On Tuesday, May 31st, the annual Clergy Synaxis of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada) began in Kingston, Ontario. Over 45 priests from across Canada are attending the Synaxis, led by His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios and His Grace Bishop Christoforos.
The theme of this year’s Synaxis is “The Orthodox Pastor”.
On this theme, the presentations included: (1) The Effective Organization of a Parish; (2) The Priest as Religious Educator in the Parish; and (3) The Priest as Patient and Healer.
Every day begins with the service of Matins.
A biblical exegesis on 1 Timothy 3: 1-7 was presented by Fr. Timoleon Prattas.
Metropolitan Sotirios spoke on the theme: “Clergy and Laity one Family. Being Masters of Ourselves”.
Fr. Theologos Drakos introduced the theme, “The Effective Organization of a Parish”.
The pinnacle of the retreat was the Divine Liturgy, celebrated at the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Kingston by His Eminence, concelebrated by all the clergy.
The graduates of our Theological Academy, all clergymen, composed the choir of chanters for the Liturgy and chanted all the hymns in Greek in perfect Byzantine Music.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Sotirios elevated Fr. Demetrios Gianniou to the office of Protopresbyter.
Fr. Demetrios Mouselimis, Parish Priest, and the Greek Orthodox Community of Kingston offered a wonderful dinner for all who attended.
The spiritual Clergy Retreat continues with the abundant blessing of God.