February 2016 – Marriage Retreat with Dr Philip Mamalakis
Dr. Philip Mamalakis, with his wife Georgia and seven children, live in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Dr. Mamalakis directs the Field Education program and teaches classes on pastoral care, couples counseling, grief, death and dying, and topics related to pastoral counseling. He has a private practice in Newton, Massachusetts where he works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Mamalakis has an M.Div. from Holy Cross and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in child development and family studies, specializing in marriage and family therapy. In collaboration with Fr. Charles Joanides, he has recently completed a marriage preparation program for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, The Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox Church. He offers seminars, retreats, and lectures on marriage, family life, and parenting in the Orthodox Church and is currently completing an Orthodox parenting book. Use the following links to listen to a great retreat he gave at St Michael’s.
August 2015 – St Michael Institute – Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ
As Christians we are called to struggle with negative thinking and dark emotions – envy, anger, lust, loneliness, and others – and to find healing and transformation. This retreat focuses on recognizing these “Dark Emotions” and moving towards the Light of Christ. Father John W. Oliver is the priest of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Christian Church in Murfreesboro, TN. A graduate of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he later joined their faculty as instructor in Old and New Testament and American Religious History. He lives in TN with his wife, Lara, and their four children.
Session I: Discovering our Interior Life: “Truth in the Inward Parts”
Session II: Accepting our Interior Life: from Condemnation to Compassion
Session III: Elevating our Interior Life: from Psychology to Christology
Session IV: Purifying our Interior Life: Relying Not on the Consolations of Beginners
Session V: Sharing our Interior Life: Repentance as Our Gift to the World
You can also listen to Father John’s Podcast, Hearts and Minds here.
July 2015 – Retreat on Prayer at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI
This excellent presentation on Prayer was offered by Fr John, the priest serving at Holy Dormition Monastery, at a retreat given to parishioners of St Michael’s at a recent visit. Click here to listen.
From February 13th through the 14th, St. Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted the 2015 Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent. This year’s gathering was titled “Truth, Goodness, Beauty Will Save Us” and featured lectures on Sacral and Theological Aesthetics; Objective and Transcendent Beauty; Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant on Beauty; and Imaginative, Iconographic, Architectural, and Poetic Aesthetics.
February 2014 – A Parish Retreat – Finding Significance in the Everyday, Molly Sabourin, Speaker
Molly Sabourin is a freelance writer focusing on issues of family, faith, and community. Her work appears in the publications The Handmaiden, Salvo, and MOMSense. Molly is a regular podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio. She is also an Orthodox Christian, a wife, and a mother of four. Her first book, Close to Home (Conciliar Press), has become a source of comfort and inspiration to many.
Molly spoke to our Teens on Friday evening, February 7. Her presentation was based on a Podcast she created on St Euphrosynos. You can listen to that Podcast here.
On Saturday, February 8, Molly lead the parish with the following 3 sessions. The portions of the sessions in which the parishioners broke into small groups for discussion have been removed leaving the presentation alone. In the first session, Molly speaks about Fr Tom Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living which she presented to the group as a handout. You can read those maxims here. You can also listen to Fr Hopko present his 55 Maxims here.
July 2013 – The St Michael Institute, Fr John Oliver, Speaker
The following lectures are from a retreat given at St Michael’s on July 20, 2013. Fr John Oliver is the priest of St Elizabeth Orthodox Christian Church, in Murfreesboro, TN. He is the author of numerous articles and essays, and of Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam, published by Conciliar Press. His newest book is “Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit in the Orthodox Christian Tradition” published by Paraclete Press. A graduate of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he joined the faculty as instructor in Old and New Testament and American Religious History. He and his wife Lara have three daughters and two sons.
Growing Healthy Relationships, Session 1
Growing Healthy Relationships, Session 2
You can also listen to Father John’s Podcast, Hearts and Minds here.
From February 22nd through the 23rd, St. Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted the 2013 Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent. This year’s gathering was titled “The Poetics of Existence: The Verse Performs Its Secret Ministry” and featured lectures on poetry and Christianity. Speakers included Scott Cairns, Molly Sabourin, James Taylor, Pamela Beattie, Martin Cothran, Bryan Smith, Kathryn Smith, Joshua Sturgill, Fr. Alexis Kouri, Jerry Salyer, Dave Harrity, and David Wright.
On February 24 and 25, St. Michael’s hosted the 2012 Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent. This year’s gathering was titled “Byzantium: You Are Not Forgotten” and featured lectures on Byzantine history, culture, theology, and iconography. Speakers included William Weber, Dr. Kiriacos Markides, Molly Sabourin, Dr. David Bradshaw, Joseph Steineger, Fr. Joshua Lollar, Jennie Gelles, and Dr. Daniel Larison. By clicking the link above, you will be directed to the Ancient Faith Radio recordings of the event.
August 2011 – The St Michael Institute, Fr Meletios Webber, Speaker
The following lectures are from a retreat given at St Michael’s on August 13, 2011. Fr. Meletios was educated at Dulwich College and Oxford University, and has a doctorate in psychological counseling. He has served the Orthodox Church in Greece, Great Britain, Montana, and California, the Netherlands, and is the Abbot of the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco, in Manton CA. Fr Meletios will return to St. Michael for our next Institute on August 9-10, 2012.
Being Present, Being Grateful
The following lectures by Fr Meletios are from a seminar given at Sts. Constantine and Elena Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, IN in May of 2008. This presentation includes themes from his book, Bread & Water, Wine & Oil, An Orthodox Christian Experience of God (Conciliar Press)as well as his book, Steps to Transformation, which deals with addiction and recovery.
Life As A Mystery – Part 1
Life As A Mystery – Part 2
The Jesus Prayer
Healing the Nous – Father Meletios speaking at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Shoreline, WA
On February 18 and 19, St. Michael’s hosted the 2011 Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent. This gathering, dedicated to the contemplation of noble ideas, featured lectures on education, literature, philosophy, patristic thought, marriage, and film. Speakers included David Wright, Rachel Leake, Andrew Kern, Vigen Guroian, John Granger, Bobby Maddex, Molly Sabourin, Aaron Taylor, Joseph Steineger, Evanthia Speliotis, David Bradshaw, Brad Birzer, Fr. Alexis Kouri, and William Weber. By clicking the link above, you will be directed to the Ancient Faith Radio recordings of the event.
Keynote Speech by Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol, Cyprus (known as Fr. Maximos in The Mountain of Silence by Kyriacos Markides.) Kyriakos Markides is the translator.