GOARCH - March 18, 1998

Archbishop Spyridon Addresses Archdiocesan District Clergy at Retreat

New York - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon spent the Feast of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sevasteia, March 9, 1998, with the members of the St. John Chrysostom Presbyters Syndesmos of the Archdiocesan District at a retreat center in the Pocono Mountains. 42 Priests were in attendance at the day-long retreat, which focused around the meaning of the priesthood. The day was filled with extended dialogue and open discussion between the Archbishop and the priests.

In a letter to the Archbishop signed on behalf of all the priests in attendance, Presbyter Paul Palesty wrote: "The time Your Eminence made for the retreat, the sharing of personal insights and experience, the open and candid dialogue between a father and his sons, further enhanced a relationship for spiritual growth as co-workers in the Lord'"s Vineyard. Once again, we experienced first hand the ability to communicate Your Eminence's concern for our pastoral and personal challenges. We stand committed to our Spiritual Father and the relationship as Priests to our Archbishop, affirming that strong bond that exists as we continue in His service."

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