2020 Men's Retreat of St. John the Baptist—Cancelled

March 15. After lengthy discussions with all involved we have cancelled the Men's Orthodox Retreat of St. John the Baptist for this year. Driving the cancellation are a number of factors including:

  • Fr. John would need to be isolated for 14 days prior to the retreat by Alberta Health Services Guidelines
  • Current restrictions on gatherings limit us to 50 people for groups at risk (seniors), international participants (USA), critical infrastructure (doctor) and other high risk populations
  • Current recommendation from the Premier of Alberta that all non-essential travel be cancelled
  • Our expectation that over the next few weeks the situation will get more restrictive and not less restrictive.

Sanctum Retreat has been an excellent partner in delivering these retreats. It causes us great grief to affect their revenue and cash flow through cancelling this retreat. They are also a registered charity. If you have the means to make a donation to Sanctum Retreat in the amount of your registration or some other amount, it will help them during these trying times. You can donate online at their website www.sanctumretreat.ca or mail them a cheque at PO Box 550 Caroline, AB T0M 0M0


17th Annual

Orthodox Men's Retreat of St. John the Baptist
April 3 to 5, 2020

at Sanctum Retreat near Caroline, AB

with Fr. Dr. John Behr

Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image

Fr. John Behr is Professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York, teaching courses in patristics, dogmatics, and scriptural exegesis.

Father John hails from England, though his family background is Russian and German — and clerical on both sides. From the Russian side, his great-grandfather was sent to London by Metropolian Evlogy to serve there as a priest in 1926; his father was also a priest, ordained by Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom), as are his brother (at St. Paul's Monastery on Mt. Athos) and his brother-in-law (Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Terryville, CT). His maternal grandparents met at Karl Barth's graduate seminar in Basel, and served in the Lutheran Church in Germany, where his grandfather was a Lutheran pastor.

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