Metropolis of San Francisco to Host Annual Deacons Retreat

Metropolis of San Francisco to Host Annual Deacons Retreat

The Clergy Continuing Education Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco is hosting a retreat for Deacons and Diaconal candidates from October 28 – 30, 2022 at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, CA. Join us for this weekend of enlightenment, reflection, and mentoring. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos will offer an Archpastoral Reflection and participate in the weekend retreat. The Featured Speaker will be Rev. Father George Parsenios, Ph.D., who will elaborate on the theme, “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22)

The weekend will include daily services, interactive presentations, opportunities for spiritual growth, and fellowship with other Deacons and Diaconal candidates. Diakonissa’s are also welcome to attend.

Registration is available online and includes both accommodations and meals for the weekend. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 14, 2022.

Featured Speaker – Rev. Father George Parsenios, Ph.D.

Father George is the Dean of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where he is also Professor of New Testament. Before working at Holy Cross, he taught for almost two decades at Princeton Theological Seminary as Professor of New Testament. He also taught for many years as an adjunct Professor at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and at the St. Athanasius Theological College in the University of Melbourne (Australia).

His teaching and research explore the interaction of early Christianity with classical literature, as well as the interpretation of the New Testament in the early church. He is the author of three books and several articles on New Testament themes, with a specialization in the Gospel and Letters of John.

Prior to coming to Holy Cross, Father George served in a part time capacity as the pastor of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He and his wife, Presvytera Maureen (also a Holy Cross graduate), have three children.


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