Notice of the Pastoral Retreat & Assembly Of the Priests & Clergy of the Diocese of Montréal & Canada March, 2015

7 February 2015

You are hereby informed that, between 24 February/9 March and 26 February/11 March (Monday-Wednesday) 2015, at the Protection of the Holy Virgin Memorial Church, (99 Stonehurst Ave., Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 4R6), the Yearly Clergy Conference and Annual Pastoral Lenten Retreat will be held under my presidency, in conjunction with the annual Lenten Retreat of the Clergy of the Diocese of Canada.

The annual meeting of the Brotherhood of St. Job of Pochaev will take place later in Montréal (Quebec).

Participation in both the Conference and the Clergy Retreat are obligatory for all clergymen of the Diocese. If, for some important reason, it prove impossible to travel to Ottawa on the designated days, we ask that you inform us well in advance, in writing, at the address of the Diocesan Administration, detailing such reasons.

All the questions regarding arrival may be discussed with Diocesan Council Secretary Fr. Alexis Pjawka, tel. 613-316-98; e-mail:, or with the administrator of the Diocesan Chancellery and my personal secretary, subdeacon Yuri G. Miloslavsky at the above address, phone number, and e-mail address of the chancellery of the Diocesan Administration in Montreal.
We remind our clergy that they should bring with them vestments of a lenten color (black or, if black is unavailable, purple).

Below find a tentative agenda for our meeting in Ottawa
Monday, 24 February/9 March
4:00 PM Gathering of the participants at the Protection of the Holy Virgin Memorial Church
4:30 Coffee/Tea
5:00 Prayer & Convocation of the Conference
7:00 Supper
7:30 Great Compline

Tuesday, 25 February/10 March
8:00 AM Morning Prayers
8:30 Breakfast/Coffee/Tea
9:00 Continuation of the Conference’s Deliberations
1:00 PM Luncheon & Break
3:00 Resumption of the Conference’s Work
5:00 Coffee/Tea
5:15 Resumption of the Conference’s Work
7:00 Supper
7:30 Matins & Confession

Wednesday, 26 February/11 March
8:00 AM Greeting of the Bishop; Hours; Hierarchal Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
12:00 Luncheon
1:00 PM Prayer & Departure

Participants will be informed in greater detail of the sequence of sessions.

+Gabriel, Archbishop of Montréal & Canada
18/31 January 2015