Event Description

A Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat is an important gathering which brings the Orthodox clergy on the West Coast together in brotherly love and energizes them in their ministry of service to God and His faithful people entrusted to their pastoral care.

The event has been organized with the blessings of the Hierarchs of the California Orthodox jurisdictions of California: Metropolitan Gerasimos (Greek), Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian), Archbishop Kyrill (ROCOR), Bishop Maxim (Serbian), and Archbishop Benjamin (OCA).

This two-day event, will be held at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, ensuring a pleasant and productive stay for all.

We are honored to have Bishop Irenei of Sacramento and Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonidis presenting on these important topics at this event.  We hope that you will join us in discussing these important topics that transcend our jurisdictions so that we may all explore and learn together.

The St. Sebastian Orthodox Press, a Ministry of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is honored to be assisting with the logistics related to this event.
Bishop Irenei of Sacramento

Bishop Irenei of Sacramento

Auxiliary Bishop of the Western American Diocese and Administrator of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland
Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonidis

Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonidis

Director of the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Discovering the "Self"

What does it mean to “identify” who I am?—and where does this come from? In the Orthodox Tradition, the person is an identity that emerges through relationship (schesis, in the terminology of the Greek Fathers). The human being is constituted by a call from God, and its identity is constantly formed through the response to this call. Life in Christ means placing all our relations, in and through which we obtain our personal identity, in the person of Christ. The “new birth,” which is the essence of Baptism, is the acquisition of an identity not dependent on the qualities of nature but freely raising nature to a personal existence which emerges from the Father-Son relationship.

Now, questions of “identity” plague our society, including that of cultural, sexual, religious identity, etc. Worldly notions of “identity politics” often conflict and present challenges for the Church. These “contextual” questions of identity must be seen as part of a larger vision of identity itself.
What do we as pastors do when confronted by people who have different identities than that molded by the Church or try to change their identity or who don’t realize their identity has been changed? 

​Our presenters will take a theological and a very practical approach to the topic and look at how certain challenges and opportunities in the world often shape our identi


Day One (November 9):
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.               Opening Prayer (“Hymn to the Trinity/Pentecost” chanted by all clergy)
                                                     Opening remarks by Hierarchs
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.               Presentation by Bishop Irenei of Sacramento  
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.               Dinner    
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.               Open Panel and Discussion     

Day Two (November 10):
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast   
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.               Orthros and Memorial for Clergy and Hierarchs    
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.             Presentation by Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonidis          
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           Break    
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Open Panel and Discussion   
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.             Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.               Concluding Remarks by Hierarchs & Conclusion of Retreat

Registration Information
Pan Orthodox Clergy Retreat - Conference and Overnight Stay
This registration is for those wishing to stay overnight at the Mercy Center. The cost includes registration, Thursday evening dinner, breakfast and lunch on Friday at the conference, and a room. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY 40 ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE, BOOK NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
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Pan Orthodox Clergy Retreat - Conference (No Overnight Stay)
This registration is for those not staying at the Mercy Center. The cost includes registration, Thursday evening dinner, breakfast and lunch on Friday at the conference.
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Mercy Center Burlingame
Mercy Center Burlingame 2300 Adeline Dr Burlingame CA 94010

A Place to Meet in Quiet Beauty

Welcome to Mercy Center Burlingame, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Our peaceful grounds and lovely retreat center, located on a 40-acre site 15 miles south of San Francisco, provide an inviting place to hold your nonprofit conference. Our programs are known for their excellence in contemplative spirituality. 

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