Rev. Deacon Perry T. Hamalis, PhD to Lead Annual Archon Lenten Retreat, April 12-14

Rev. Dr. Perry Hamalis Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion North Central College, Naperville, IL. (Photo: Order of Saint Andrew)

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, announced that the Sixteenth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat will take place on April 12 and 13, under the chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chairman Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros. Once again, this year’s Lenten retreat will be at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Christian Church, 111 Saint Andrews Road in Southampton, NY. The Retreat Master will be the Rev. Deacon Perry T. Hamalis, PhD, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar, Yonsei University (Seoul, Republic of Korea), and his topic will be “Lent as Liberation.” Father Alexander Karloutsos and Father Constantine Lazarakis are the Retreat Pastors.

The full text of the press release follows:

With the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is with great joy that we invite you and your families to attend the Sixteenth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on April 12 and 13, 2019 under the superb chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chairman Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros. Once again, this year’s Lenten retreat will be at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Christian Church located in Southampton, New York (111 Saint Andrews Road, Southampton, NY 11968, Tel.: 631-283-6169). Our Retreat Master will be the Rev. Deacon Perry T. Hamalis, Ph.D., Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar, Yonsei University (Seoul, Republic of Korea), and his topic will be “Lent as Liberation.” Father Alexander Karloutsos and Father Constantine Lazarakis will join us as Retreat Pastors.

Please set aside the time on your calendars to join us in fellowship and prayer with your brother Archons and their families. It is an experience you will not forget and one that will re-energize your spiritual commitment to live a Christ-centered life. All of the information you will need is contained in the attached materials. There are a few actions you must take if you intend to come, including:

Making your reservation with the Southampton Inn of Southampton. Call 631-283-6500 and mention the group name “Archons” to qualify for the special rate of $140, total price, for a room. Due to limited room availability, please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible and use the group name “Archons”.
Sending a check for $50 per person, payable to the “Order of St. Andrew the Apostle” and your completed form, by no later than March 29, 2019.
The Retreat will begin on Friday, April 12th at 5:30 pm with the Akathistos Service at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church followed by a Lenten Fellowship Dinner in The Muses. On Saturday, April 13th, we will convene in the Church at 8:30 am for Divine Liturgy, a light breakfast and continue the Retreat sessions. We expect to conclude approximately at 4:00 pm.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to turbocharge your Orthodoxy and strengthen your devotion to our Lord and Savior so that we may serve the needs of the Great Church of Christ with the “shield of faith,” the “helmet of salvation” and the “sword of the Spirit” in the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, as we seek religious freedom for the Holy and Great Mother Church of Constantinople.

In Christ,

Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
Archon Aktouarios
National Commander

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S RETREAT MASTER

Rev. Dr. Perry Hamalis
Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion
North Central College, Naperville, IL
Rev. Dr. Perry Hamalis is the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion at North Central College (Naperville, IL). He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston College (phi beta kappa), an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (valedictorian), and a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from the University of Chicago. At North Central College, he teaches courses in Christian Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Religion and Politics, and related topics. In 2015, he was awarded a 12-month Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State and was appointed as Underwood Visiting Professor of Theology at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. During his year in Korea, he was ordained a deacon by His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea.

Fr. Perry was an expert consultant to the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches from 2007-2012 and was a delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the WCC’s General Assembly in Busan, Korea (2013). He has lectured across the U.S., in Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Argentina, and Korea on topics pertaining to Eastern Orthodoxy and Social Ethics, and has over 30 academic publications. His most recent work is the book he co-edited with Dr. Valerie Karras, Orthodox Christian Perspectives on War, published by University of Notre Dame Press (2018). Fr. Perry served for 6 years (2012-18) as a Trustee of Hellenic College Holy Cross, co-chairing the Academic Affairs committee. He, Diakonissa Panayiota, and their children (Michael & Gia) are currently members of Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, IL.

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S RETREAT

Lent as Liberation
On the first day of Lent in Greece, it is traditional for families to fly kites; it is a meaningful symbol of Lent as a time of “lightness,” “ascent,” and “freedom.” This practice reminds us that Lent, properly understood, is not a burden but a liberation. Indeed, the theme of liberation or freedom is not only present at the start of Lent, it is threaded throughout the Lenten journey and developed on multiple levels. The 2019 National Archon Lenten Retreat centers on the theme, “Lent as Liberation” and draws its inspiration from St. Paul’s words, “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal 5:1). During the retreat, we will reflect on the meaning of “Lent as Liberation” as it relates to God’s plan for salvation, our personal renewal and unburdening in Christ, and our engagement with social issues surrounding freedom in our local and global contexts.

6 Comments

  1. Oh cool!

    These guys can all pass awards out to each other for the great job they’ve done bankrupting the church, which is even harder to do than bankrupting a casino; oh and pictures, don’t forget to take lots of pictures of yourselves wearing your medals to put on all the pages of the Orthodox Observer.

    1. TNH has gone dark with any church criticisms because Bart is coming to Washington, D.C. in July for some phony environmental conference (as if he has any influence over policy) and the word has been passed down that money has to be raised by the local D.C. area churches.

      Not one damn problem in the GOA has been resolved, one entire year plus 4 months of silence, no substantive changes, no resolution of lost monies, no one punished, no accountability. It’s like NoKo, Cuba, Iran. We are the ASCOG (The American Slave Colony of Greece).

      The Archons have no balls, no courage, no honor. They are mesmerized by Alex, the GOA’s Rasputin, They are like the mythological figure, Narcissus, who spent so much time staring at himself in the lake that he fell in and drowned. Pathetic, shameless organization of largely NY-NJ area ignoramuses with money. No one will speak truth to power because they want to keep their titles in an empire that disappeared 500+ years ago.

      And now, Bart took on the Russians, and expects that the fleckless, flaccid, corrupt, weak ASCOG that he created will bail his sorry butt out of the biggest existential jam to the Patriarchate since they hung Gregory at the gate of the

      Good luck, chumps.

  2. PeteG there’s a simple solution for all this that I began employing years ago – cut off the money – they ain’t seen a dime of mine in years; gotta say though they had a great hustle while it lasted, one of the best I ever saw.

  3. The Good Dr./Deacon should begin the retreat by sermonizing the prophecy of Ezekiel (37: 1-14) which is always read shortly after the procession of the Epitaphios every Holy Friday.

    The prophesy of Ezekiel is about getting into the mud where real people are facing the biggest and most difficult challenges. People who have not heard the word of the Lord. People who do not know Jesus or walk around saying he is a myth…
    It is very easy to preach or administer to those you favor – but very hard to be pastoral or loving to those that are less favorable.
    Lent should be more about the spiritual healing of others first ( especially those with very dry bones as described in Ezekiel’s prophecy) – before we focus on ourselves.
    “God is not interested in where you are or what you do…
    He is interested only in the quality and quantity of the love you give.
    Nothing else. “

    1. All Archons meetings feature a tacit or open pitch by Demetrios that often turns into a snit fit that the Leadership 100 monies are really his to dispose as he sees fit. . This ignores the US non-profit laws and tax regs, but who cares? GOA operates under Modified Byzantine Sharia Law and is not subject to US law. That’s why you can’t get answers on St Nicholas or other important matters. GOA must dissolve.

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