August 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I am pleased to announce that on October 1 of this year St. Mary's will be hosting a workshop on Orthodox Spirituality entitled "Going Within (And What to Do Once You Get There)." Under my guidance we will be utilizing the skills of the psychiatrists, therapists, licensed clinical social workers and hospice chaplains who are members of our parish and who will facilitate small group discussions.

The mindfulness - based therapies our facilitators practice dovetail beautifully with Orthodox spirituality and it is our hope that those who attend the workshop will deepen both their understanding of and life of prayer.  The two therapeutic modalities we will examine in the light of Orthodox Life are the Internal Family Systems Model and Mindful Self Compassion Therapy. 

Attendance will be limited to no more than 26 parishioners, so if you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible. In case the 26 spots are not filled, we will open the remaining places for interested others. The workshop will begin in the morning of Oct. 1 and end in the late afternoon. More details will be forthcoming. 

With love in Christ,
Fr. Antony