Announcement of Pastoral Retreat of the Diocese of Montréal & Canada. March, 2018

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To all the rectors and clergy of the parishes of the Canadian Diocese,
to all the members of the Diocesan Council of the Canadian Diocese.


You are hereby informed that, between March 5 and March 7, 2018, at the Russian Orthodox Church of “Our Lady of Smolensk”, 5 Birch Rd, Box 2-6, Jacksons Point, ON L0E 1L0, phone (416) 574-1221, the the Annual Pastoral Lenten Retreat of the Clergy of the Diocese of Canada will be held under my presidency.

Participation in the Clergy Retreat are obligatory for all clergymen of the Diocese. If, for some important reason, it prove impossible to travel to Jacksons Point 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 and agenda of our meeting may be discussed with Diocesan Council Secretary Rev. 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.

With the questions regarding accommodation in the hotel, or, if possible, in the private homes of parishioners, please contact the rector of the Our Lady of Smolensk parish Rev. Maxim Abroskine, (75 Brule Lakeway Jacksons Point, ON L0E 1L0) at (416) 574-1221 and/or e-mail: We remind you that the cost of living in a hotel for the clergy should be paid by their parishes.

We remind our clergy that they should bring with them vestments of a lenten (purple) color.

Below find a tentative agenda for our meeting in Jacksons Point

Monday, March 5
3:00 PM Gathering of the participants at the Church of “Our Lady of Smolensk”
3:30 Coffee/Tea
4:00 Prayer & Convocation of the Pastoral Meeting.
6:00 Great Compline
7:00 Supper

Tuesday, March 6
8:45 AM Morning Prayers
9:00 Breakfast/Coffee/Tea
9:45 Continuation of the Pastoral Meeting’s Deliberations
1:30 PM Luncheon & Break
3:00 Resumption of the Pastoral Meeting. Lecture of Rev. Deacon Andrei
Psarev (Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, USA)
5:00 Prayer rule before Holy Communion
6:00 Matins & Confession
8:00 Supper

Wednesday, March 7
8:30 AM Greeting of the Bishop; Hours; Hierarchal Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
12:00 Luncheon
1:30 PM Prayer & Departure

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

Archbishop of Montréal & Canada
January 10/23, 2018