Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon’s Seminary Dean, was invited by Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar, to led retreats for clergy of the Eastern Diocese of the Patriarchal Armenian Church. The focus of these retreats was: Reflection on Lenten Themes, including, “Come unto me all that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens”.
Fr. Steven met with clergy of the New England (March 6, Hartford, CT), and Mid-Atlantic Regions (March 20, Sloatsburg, NY). His Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, was an active presence at both retreat sessions that were most effectively coordinated by Fr. Simeon. The focus of the sessions was to spark conversation and dialogue among the clergy on various topics.
The Presentation sessions were interspersed with prayer, quiet time, and shared fellowship during meals. Fr. Steven shared with each group how meaningful it was to come and participate in this time of pastoral conversation and renewal of their respective regional clergy brotherhood. He also stressed the importance of these gatherings in maintaining and growing pastoral ministry among the clergy.