Dear Brother Archon,
With the blessings of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is with great joy that we invite you and your families to attend the Seventeenth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on April 3 and 4, 2020 under the superb chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chairman Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros. Once again, this year's Lenten retreat will be at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Christian Church located in Southampton, New York (111 Saint Andrews Road, Southampton, NY 11968, Tel.: 631-283-6169). Our Retreat Master will be Elder Ioannikios, a Monk on Mt. Athos at Simonopetra Monestery who was described in a New York Times article as “The Happiest Man I’ve Ever Met”. He will be joined by the Rev. Dr. Father Maximos Constas, the Dean of our Holy Cross School of Theology. Father Alexander Karloutsos and Father Constantine Lazarakis will join us as Retreat Pastors.
Please set aside the time on your calendars to join us in fellowship and prayer with your brother Archons and their families. It is an experience you will not forget and one that will re-energize your spiritual commitment to live a Christ-centered life. All of the information you will need is contained in the attached materials. There are a few actions you must take if you intend to come, including:
- Making your reservation with the Southampton Inn of Southampton. Call 631-283-6500 and mention the group name "Archons” to qualify for the special rate of $140.00 plus $10.00 resort fee, new as of Memorial Day last year to cover complimentary amenities (parking, wifi, coffee, rentals from the front desk, etc.), bringing the grand total per room night to $150.00. Due to limited room availability, please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible and use the group name “Archons”.
- Sending a check for $50 per person, payable to the "Order of St. Andrew the Apostle" and your completed form, by no later than March 20, 2020.
The Retreat will begin on Friday, April 3rd at 5:30 pm with the Akathistos Service at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church followed by a Lenten Fellowship Dinner in The Muses. On Saturday, April 4th, we will convene in the Church at 8:30 am for Divine Liturgy, a light breakfast and continue the Retreat sessions. We expect to conclude approximately at 4:00 pm.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to turbocharge your Orthodox Christian Faith and strengthen your devotion to our Lord and Savior so that we may serve the needs of the Great Church of Christ with the “shield of faith,” the “helmet of salvation” and the “sword of the Spirit” in the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, as we seek religious freedom for the Holy and Great Mother Church of Constantinople.
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
(Packet includes: Detailed Info, Program, Reply Form, Biography, & Directions)