Pilgrimages and Programs
We will be posting our 2021 schedule soon.
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The Monastery of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow seeks to reinvigorate the role of personal and communal prayer because we believe that the recovery and advancement of the ancient and venerable spirituality as seen through Sacred Scripture; as understood by the Church Fathers and Mothers; as expressed in the Divine Liturgy; and as witnessed in Eastern Christian prayer is essential to the acquisition of the Holy Spirit and therefore, to the very life of salvation itself.
Rev. Fr. Thomas (Colyandro) is a priest, confessor, spiritual director, retreat master, writer, and professor who has facilitated prayer and spirituality sessions, as well as conducted seminars, and taught graduate courses in spiritual theology, eschatology, ecclesiastical history, comparative religion, and leadership in adult faith formation at multiple universities. He has worked with more than 150 parishes, written and/or edited numerous books and articles in theology and spirituality; and has given radio interviews on these same subjects. Fr. Thomas' doctoral research has centered on the confluence of silence and sacrifice in spiritual fatherhood and motherhood in the Orthodox Church.
Our Basic Program
Day retreats at the Monastery include time for vocal prayer, silence, exploration, learning, and discussion. They provide an opportunity to experience the spirituality of the Eastern Christian tradition in a peaceful wooded setting. Parish groups, youth groups, community groups, students, and individuals who come to the monastery for a day of retreat will find a space that allows for healing, encourages union with Christ, and fosters the acquisition of the Holy Spirit.
The following is a general schedule, which can be adapted to suit particular needs.
9:00 am Orientation
9:30 am Guided prayer
11:00 am Meal
12:00 pm First Talk with Q&A
1:00 pm Opportunity for silence, confession and exploring the grounds
1:45 pm Second Talk with Q&A
3:00 pm Tea, coffee, basic refreshments,
Suggested donation: $40 for each retreatant for the day retreat.