St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Orthodox Christian Witness Program: Spiritual Pilgrimage

Update about the Witness Program: In this difficult time, we will not be offering in person meetings for either Round Table or the Retreat, in order contain the virus during this pandemic season, as doctors and officials in our country and around the world are recommending. Once things settle, we pray that we can reopen our Round table, and hopefully have at least one (or more) in person meeting at the Chancellory to wrap up the semester and the 2 year cycle of the Witness Program. 

For participants who registered for the Witness program this semester, we will offer to finish our Round table discussion on line by zoom,  as we have 5 more sessions. We will send separate instructions to those who already registered and participated this semester. 

We encourage all of us to continue to pray for our entire humanity, especially for those who are suffering and for the edification of the entire world and the Kingdom to come.

May God give us wisdom, strength and healing during this times and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at IP.AlongTheJourney@gmail.com or 617-274-8336.

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The Orthodox Christian Witness Program: Spiritual Pilgrimage will resume in January 2020. This program and journey is an opportunity for anyone interested to learn, to reflect, and to be transformed through the Orthodox Christian Faith in preparation for various ministries. This spiritual pilgrimage is an interdisciplinary approach to create a cadre of leaders in the church. It is aimed to empower and equip Orthodox Christians to nourish and share the faith in 21st century. This semester the program has a Round Table discussion unit and a Retreat unit. Anyone can join at any point in the program. We welcome you on behalf of the Program Interdisciplinary Leadership Team: Bishop John of Worcester and New England, Archpriest Antony Hughes, Ioana Popa MD, BCC, Richard J. Robbat Ph.D., Sebastien Falardeau, MA, PhDc.

ROUND TABLE: "Courage to Live - Fruits of the Holy Spirit". Ten Thursday evening discussions – anyone can register. Dates and Time: Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm.  Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 20, 27, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23 (snow date alternative). Location: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of Worcester and New England Chancellery: 2 Lydias Path, Westborough MA 01581

RETREATS: "Free will and Christian Choice". Two Saturday daylong retreats – anyone can register for one retreat or for both. Dates and Time: Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm. Feb 22, March 21, 2020.  Location: Emmaus House, New Ipswich NH, 03071

To register or for questions, please email at IP.AlongTheJourney@gmail.com or call at 617-274-8336.

Download the Spring 2020 Informational Flyer

About the Witness Program

Fall 2018 - Spring 2020
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of Worcester & New England

The Orthodox Christian Witness Program: Spiritual Program, is a new program sponsored by the Diocese of Worcester & New England offered to clergy, laity, chaplains, counselors, therapists, physicians, parents, and Christian educators. The program will have 8 units over 4 semesters led by His Grace Bishop JOHN, D. Min.; Archpriest Antony Hughes, M.Div.; Ioana Papa, MD; Richard Robbat, PhD; Sebastien Falardeau, Ph.D candidate.

The purpose of the program and journey is an opportunity for anyone interested to learn, to reflect, and to be transformed through the Orthodox Christian Faith in preparation for various ministries.

The spiritual pilgrimage is an interdisciplinary approach to create a cadre of leaders in the church. It is aimed to empower and equip Orthodox Christians to nourish and share the faith in the 21st century by:

  • Offering frameworks and models of encountering God.
  • Offering frameworks and tools in order to enhance and facilitate inner spiritual growth.
  • Using Orthodox Christian theology and contemporary perspectives to encounter God.
  • Gaining insights and methods to witness and to share the faith.
  • Enhancing leadership skills in order to contribute effectively in parish ministry and to the world at large.

For more information, download the Program PDF​