Thirteen priests from the Pacific Central Deanery gathered at the Bodega Bay Inn (http://www.bodegabayinn.com) in Bodega Bay, CA on December 2nd-3rd for the first semi-annual clergy retreat.
After Archpriest Lawrence Margitich saw how clergy of the Carolina Deanery in the Diocese of the South were tackling the issue of continuing education through overnight retreats, he relayed the model to the brethren here in the Bay Area.
With the blessing of Archbishop BENJAMIN and support of Dean Archpriest Basil Rhodes, Archpriest Michael Anderson headed up a committee to plan the deanery’s first overnight clergy retreat!
The theme of the retreat was Metropolitan TIKHON’s treatise, “Of What Life Do We Speak” that had been published in advance of and in connection to the 2018 All American Council in St Louis, MO. Each of the four sessions of the retreat correlated to one of the four pillars in His Beatitude’s opus (Spiritual Life, Stewardship, Relations with Others, and Evangelism and Outreach). While each pillar had a moderator, there was not a lot of ‘lecturing,’ as much of the sessions were filled with contributions, reflections, and questions from all the clergy (among whom were not only ‘active’ deanery clergy but also retired clergy and Mission Deanery clergy from the geographical area).
While the content provided the opportunity for deep thinking and serious contemplation of important issues regarding pastoral life and the status of our parishes, there was also time to enjoy the hospitality provided by the fine folks at the Bodega Bay Inn (a huge ‘thank you’ goes to proprietor Ted, a parishioner at St Seraphim Cathedral in Santa Rosa.).
The clergy of the Pacific Central Deanery are very much looking forward to their next retreat in May 2020!