Dear Brother Archon,
With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is with great joy that we invite you and your families to attend the Fourteenth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on March 31 and April 1, 2017 under the superb chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chairman Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros. This year's Lenten retreat will again 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 Reverend Christopher T. Metropulos and his topic will be "Three things are needed; prayer, virtue and humility". 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 reenergize 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 $125.00, total price, for a room. 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 17, 2017.
The Retreat will begin on Friday, March 31st at 5:30 pm with the Akathist Hymn Service at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church followed by a Lenten Fellowship Dinner in The Muses. On Saturday, April 1st , 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 4:00pm with Great Vespers Services at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church. At 6:30pm Pilgrims will have the option to enjoy a delightful dinner at The Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack for a prix fixe total amount of $50.00 per person. Kindly notify the Archon office if you will be attending this dinner.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to energize your Orthodoxy 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
Download the 2017 Retreat Forms
(Packet includes: Detailed Info, Program, Reply Form, Biography, & Directions)