Invites you to the Ninth Annual Meeting:


The Christian Faith




Fri.-Mon., September 3-6, 2004


Rooms will be reserved for 3 nights and 7 meals at a special group rate of $200 for each adult applicant staying with at least one other adult in the room (spouses are welcome at the same rate).  Children 12-18 years, staying in their parents' room in the Retreat Center pay $100, and 5-11 years pay $ 85.  This year, we have beds reserved in the Camping area Cabins (you bring bed linens, pillow, and covers if needed) for youth attending the meetings.  Youth registration will be available at $120 per person.  Please send your reservation (see bottom of this page) as soon as possible. Registrations mailed before July 28 can be reduced by 10%.  Reservations received after August 20, 1998 cannot be guaranteed.  Detailed information about the Antiochian Village may be obtained from their website:  The nearest major airport is in Pittsburgh.  Ligonier is about 20 miles west of Johnstown, and 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. A small airport (Westmoreland / Arnold Palmer Airport, USAir) in Latrobe, PA is about 10 miles from Ligonier. Please, let us know if you need help with transportation.


Speakers in this year's meeting include Rev. Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir Theological Seminary as guest speaker from the Orthodox Church in America, Rev. Fr. Antonios Amin of St. Mark Coptic Church (Heliopolis, Cairo) and Dr. Nos’hi Abdel-Shahid from the Patristic Studies Center (Cairo, Egypt) as guest speakers from overseas; Rev. Fr. Antonious Samaan, St. Catharines, ON, and Rev. Fr. Youssef Chehata, Anville, PA;in addition to other previous and new speakers.


Please join us in this spiritual retreat, listen to spiritual talks, participate in the workshops, discuss how we can serve our Lord and offer an acceptable testimony for Him in our present environment, and join in raising prayers to our Heavenly Father.  All members are encouraged to stay till Monday noon to get chance to discuss how to participate in SMOF activities.


"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!   It is like the precious oil upon the head ... For there the Lord commanded the blessing - Life forevermore." (Ps. 133:1-3)



Reservation Response


Please make reservations for ...... adults, ...... children (5-11 Yrs), ….. children (12-18 Yrs), and …… Youth (in Cabins) for this year's retreat.  Please enclose your check payable to Saint Mark's Orthodox Fellowship for the amount of .......................... Mail your check together with this section of the paper before 8/10/02 to SMOF, PO Box 6192, Columbia, MD 21045.






Friday, September 3

5 – 9:30 PM        Registration, Meet and Greet, Recreation and Pizza party.

9:30 – 10:30        Open discussions, Hymns & Compline.

Saturday, September 4

8 - 9 AM            Breakfast. (Sat. and Mon.)

9 - 9:30               Opening Prayer, Program Outline, Followed by Hymns.

9:30 - 10:45        Faith and Preaching Orthodoxy: Rev. Fr. Thomas Hopko.

10:45 -12            Faith and Church Unity: Rev. Fr. Thomas Hopko.

12 - 1 PM           Lunch, followed by free time (1-3 PM), and Hymns (3:00-3:15/3:45), (Sat., Sun. & Mon.).

3:45 – 5:00          Essentials of the Christian Faith: Dr. Nos’hi Abdel-Shaheed. 

5:00 - 6:00           Dinner (Sat. and Sun.), followed by free time, 6-7:30/8 PM.

8:00 – 10             Vespers, followed by Faith and Endurance of Sufferings: Fr. Antonious Samaan

10 – 10:30           Compline, Hymns (also on Sunday).

Sunday, September 5

8 – 11 AM           Holy Liturgy, followed by Group Picture.

3:15 – 3:45           SMOF General Assembly Meeting: Activity Report.

3:45 – 5:00           Faith, Salvation and New Life: Dr. Nos’hi Abdel-Shaheed.

7:30 – 8:45           Faith, Daily Behavior and Worship: Rev. Fr. Antonios Amin.

8:45 – 10              Faith: How it Grows and how it Withers: Rev. Fr. Youssef Chehata

Monday, September 6

9 – 9:30 AM         Morning Prayer, Hymns.

9:30 - 10:45          Faith and Christian Homes: Rev. Fr. Antonios Amin.

10:45 –12:00        Open Discussions, Questions & Answers, Coordination of activities and Conclusion

1:00 PM               Thanksgiving Prayer & Adjourn


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Please notice that at the same time of any Arabic talks (e.g. Fr. Antonios Amin and Dr. Nos’hi Abdel-Shaheed), English talks will be available in a different room specially for the youth.  English translation of the Arabic talk will also be provided if needed.