2019 Retreats

Women's Retreat: January 25-26, 2019, Friday evening through Saturday afternoon at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. The retreat leader is Mother Macrina of the Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan. She has served the monastery for over 20 years, and is a warm and devout servant of God, and a gifted speaker. More information on the Women's Retreat will be e-mailed out in early January (registration will open January 4).

Men's Retreat: February 22-23, 2019, Friday evening through Saturday afternoon at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. The retreat leader is Rev. Dr. Perry Hamalis, a native Chicagoan who is a professor of religion at North Central College where he teaches courses in Religious and Philosophical Ethics. He is a deacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and has lectured across the U.S., Europe, Korea and Australia.

Lenten Retreat: March 30, 2019, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oak Lawn, IL.  The retreat leader will be Elissa Bjeletich, a wife and mother, raising five daughters.  Elissa converted to Orthodoxy in 1999 and now writes and speaks primarily on parenting and Christian Education.  She is the author of:

    • Blueprints for the Little Church
    • In God's Hands: A mother's journey through her infant's critical illness
    • Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent

She also has two podcasts available on Ancient Faith Radio.

Labor Day Retreat: August 30 - September 1, 2019, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.  Our retreat leader will be Fr. Joisah Trenham, who has served as pastor of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California since 1998.  He is the founder and director of Patristic Nectar Publication, a company dedicated to "nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teaching of the Holy Fathers" in quality audio recordings. Fr. Josiah's weekly homilies and additional theological reflections are published weekly and listed to by thousands all over the globe on The Arena podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. Fr. Josiah was married in 1988 and is the father of 10 children.