The 2013 Diocesan Eastern Regional Lenten Retreat took place on Saturday April 20, 2013 at Holy Ghost Orthodox Christian Church in Phoenixville, PA.
Hosted by the National SR ACRY, the event drew more than 20 teens and children and 66 adults.
His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa was the keynote speaker for the Adults and discussed the topic "Repentance and Confession"
The teens were treated to an interactive discussion on the topic "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" which was led by Mr. Theodore Nikolakis, the Chief Information Officer and the founder of Internet Ministries of The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
The children, ages 12 and under met with Fr. Peter Zarynow of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church of Potomac Maryland. Together, they discussed the meaning of repentance and forgiveness.
In the afternoon session, His Grace met with the teens, continuing his theme of repentance and confession, specifically geared to them. Theo Nikolakis gave a presentation on the power of symbols in Orthodoxy and in contemporary culture. He also gave practical advice to the parents in attendance in helping their children to properly use technology, in a way that is consistent with the Orthodox Faith.
The posted photos show scenes from this spiritually uplifting day.
Holy Ghost Orthodox Christian Church of Phoenixville, PA, The Gracious Hosts For the Diocesan Eastern Regional Lenten Retreat.
The participants were greeted by Susan and Amy on their arrival.
Pani Marge Fedornock and daughter Faith Breno
Rick and Rachel enjoy a lighter moment.
Bishop Gregory was on hand to greet the retreat participants on their arrival.
His Grace Bishop Gregory greeted the teens.
The shepherd and his lambs
Retreat Coordinator Tracey Bilanin offers words of welcome at the start of the retreat.
Fr. Peter Paproski, the National Senior ACRY Spiritual Advisor offered words of welcome and introduced His Grace, Bishop Gregory.
Tim Paproski, National Junior ACRY President reads the 51st Psalm at the direction of Bishop Gregory.
"Confession is like a second Baptism "
The Bishop amongst his people.
The children in Fr. Peter Zarynow's group enjoyed working on several projects during the retreat.
"When we say we are sorry, we really have to mean it "
These boys worked on their project under the watchful eye of Tasha, Fr. Peter's right hand and assistant,
The Teens enjoyed learning about the parallels between fictional superheros in contemporary media and the Orthodox Spiritual Life.
Theo Nikolakis provided a very relevant and engaging multi-media presentation to the teens.
The presentation kept the interest and attention of the teens.
Taking a break for Lunch.
"Bring the Little Children Unto Me..." The youth in attendance had the honor of having lunch with His Grace.
Fr. Jim and Fr. Theodore.
Theo Nikolakis, Chief Information Officer of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Theo Nikolakis' presentation to the adults.
Retreat 2013 Participants
"Where the Bishop is, there is the Church...." St. Ignatius of Antioch
The Light of Christ shone brightly in the hearts of those who were blessed to be a part of this year's retreat.