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August 11, 2007

Seventy-five women ranging from ages 13-85 attended the 13th Annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, August 11th at St. Tikhon’s Seminary auditorium. His Grace, Bishop Tikhon began the day with the Supplicatory Canon for the Most-Holy Theotokos. Fr. John Russin lead the singing of the responses for the Canon.

Mother Raphaela, Abbess of Holy Myrrhearers Monastery, Otego, New York was the main speaker. The morning session focused on the Most-Holy Theotokos and the importance of having her in our lives. She answered many questions ranging from discovering your role in the church to home schooling.

The afternoon session focused on St. Mary & Martha, and the importance of finding the balance in our everyday lives. Mother Raphaela challenged the women to find five minutes of silence in their daily lives. The women attending the retreat were successful in meeting the challenge during the retreat, and hopefully will continue to find that quiet. Many of the women shared their personal prayer experiences with the group. Mother Raphaela stated there is not a specific recipe for establishing a life of prayer, but must be approached on an individual basis.

The Department of Christian Education would like to thank everyone that helped make the retreat a success. We would also like to express our deepest sympathy to Fr. David Mahaffey and his family on the falling asleep of Mat. Karen, a committed member of the Department of Christian Education, who focused on the need of education for everyone. May Her Memory be Eternal!

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