of St. Vladimir's Seminary will be joined by Featured Presenters Dr. Vigen Guroian (University of Virginia) and Dr. Philip Mamalakis (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology). The conference offers panel discussions, lectures, and fellowship for Orthodox educators, parents and clergy.

St. Romanos the Melodist Choir Completes Two Week Tour at St. Nicholas Cathedral

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The St. Romanos the Melodist Choir from the Archdiocese of Beirut completed their two week tour at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY before a capacity crowd of over 450, on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Six hierarchs, numerous priests and deacons, and two counsels general from Lebanon and Cyprus, filled the cathedral for a night to remember.

To begin the concert, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP offered words of welcome, and then the choir of twelve men, led by Father Romanos Joubran, mesmerized the crowd with their beautiful music for a hour. After a short break, Part Two began with a special guest appearance by the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Then, to top the evening off, both choirs performed several hymns—first antiphonally, and then in unison.

Following the program, His Eminence Archbishop DEMETRIOS of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America presented Fr. Romanos and the group with a beautiful icon of St. Romanos the Melodist on a large polished stone. Metropolitan PHILIP then thanked both choirs, and all present gave the choirs a standing ovation.

Eastern Dioceses 2012 Fall Delegates Meeting

Eastern Dioceses 2012 Fall Delegates Meeting
October 12-14, 2012
Diocese of New York and Washington D.C.
Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic
Hosted by St. George Church, Danbury, CT
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Deadline for registration is Friday, October 5, 2012. Please mail a registration form (PDF) with your check to: St. George Orthodox Church Delegates Meeting, 125 Kohanza Street, Danbury, CT 06811.

Saturday night will be an international dinner featuring homemade foods from several different countries, as well as a hafli and dance featuring Arabic and American music.

St. George Church has set aside a block of rooms at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Danbury, CT. For more information and directions, please download this hotel registration information PDF.

Fellowship of St. John Hosts September Retreat

“Run to Receive the Prize”

The 6th Annual Inter-Orthodox Young Adult Retreat

September 14-16, 2012

at

St. George Orthodox Church

                                           55 Emmonsdale Rd., West Roxbury, MA 02132

                                             Keynote Speaker: His Grace Bishop +Anthony Michaels

Hamelat El-Teeb Celebrates 95th Anniversary

Hamelat El-Teeb 95th anniversary celebrantsHamelat El-Teeb 95th anniversary celebrantsBy Fr. Thomas Zain

Sunday, June 24th, 2012, our Ladies Hamelat El-Teeb (Myrrh-Bearer's) Society celebrated their 95th anniversary. His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS of Brooklyn presided at the liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist and at the luncheon at Beebo Restaurant following the liturgy attended by more than 40 people. At the conclusion of the liturgy, everyone remembered the departed members of the Hamelat El-Teeb and sang "Many Years" to the living members.

His Grace addressed the ladies and all present at the luncheon, reminding them of the great importance of their work in the Church and, most important of all, their work in raising children to be God-fearing Christians. Quoting St. John Chrysostom, he reminded the ladies that the home is a small church and that, while society often downplays and diminishes the importance of raising children, the Church extols this great virtue.

Parish Life Conferences on Coasts, Close Out Season

Archbishop Joseph with Oratorical teensArchbishop Joseph with Oratorical teensSt. Anthony Orthodox Church of Bergenfield New Jersey is hosting the faithful and clergy of the Dioceses of Charleston and New York at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, over the long weekend beginning on July 4th. His Grace Bishop Thomas will preside over the Parish Life Conference (PLC), which promises "Fun, Fellowship and Worship!" and is featuring such events as a talent show, a teen sporting competition, and a workshop titled "Enliven to Christ." (Download the full schedule.)

On the opposite site of the country, the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, with the oversight of Archbishop Joseph and sponsorship of the Church of the Redeemer, is hosting their PLC at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel. Kids up to age 12 will enjoy the PandaMania! Vacation Bible School Program, the Keynote Speaker will be Bishop Anthony, and the SOYO attendees will participate in a youth community service event. More details are available here.

St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale to Perform in New York City

from the St. Vladimir's Seminary website:

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Join us for an exquisite evening of liturgical music sung in the traditional styles of Orthodox Christian churches worldwide. In a multi-media program that interweaves luminous icons, sacred texts, and a rich a cappella sound, the St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale will perform ORIENT: Sacred Song and Image at the famous St. Malachy's,"The Actors' Chapel," in the heart of Manhattan, at 239 West 49th Street, New York City. This stirring concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The concert program will include pieces from the broader Orthodox tradition sung in their original languages— Greek, Georgian, Estonian, Slavonic—as well as choral music by Orthodox composers written for the concert hall. Two visual projections—one of images of Orthodox icons and the other of translations of musical texts—will run simultaneously as the chorale sings. Icons, music, and text will expound one another, just as they do within the Orthodox liturgy. The concert will combine the best elements of a professional choral performance with the depth and authenticity of the Orthodox liturgical experience, resulting in a truly beautiful multimedia artistic performance, and a full, authentic vision of the Orthodox Christian faith.

Eastern Dioceses College Scholarship Application Due June 1st

The Eastern Dioceses 2012 College Scholarship Application is now available for download. This scholarship application is intended only for parishioners from churches that are within the Eastern Dioceses. If you wish to participate in the application process, please complete the application and be sure to include all required materials. All information must be accurately completed and returned by June 1, 2012.

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Bishop Nicholas Visits St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn

Bishop Nicholas with the faithful of St. NicholasBishop Nicholas with the faithful of St. NicholasSt. Nicholas Cathedral, along with Orthodox Churches throughout the world, celebrated the Feast of our Lord's Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem on April 8, 2012. A full Cathedral welcomed His Grace, Bishop Nicholas for the first time on Palm Sunday, and the weather was befitting the feast. It was a great celebration before entering in the solemnity of Great and Holy Week in the evening.

View the photo gallery on St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral's website.


Bishop Nicholas Visits St. Vladimir's Seminary

Bishop Nicholas with Chancellor Fr. Chad Hatfield (left) and Dean Fr. John Behr (right) in front of Three Hierarchs Chapel on campus.Bishop Nicholas with Chancellor Fr. Chad Hatfield (left) and Dean Fr. John Behr (right) in front of Three Hierarchs Chapel on campus.from the St. Vladimir's Seminary website:

This spring [the St. Vladimir's Seminary] community was blessed by a campus visit from His Grace Nicholas (Ozone), auxiliary bishop for Brooklyn, and assistant to His Eminence Philip, archbishop of New York and metropolitan of All North America, of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA), headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey. It was Bishop Nicholas's first time here, and he was visiting in his capacity as the hierarch responsible for overseeing the education of students enrolled in seminaries, and in particular, for overseeing the Ordination Review Board of the Archdiocese.

"We had a wonderful and positive discussion," remarked seminary Dean Archpriest John Behr, "on all sorts of aspects regarding the seminarians and their education, and we look forward to working ever more closely with the Archdiocese."

Likewise, seminary Chancellor and CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield noted, "I was impressed with his theological insights and great interest in what he saw as the 'unique SVOTS approach to theological education'."

Bishop Nicholas was ordained to the episcopacy in December 2011 by His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV. Read a full biography of Bishop Nicholas here.

Public Lenten Retreat at St. Vladimir's Seminary

Dr. Vigen GuroianDr. Vigen GuroianMarch 7, 2012

[SVOTS Communications, Yonkers, NY]  Dr. Vigen Guroian, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, will lead the annual public lenten retreat this year at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY, on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The retreat will begin with Divine Liturgy in Three Hierarchs Chapel at 9 a.m., followed by a lenten brunch, and two presentations by Dr. Guroian, to be held in the John G. Rangos Family Building.

Dr. Guroian has authored of a number of books, many on morality and ethics, and many that are meditative in content, such as Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening. Dr. Guroian will base the content of this year's retreat on his latest book, Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key (Eerdmans, 2010).

The price of registration is $10 (with brunch) or free (without brunch), but all participants must register. See the seminary’s Website for more details: www.svots.edu.

St. Nicholas Cathedral Hosts Annual Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

On Sunday, March 4, 2012, St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York hosted the annual Pan-Orthodox Vespers service celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy. His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Brooklyn presided at the service and was guest speaker. Over 20 priests and deacons from the greater New York area were present. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a Lenten meal and fellowship in the Cathedral hall.

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Lenten Retreat + St. Mary Church, Brooklyn, NY

Theme: Reflections on the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian 

Saturday, March 10th, 2012
St. Mary’s Church
81st Street and Ridge Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY
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The Fellowship of St. John the Divine invites you to a Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Featuring keynote speakers Dr. Anthony Bashir, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Boston MA, Co-Chair, Department of Lay Ministry; and Dr. John Dalack, clinical psychologist and Co-Chair, Department of Lay Ministry.

Retreat begins at 10am with Morning Prayers followed by a Continental Breakfast. Session I with Drs. Bashir & Dalack followed by Lunch Session II followed by Dessert Q&A and ending with Closing Prayers around 4pm.

To register or for more information call the church at 718-238-8008 or email Jenna Zraick at: jennazraick@gmail.com For directions to St. Mary's, visit www.smaoc.org. There is no registration fee but donations are greatly appreciated.

St. Vladimir's Seminary to Host Multimedia Concert in Historic Venue

[SVOTS Communications, Yonkers, NY]  On Monday evening, May 7, 2012, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is hosting an evening of liturgical music sung in the traditional styles of Orthodox Christian churches worldwide. In a multi-media program that interweaves luminous icons, sacred texts, and a rich a cappella sound, the St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale will perform ORIENT: Sacred Song and Image at the famous St. Malachy's,"The Actors' Chapel," in the heart of Manhattan, at 239 West 49th Street, New York City. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The concert program will include pieces from the broader Orthodox tradition sung in their original languages—Greek, Georgian, Estonian, Slavonic—as well as choral music by Orthodox composers written for the concert hall. Two visual projections—one of images of Orthodox icons and the other of translations of musical texts—will run simultaneously as the chorale sings. In this multi-media concert, icons, music, and text will expound one another and combine the best elements of a professional choral performance with the depth and authenticity of the Orthodox liturgical experience.

The chorale will be directed by Hierodeacon Herman, Lecturer in Liturgical Music and Chapel Choir Director at the seminary, and Matushka Robin Freeman, who created the concert format and conducted in its premiere at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2010.

Tickets are $25, and may be purchased online. Limited seating will be available at the door (cash only) the evening of the concert.

Charleston and New York Dioceses Clergy Retreat at Antiochian Village

Under the direction of His Grace Bishop Thomas, twenty-four priests from the Antiochian Dioceses of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic and of New York and Washington gathered together for their annual clergy retreat at the Antiochian Village from September 20th to 23rd, 2011. The priests from last year's retreat selected the V. Rev. Fr. Alexander Atty, Dean of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, as the guest keynote speaker for the week.

Fr. Alexander gave a series of lectures pertaining to “The Priestly Life.” He spoke of the priest as as a spiritual architect, a good shepherd, a confessor, and a husband and father. The priests were very edified by his words that come from many years of experience as a pastor laboring in the vineyard to the glory of God.

In addition to these lectures, several priests gave intimate reflections on their personal experiences in the life in Christ as pastors. Kicking off the retreat, Fr. John Nosal, led a discussion on selected portions of the biography of Fr. Seraphim Rose. Fr. John Dixon, spoke of the priest's rule of prayer as a foundation for his ministry. Fr. Gregory Long, spoke of how to get through the priest's terror of being speechless when he is needed. Fr. Joel Gillam, noted how humbling and edifying it is to meet with fellow priests, while observing how the Lord has manifested Himself in their lives. Fr. Charles Baz, gave a beautiful word on St. Joseph of Damascus, the patron saint of this annual clergy retreat.