Dates

Oct. 28-31, 2019

For

All Archdiocese Clergy

Location

San Antonio, TX

Registration

Sold Out!

Registration Fees / Register early!

About the Retreat / what happens there and why you should come

The vision of the APC is simply this: "Brothers who love and serve one another."

Its mission is "to serve the clergy of the Archdiocese by supporting our priests through spiritual growth, educational development and personal wellness. This mission is accomplished through retreats, continuing education, brother-to-brother outreach, ministry development, clergy family care and benevolence."

The biennial National Clergy Retreat is one of the most important ways the APC fulfills that vision and mission through refreshing, renewing and recharging the clergy of the Archdiocese of America, and through them the Church, ministries and families they serve and love.

All this happens through encounters with dynamic and personal speakers, engaging sessions with brother clergy, refreshing adventures to change the pace and plenty of time for great conversations, personal prayer and taking a break from our hectic daily schedules. And an professional fitness sessions add to the overall emphasis on wellness that empowers all who attend to be better stewards of their gift of heath.

It is a place where brothers who serve at the Holy Altar of Christ discover that they are not alone in their struggles and have others around them that can uniquely share their joy. It is also the only national gathering event in the life of the Archdiocese exclusvely for clergy.

Register 

Buzz / what brother clergy are saying about the retreat

"You don't know what you are missing!"

"This was my third retreat and each time I come away impressed and better off. You don't know what you are missing!"

(2017 participant)

"These retreats are fabulous"

"These retreats are fabulous, and I am most grateful to be able to attend them ... I appreciate the opportunity especially to see a new place and soak in our brotherhood."

(2015 participant)

"We can't do it alone"

“The retreat helped me to reaffirm to not be so hard on myself and to feel more empowered to reach out more to my brother clergy for much needed support and encouragement. We can't do it all alone, and God wants us to serve him in communion with one another.”

(2013 participant)

Register

Event Speakers / encounters that challenge

FATHER MAXIMOS

F ather Maximos Constas, a monk from the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra (Mt. Athos, Greece), is Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Mass. He holds a PhD in Patristics and Historical Theology and has taught at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, scholarly articles and translations.

MARK MORAITAKIS

Mark Moraitakis is the Executive Director of Customer & Market Insights for Chick-fil-A. He faithfully attends the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta with his family, serves on the Metropolis Council and leads workshops that impact Orthodox Churches across the country. He has served on the Board of Trustees of our beloved seminary and currently holds positions on the Board of Directors of FOCUS North America and on the advisory team for the Telos Project at HCHC.

Retreat Schedule / day by day

"Arrival"

Arrive at La Cantara, check in, connect with your brothers and enjoy exploring the resort's beautiful natural setting and panoramic view of San Antonio.

"Opening Vespers"

Open the retreat in prayer with your brothers as we celebrate Vespers together.

"Archbishop's Welcome Reception"

Enjoy a welcome reception hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who is looking forward to personally greeting each retreat participant as our new Archbishop. Find friends you haven't seen in a while, catch up on relationships and share stories. Get ready for a great retreat!

"Opening Dinner"

Find old friends or be adventurous and sit with someone you don't know for a great opening dinner at La Cantera. Either way, it's a great way to unwind from your travels and settle in for a great stay.

"Evening Hospitality Suite"

Relax each evening in the APC Hospitality Suite with complimentary snacks and drinks. Catch up on quiet conversations, visit with friends and call it a day!

"Divine Liturgy"

Begin the day and the entire retreat united in the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist as we celebrate the Divine Liturgy together.

"Brunch"

Having been nourished with spiritual food in the Liturgy, enjoy a relaxed brunch with your brothers as the Retreat Team sets the tone for the days ahead.

"Encounter 1: 'There is No Great Life Apart from Great Work' - Father Maximos"

Father Maximos offers his first of two Encounters on the retreat theme, "Pray Harder. Work Smarter." Then, prepare to roll up your sleeves in an "Engagement" session afterwards, where brothers all have an opportunity to share questions, concerns and stories with one another in a safe and trusting environment.

"Lunch/Free Time/Wellness Consultations"

"Surveys of past retreats consistently ask for free and unstructured time to relax, decompress and to take time for ourselves. The Retreat Team takes your feedback seriously, so here it is!" Amble around the resort, grab lunch at one of its great restaurants, talk with friends, enjoy the free activities or immerse yourself in prayer and peace. Also available at this time will be Wellness Consultations provided by the Orthodox Health Plan.

"Professional Fitness Sessions #1"

Don't just listen to words about "Wellness" - walk the walk! (Or maybe "stretch the stretch!") Three fitness sessions will be conducted by professional trainers who will meet you where you are and challenge you to go a little farther. Choose to "Get Moving" (light exercise), "Get Active" (moderate exercise) or "Get Intense" (a kick-it-up workout). A great an energizing way to start the day. Professional attention at no extra charge! (Be sure to pick the right fitness level when you register online!)

"Encounter 2: 'Life's Journey - The Pursuit of Balance' - Mark Moraitakis"

Mark Moraitakis helps us find that elusive balance as clergy , husbands and fathers. Prepare to roll up your sleeves in an "Engagement" session afterwards, where brothers all have an opportunity to share questions, concerns and stories with one another in a safe and trusting environment.

"Break"

Everyone needs a break now and then, even at a retreat. Stretch, walk and breath in some relaxation as you make time for winding down.

"Dinner"

Depart the hotel on chartered buses at 5:30, then enjoy the scenic surroundings of the San Antonio River Walk as we dine at Acenar, a well-known Mexican restaurant right on the water. Stroll the River Walk for a laid-back evening of food and conversation with your brothers until it's time to return by bus.

"Evening Hospitality Suite"

Relax each evening in the Presidential Suite with complimentary snacks and drinks with your brothers. Catch up on quiet conversations, visit with friends and call it a day!

"Professional Fitness Sessions"

Don't just listen to words about "Wellness" - walk the walk! (Or maybe "stretch the stretch!") Three fitness sessions will be conducted by professional trainers who will meet you where you are and challenge you to go a little farther. Choose to "Get Moving" (light exercise), "Get Active" (moderate exercise) or "Get Intense" (a kick-it-up workout). A great an energizing way to start the day. Professional attention at no extra charge! (Be sure to pick the right fitness level when you register online!)

"Breakfast"

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and beautiful, sunny scenery at La Cantera, included in your registration.

"Adventures!"

Choose from a bunch of great ways to spend the day with your friends outside the office! No extra charge unless otherwise indicated. Enjoy a visit to the Holy Archangels Monastery, tour the River Walk and Alamo Park, bike the Texas Hill Country oni a Harley, enjoy La Cantera's signature golf courses. Or just lay back, relax and hang out on your own or with friends. Your choice, but NOTE: Choice MUST be made a time of online registration.

"Encounter 3: 'There is No Great Work Apart from Prayer' - Father Maximos"

Father Maximos again addresses us, this time on the central role of prayer in our daily "work." Prepare to roll up your sleeves in an "Engagement" session afterwards, where brothers all have an opportunity to share questions, concerns and stories with one another in a safe and trusting environment.

"Retirement Wellness - Our Pension"

Just starting or nearing retirement, the Pension Fund is a primary concern for us all. Hear information and ask questions on the plan's details, options and future.

"La Cantera Dinner"

Get ready to be immersed in the La Cantera flavors and hospitality of Chef Robert Carr and his team. This is a meal you will want to write home about!

"Evening Hospitality Suite"

Relax each evening in the Presidential Suite with complimentary snacks and drinks with your brothers. Catch up on quiet conversations, visit with friends and call it a day!

"Professional Fitness Sessions"

Don't just listen to words about "Wellness" - walk the walk! (Or maybe "stretch the stretch!") Three fitness sessions will be conducted by professional trainers who will meet you where you are and challenge you to go a little farther. Choose to "Get Moving" (light exercise), "Get Active" (moderate exercise) or "Get Intense" (a kick-it-up workout). A great an energizing way to start the day. Professional attention at no extra charge! (Be sure to pick the right fitness level when you register online!)

"Breakfast"

Get a great start to the day enjoying breakfast with your brothers.

"Financial Wellness"

Get the latest information on the Clergy Financial Literacy Program. You may qualify to receive training and benefits!

"Wrap-Up"

Lots to review and process from an intense week. Spend a half-hour talking over the week and everything you've learned in a final interactive Engagement session with your group from the week.

"Departure"

Depart for home, family and re-energized ministry in the holy vineyard of Christ! Be sure to schedule your departure to stay until the end! Recommend scheduling flights for 2:00p or later.

Adventures / hiking, biking, touring, golfing ... whatever!

Located in the Texas Hill Country (Kendalia) and under the Metropolis of Denver, the Monastery is less than a one-hour bus ride from San Antonio. The fathers there have embarked on many construction projects since their humble beginnings and have built a magnificent campus for the glory of God. The Monastery also produces award-winning wines from many varietals of the best grapes grown in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

Spend an afternoon strolling the meandering sidewalks of the famous River Walk. Tour the historic Alamo nearby. Browse the indoor mall and treat yourself to a southwestern lunch. For a small fee, rent a bike and leisurely tour the streets.

Cruise along the Texas hill country for a few hours with your brother clergy bikers on a magnificent ride aboard your favorite Harley. Requires a motorcycle license and previous experience.

Enjoy the day on the links playing on one of the two championship golf courses at La Cantera. The Palmer Course was ranked the Best Course in the State in 2018. (Additional Fees)

Spend the day at the La Cantera Resort and Spa taking advantage of its beautiful amenities. Enjoy the wellness center, walking/running trails, infinity pools & scenic views from the highest vista in San Antonio.

Hotel

La Cantera Resort and Spa
16641 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78256
Phone: 855-499-2960
Group Name: "APC 2019 National Clergy Retreat"

Click to Reserve

Get Directions

Questions / everything else you need to know

Your parish. As cited in the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council Guidelines, "The National Clergy Retreat (NCR) of the Archdiocese of America will be organized by the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council and held biennially on the off year of the Clergy Laity Congress. All expenses for clergy participants are to be covered by their individual Parish, as per the Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the remunerative standards for clergy established by the Clergy Compensation Plan that is issued annually." Exceptions to this directive must be approved by the local Metropolitan.

Further, the Archdiocese Uniform Parish Regulations (Article 17 (Clergy), Section 8), state: "The Archdiocesan Council and the Archdiocesan Benefits Committee will establish remunerative standards for the Clergy. These standards, for the following year, shall be sent to each Parish annually, by September 30," and in the Clergy Compensation Guidelines referred to therein, it is noted: "The Parish must provide…Expenses for attending District/Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assemblies and Retreats, the Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress, Clergy Continuing Education Programs, and the Archdiocese Presbyters Council Retreat."

It depends on your choice in a number of factors: Registration, Hotel and Travel

Registration: $375-$425

Register by September 28, 2019 pay only $375 - a savings of $50 over the regular rate of $425.

Hotel: $238-$477 + tax

Rooms are an affordable $159/night single or double occupancy, so save money by sharing a room with a friend and cut your cost for three nights to $238 + tax or $477 + tax for a single.

Travel: $235-$300

Airfares to San Antonio Airport are ranging around $235 from the East Coast, $300 from the Midwest and $250 from the West Coast. Book early!

That puts the total cost range between $850 and $1,200 depending on your choices of registration, rooming, transportation and location.

The APC understands that clergy schedules are subject to change due to issues beyond our control and has established the following refund policy. It allows a partial refund for cancellations by September 28, 2019.

By September 28, 2019

Cancellations requested by September 28, 2019 will receive a refund of the registration fee paid less a $100 cancellation fee.

After September 28, 2019

Cancellations requested after September 28, 2019 will not receive a refund due to guarantees and expenses incurred by the retreat as a result of the registration.

Important hotel cancellation note: Registrants who cancel are responsible for cancelling their hotel reservations. Failure to do so may result in hotel cancellation charges.

The APC wants to make this as all-inclusive and worry-free as possible for our hard-working brothers, and great efforts have been made to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses, so the registration fee includes:

All scheduled events

All scheduled meals*

All event transportation

All Adventures except golf and rentals

Hospitality Suite

*Notes: Tuesday and Wednesday lunches are not scheduled group meals and are on your own. Golf Adventure involves extra fees.

The overall cost of the retreat is greatly lowered for all clergy through a generous grant from the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. This makes the event more affordable for all.

Additionally, limited financial assistance is available for clergy with demonstrated need through the Leadershp grant and through APC and Metropolis Clergy Syndesmos resources. Clergy should contact their local Syndesmos representative for information. A list of representatives can be found here.

Important note: All requests for financial assistance must be received by the Early Bird registration discount date of September 28, 2019.

The National Clergy Retreat is, by definition and as indicated in the Registration information, a clergy only event, just as the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres is a women's retreat only. Our schedule, meals and other events are designed with the full participation of the clergy registrants in mind. Because attendance at any session, meal, adventure or other retreat function is limited to paid clergy participants, please understand that wives or others do not have the opportunity to do so.

The APC does, however, place a great emphasis on healthy clergy couple relationships, and since La Cantera Resort is a beautiful location at a great price, clergy may want to enjoy some time there with their presvyteres before or after the retreat. So, wives and families are welcome to be present for the three days BEFORE the retreat or the three days AFTER, but are kindly asked to NOT be present on-site DURING the retreat itself.

We encourage all our Presvyteres to attend the NSP Retreat in October

The affordable registration and hotel rates are made possible as incentives to participate in the entire retreat, and all attendees are expected to receive the full benefit of the retreat by participating in all events.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The discounted hotel rate is available only to clergy who register and participate in the retreat events. Attendees who register but do not participate in the retreat will be charged full room rates.

You Pick the Prize! / register early and you could win!

 

WIN AND PICK YOUR PRIZE!

Some of us like tech gadgets, some like great food and still others like to travel. So instead of us picking a prize to give away for early registration, this time around we're letting you pick the prize! If you are chosen as the winner, you will have your choice between the following three great prizes: 1) An Amazon gift card for the gadget of your choice or anything else on Amazon (Value: $300); 2) An Outback Steak House Gift Certificate big enough to take the entire family and some friends for dinner at any of over 750 locations (Value: $300); 3) A Hotels.com Gift Certificate for an overnight stay in any of 150,000 locations (Value: $300).


 
 

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES

CHECK THIS OUT: THE EARLIER YOU REGISTER, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES! Register by September 28th and your name will be put in a drawing for the "Pick Your Prize" drawing. For each day before September 28th, your name will be entered AGAIN! So register on July 10th and your name will be entered 80 times. Register on June 5th and your name will be entered 115 times! Get it? Why wait? Register early, increase your chances!

 
 

ABOUT THE "PICK YOUR PRIZE" DRAWING

The random drawing to choose a winner will take place on September 29, 2019. The winner will be announced in San Antonio at the Retreat. Winner must be present or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up, so don't miss any of the events! Winner will choose the prize at that time and it will be delivered following the Retreat. Winner is responsible for all taxes or additional charges.

 

Contact Us / ask questions - get answers

Have a question that wasn't answered here? Contact us at [email protected]
(c) 2019 The Archdiocesan Presbyters Council. apc.goarch.org.
A ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.