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March 14, 2023


The Office of Pastoral Life is pleased to announce our spring Pastoral Life Synaxis online conference for the clergy of the Orthodox Church in America on Tuesday, March 21st from 2:00-4:00 PM EST. Father Vladimir Aleandro from the Diocese of New England will be the featured speaker on the topic of a priest’s confession entitled, “The Priest’s Confession: Finding the Thread That Runs Through Your Life”. Father Vladimir’s talk will discuss how to listen with love, to remember the importance of doing our own confessions, and how to find a father confessor if you no longer have one.

Although the conference begins at 2:00 PM, the Zoom meeting will be OPEN for fellowship at 1:30 PM. After the keynote presentation, registered participants will be divided into groups of four to six people and sent to breakout rooms to discuss how the topic relates to the participants and their parishes. The breakout session will last just under 1½ hours with a facilitator placed in each breakout room. The breakout session is based on the model of Peer Learning where the interaction and relationship of the participants form a community of learning focused on priestly and pastoral ministry.

Whether you have enjoyed past Synaxis events or look forward to your first experience, please invite a friend. Registration ends Friday, March 17th, at 9:00 PM EST. The Zoom link will be emailed out to registrants on the morning of March 21st.

The online clergy Zoom conferences are intended to nurture spiritual brotherhood by offering a meeting place for our clergy to learn from one another, to support one another, and to be strengthened by their contact with one another, so that they may all be empowered to fight the good fight of faith. To find out more about clergy peer learning, please visit the Thriving in Ministry website.

We look forward to seeing you online at the March Clergy Synaxis!