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The John Halecky, Jr. 20th Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat, April 19–21

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 John Halecky, Jr. 20th Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on April 19–21, 2024 under the superb chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chair Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros. Once again, this year’s Lenten retreat will be at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church located in Southampton, New York (111 Saint Andrews Road, Southampton, NY 11968, 631-283-6169). Our Retreat Masters will be Rev. Dr. Nicholas Louh, Presiding Pastor of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, Florida and his wife, Presbytera Roxanne. Father Alexander Karloutsos and Father Constantine Lazarakis will also 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 listed below.

In-person attendance:

If you are attending in person and will stay at the Southampton Inn, kindly make your reservation by calling 631-283-6500 and mention the group name Archons to qualify for the special nightly rate of $190. Due to limited room availability, please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Virtual attendance:

Upon reservation, Zoom will send to you a participation link that is unique to you only. Please note that Zoom participation is only for the Saturday sessions which will begin at 11:00AM ET. You and your families can watch and pray during the Friday Akathist and Saturday and Sunday Divine Liturgies through the Church’s live stream. See these options here: dormitionhamptons.org/live

The Retreat will begin on Friday, April 19th at 5:30 pm with the Akathistos Service at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church followed by a Lenten Fellowship Dinner in The Muses. On Saturday, April 20th, 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 Saviour. This way 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.

In Christ,

Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
Archon Megas Aktouarios
National Commander

Where:

Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church
111 St. Andrews Road
Southampton, NY 11968
Phone: 631-283-6169
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When:

Friday, April 19
5:30PM: Akathist begins 
7:15PM: Fellowship Dinner
8:00PM: First Session begins

Saturday, April 20
8:30AM: Divine Liturgy
9:30AM: Light Breakfast
11:00AM: Second Session, Virtual Session Begins
12:00PM: Group Photo on the Church Solea
12:15PM: Break
12:30PM: Lenten Luncheon
1:00PM: Keynote Speaker, Lauren Green, Chief Religion Correspondent for Fox News Channel, speaking on her book, “Light for Today”
2:00PM: Third Session, Virtual Session Continues
4:00PM: Retreat slated to end
6:30PM: Optional Dinner ($50 per person)

Sunday, April 21
9:00AM Orthros
10:00AM: Divine Liturgy

Theme: Renewing Your Marriage

Friday Session One: Your Personality Your Marriage

Saturday Session Two: God's Blueprint for Lasting Love

Saturday Session Three: God's Blueprint for Fighting Right

Rev. Dr. Nicholas G. Louh

The Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh was born in Jacksonville, Florida on September 25, 1974 and currently serves as the Senior Priest of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.

Upon graduating from the University of North Florida, Rev. Louh entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a highest-distinction Masters of Divinity (1999) and a Masters of Theology (2000). He then attended Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary where he earned a Doctorate of Ministry (2003) with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling in the urban ministry.

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Roxanne Louh, Psy.D., PA

Dr. Roxanne Louh, a native of Gainesville, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Jacksonville, Florida, where she uses her extensive training in private practice and as a speaker with expertise in a variety of concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, marriage and parenting issues, and eating disorders, body image awareness, and women’s issues. She has presented to national groups, universities, area high schools, and churches across the country.

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Lodging:

A block of rooms has been reserved for the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at:

Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
Telephone: 631-283-6500

A special room rate of $190, total price, per night, for nights between April 19–21, has been negotiated with the hotel. When making your reservations, please mention the group name Archons so you can get the special rate.

Make your reservation

Meals:

April 19: Lenten fellowship dinner

April 20: Light breakfast and Lenten luncheon

There will also be an optional dinner April 20 at 6:30PM at The Muses for $50 per person for those wishing to remain.

Purchase online, or please address payment to:

Order of St. Andrew the Apostle
Attn: National Archon Lenten Retreat
8 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

Directions from the West:

Take the Long Island Expressway [LIE] to exit 70.

At the end of the ramp, make a right turn; you will be on Rt. 111 going South.

When Rt. 111 ends, the road takes you left and you will be on Rt. 27 East.

Go straight for approximately 19 miles. As the highway ends, continue through first traffic light which is Tuckahoe Rd.

After the traffic light take the very next left onto St. Andrew’s Rd. Go around (under the highway) and the Church will be on your right at Nicholas Ct.

Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church
111 St. Andrews Road
Southampton, NY 11968

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