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Spiritual Education Committee

The parish established a Spiritual Education Committee in 2005, as a response to a need for spiritual education aimed at adults seeking a fuller understanding of the rituals, history, and dogma of our Orthodox faith. Starting in that same year, Lenten retreats have been organized in the spring and autumn or winter of each year, bringing renowned speakers to our parish from all across North America. Attendees were given a book as a gift at each of these retreats; this, in turn, inspired the formal establishment of our Parish Bookstore in 2012.
Please follow our website for news about future retreats and events organized by our committee.

The following retreats have been hosted in the past:

Apr 9/05 – Unlocking the Liturgy; A Study of the Rhythm & Symbolism of the Orthodox Christian Divine Liturgy Reverend Father Andrew Jarmus, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (130 attendees)

Nov 20/05 – Living your Orthodox Faith
Very Reverend Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
Book donated: ‘Orthodoxy – The Way, The Truth and The Life’ (234 attendees)

Apr 1/06 – Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant: What’s the Difference and Does it Matter?
Very Reverend Father Bohdan Hladio, Chancellor, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba (136 attendees)

Dec 2/06 – Repentance & Confession: The Healing of the Soul
Reverend Father Andrew Jarmus, Saint Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute, OCA. Book donated: ‘The Forgotten Medicine – The Mystery of Repentance’ (127 attendees)
Communing with God in Prayer
Very Reverend Archpriest Father Michael Dahulich, Ph.D., Dean of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA, OCA Book donated: ‘The Jordanville Orthodox Prayer Book’ (142 attendees)

Apr 12/08 – The Cross & Resurrection: Through the Cross Joy
Very Reverend Father John Behr, Ph. D., Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, OCA. Book donated: ‘God Speaks from the Cross’ (124 attendees)

Nov 29/08 – Resentment & Forgiveness
Hieromonk Damascene Christensen, The Saint Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Platina, CA
Book donated: ‘Meaning of Suffering, Strife & Reconciliation’ (141 attendees)

Nov 28/09 – Hope in the Lord: Bringing God’s Comfort to those who Suffer
Very Reverend Father Doctor Rodney Torbić, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, PA
Book donated: ‘The Royal Way of the Cross of Our Lord Leading to Eternal Life’ (124 attendees)

Apr 24/10 – Scripture: An Orthodox Perspective
Very Reverend Archpriest Father Michael Dahulich, Ph.D., Dean of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA, OCA. Special Guests the St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Choir. (120 attendees)

Dec 4/10 – Orthodoxy in a Modern World: Passions, Commandments & Practical Spirituality
Mr. Constantine Zalalas, Theologian, St. Nikodemos Publications, Bethlehem, PA
Book donated: ‘The Orthodox Church A to Z’. (132 attendees)

Mar 26/11 – Beatitudes; A Patristic Look into the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Beatitudes
Reverend Father Demetrios Carellas, Archimandrite, Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Saxonburg, PA, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Book: ‘The Kingdom of God’.(182 attendees)

Nov 5/11 – Beatitudes; A Patristic Look into the 4th, 5th and 6th Beatitudes
Reverend Father Demetrios Carellas, Archimandrite, Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Saxonburg, PA, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Book donated: ‘Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives’. (193 attendees)

Mar 31/12 – Beatitudes; A Patristic Look into the 7th, 8th and 9th Beatitudes
Reverend Father Demetrios Carellas, Archimandrite, Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Saxonburg, PA, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Book donated: ‘A Trace in the Sand – A Tale of the Early Martyrs’ (187 attendees)

Apr 13/13 – Living an Orthodox Christian Life
Reverend Father Joachim Parr, Archimandrite, Monastery of St. Mary of Egypt, NY, Russian Orthodox Church. Book donated: ‘The Orthodox Study Bible’(161 attendees)