The following recount of the event was offered to us by Fr. Daniel Meyer the pastor of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church
in Chester County, PA.
Under the direction of His Grace, Bp. THOMAS, twenty-four priests in the Antiochian Archdiocese of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the mid-Atlantic and of the Diocese of New York and Washington gathered together for their annual clergy retreat at the Antiochian Village from September 20th to 23rd.¬†
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 ‚ÄúThe Priestly Life.‚ÄĚ 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 working in the vineyard in the Name of the Lord.¬†
The brotherhood ended the week greatly encouraged and re-invigorated to head back to their parishes, knowing they had the prayers and strengthened friendships of their fellow co-laborers.