The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Clergy retreat on September 24-26, 2008 at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA, addressed two issues: the spiritual development of youth and ministering to parishioners with special needs. Click on the enlarged phrase below for a summary of the proceedings:
Fr. Anthony Yazge shared some of his own personal experiences as Antiochian Village’s pastor (the Special Olympics camp takes place there every summer) and as a father, with persons with disability. The spiritual fathers in attendance also were reminded of St. Paui’s admonition, “On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable.” (I Cor 12:22)
May the Lord bless this seed, planted in good soil, that it may bear good fruit.
This article also shares a brief account of the Holy New Martyr St. Joseph of Damascus– well worth reading.