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The Annual Matushki (“clergy wives”) Retreat was held at Saint Andrew’s Camp on Friday-Saturday, 3-4 November 2017. The well-attended yet personal gathering provided time for spiritual reflection and bonding in the life and ministry that are part of the vocation of the wives of priests and deacons. Dr. Harry Boosalis (Professor of Dogmatic Theology, Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary) was the retreat facilitator with insights and reflections on "The Theotokos, Personal Panagia."

 

A special joy was an unexpected visit by Archbishop Michael on the first evening of the retreat. An evening service of prayer was scheduled in the camp chapel.  Word came that His Eminence, who was traveling from a visit in Buffalo NY, would be there at 10:00 pm to join the women. Following the service, Archbishop Michael offered inspirational words regarding the retreat theme and entertained questions from the attendees.

 

“We were happy for, but not surprised by Bishop Michael’s visit,” said Matushka Natalie Stavrevsky (Saint John the Baptist Church, Rochester NY), “affirmation that he really cares for us all and for his Diocese!”

 

In worship, fellowship, outstanding presentations and discussions, the Matushki were truly blessed and enriched. Thanks to the efforts of the diocese and support from the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors, the clergy wives were acknowledged for their often silent and under-recognized ministry to their parishes, which they lovingly offer along with their husbands and children.

 

Gratitude is extended to Dr. Boosalis for his insightfully meaningful presentations.

 

The retreat was coordinated and planned by Matushka Tamara Cowan of Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers NY with the blessing of His Eminence.

 

Matushki Retreat - 11/04/17

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