Dates

Oct. 12-15, 2021

For

All Archdiocese Clergy

Location

Naples. FL

Registration

Open Now!

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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.

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Buzz / what brother clergy are saying about the retreat

We need each other!

"Personal expertise and seminary training may help us prepare for parish life, but we also need the support and community of our brother priests."

(2019 participant)

It's time for you to take care of you!

"I encourage you to start tending to those things that are keeping you from attending . . . the APC Retreat is for your benefit."

(2019 participant)

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)

 

 

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Event Speakers / encounters that challenge

HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP ELPIDOPHOROS OF AMERICA

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is the eighth Archbishop of America elected since the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in 1922. In March 2011, he was elected Metropolitan of Bursa, and in August of the same year was appointed Abbot of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of the Holy Trinity on the island of Halki. He has served as the Orthodox Secretary of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Lutheran World Federation and as a member of the Patriarchal delegations to the General Assemblies of the Conference of European Churches and the World Council of Churches. He was the Secretary of the Pan-Orthodox Synods in Sofia (1998), Istanbul (2005), Geneva (2006), and Istanbul (2008). He has been an active member of the World Council of Churches serving on its Central Committee and also serving on its Faith and Order Commission since 1996. On May 11, 2019, he was elected Archbishop of America by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and was enthroned at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City on June 22 of the same year.

FATHER JOHN CHRYSSAVGIS

Fr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne, was born in Australia, completed theology in Athens, and pursued doctoral studies in Oxford. He serves as advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues and theologian to the Ecumenical Department of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. He is the author of over forty books and numerous articles in several languages on the Church Fathers and Orthodox Spirituality. This is what Fr. John had to say when has was invited to lead our retreat: “I wouldn’t dare or presume to claim the experience and on-the-ground knowledge of the clergy that I respect and look up to. But perhaps I can try to offer some insights, looking in from the outside. As a deacon, I stand somewhere in between the presbyters and the laity; during Liturgy, I constantly move inside the altar space and outside the nave. I look forward to listening to and learning from my brothers as we reflect on and discuss how we can enhance and advance our ministry to all God’s people.”

Retreat Schedule / day by day

"Arrival"

Arrive at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, check in, connect with your brothers and enjoy exploring the resort, the beautiful beachfront and the quaint city of Naples.

"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. 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 the Naples Grande. 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: 'The Goal of the Prize - Reaching Into the Heart' (Phil. 3:14) - Fr. John Chryssavgis"

Father John offers his first of two Encounters on the Retreat theme, "Onward Together: Re-visiting and Re-envisioning the Priesthood." 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"

"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.

"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!)

"Complete Wellness: Confession, Nutrition, Financial, Fellowship"

This will be allotted free time to either, 1) Connect with a spiritual father for Confession; 2) Meet with a Financial Planner to get some advice on planning; 3) Meet with a Fitness Professional to help you set up a nutritional/fitness plan; 5) Spend time with GDC to better understand your Benefits; 4) Take a nap!

"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"

Enjoy a fabulous dinner in the Vista Ballroom with your brothers in a relaxed atmosphere of good fellowship.

"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!

"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 in the beautiful Naples Grand surroundings, 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 round of golf at the exclusive Tiburon Golf Club, take a leisurely bicycle ride through Naples either with a tour or on your own, enjoy a half-day charter fishing trip, take a relaxing Dolphin Tour, or enjoy a coastal Harley motorcycle ride. 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.

"Sunset Dinner on the Beach"

It's back: the most memorable dinner ever at an APC Retreat (originally held in 2013 on the same beach in Naples)! Stroll or ride down the mango grove walkway to the water, then enjoy a picturesque dinner on the beach, with music, great food and sand between your toes! Feel free to wear sandles...or come barefoot!

"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!

"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!)

"Morning Worship"

"O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice" (Psalm 5.3). Start the morning worshiping the Lord in thanksgiving for the gift of the retreat experience and in prayer for safe travels for all.

"Breakfast and Wrap-Up"

Get a great start to the day enjoying breakfast with your brothers, then bring it all together with a wrap-up before departing for home.

"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 / Biking, fishing, riding, dolphin watching ... whatever!

Pedal your way through the scenic areas of Naples on either a guided bicycle tour with lunch or cruise out on your own for the morning. Choose your favorite kind of bike and enjoy the day.

Spend the half day fishing for grouper, snapper and king mackerel on a 40-foot charter Gulf fishing boat. Bait, tackle, ice, fishing license, rods and reels are all provided and they will even clean the fish you catch (which you can donate to a local food bank).

Cruise along the beautiful West Coast of Florida for a few hours with your brother clergy bikers on a magnificent ride aboard your favorite Harley. Requires a motorcycle license and previous experience.

Tee off and take in the brilliant panoramic views of native Florida on the exclusive Tiburon Golf Club.

Spend the day at the Naples Grand Resort on the beach and at the hotel, taking advantage of the beautiful amenities. Enjoy the beach, pool, spa, walking and running trails on this magnificent beachfront property

Discover the sights and marine life of Naples on a sightseeing cruise. You have the opportunity to see birds, dolphins, and, season permitting, manatees. The cruise also takes you past the area’s top mansions, Keewaydin Island, and more. Relax and learn about local history, wildlife, and celebrity real estate during on board commentary. It’s the perfect time to take unobstructed photographs of the city and its natural surroundings.

Hotel

Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, Florida 34103
Phone: 844-489-9663
Group Code: "GAPCC21"
Dates: Oct. 12-15, 2021

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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: $395-$450

Register by September 10, 2021 pay only $395 - a savings of $55 over the regular rate of $450.

Hotel: $299-$597 + tax

Rooms are an affordable $199/night single or double occupancy, so save money by sharing a room with a friend and cut your cost for three nights to $299 + tax or $597 + tax for a single.

Travel: $250-$300

Airfares to Fort Myers (RSW) are ranging around $250-$300. Book early! Add an Uber or taxi to get to the hotel at around $60.

That puts the total cost range between $579 and $957 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 10, 2021.

By September 10, 2021

Cancellations requested by September 10, 2021 will receive a refund of the registration fee paid less a $100 cancellation fee.

After September 10, 2021

Cancellations requested after September 10, 2021 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 club rentals

Hospitality Suite

*Notes: Wednesday and Thursday lunches are not scheduled group meals and are on your own. Golf Adventure does not include club rentals.

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 the Naples Grande Beach 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, Oct. 20-23, 2021 in Chicago.

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.

Contact Us / ask questions - get answers

Have a question that wasn't answered here? Contact us at apc@presbyters.org

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