an Orthodox family conference

On August 21, 2007, in Fathers are crucial, I wrote this:

“The goal of socializing children with disabilities into life in society and in the Church was addressed by the late Dr. John Boojrama of blessed memory in his book “Foundations for Christian Education.” (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press) Dr. Boojrama identifies the father’s spiritual health and the health of the parent’s relationship as the key factors in successful socialization of all family members. And this certainly applies to families with members who have disabilites as well. So one would think that it would be easy to find Orthodox Christian resources that focus on supporting the spiritual health of fathers (of families). But I am not finding this. Am I missing something?”

Well I was missing something. The Orthodox Christian Conference on the Family was held at New Ostrog, the Orthodox Monastery of All Saints of North America. The conference was held under the auspices of The Saint Maximos Centre for Orthodox Studies. Two of the papers from that conference are available at the following web address. ( The Family as the Bearer of Tradition by Rev. Fr. Andrew Jarmus & Reflections on the Spiritual Vocation of the Family by David J. Goa) More of the papers will be forthcoming. Here’s the site:


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