Our Fall 2012 Annual Parish Retreat was held, beginning with Vespers on Friday, 11/9/12, at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery. All services were at the Pecos monastery during the retreat and not at the parish location in Santa Fe. We were blessed to have Father Stephen Freeman leading the retreat. Fr. Stephen offered a number of talks during the retreat, and the sermon on Sunday at Divine liturgy. His talks provided much good discussion and new insights to all about realizing our oneness and communion with God in a “one story universe”. That is, God is not just someone “upstairs” whom we pray to once a week at church. This was mixed with an occasional insight to his wonderful Eastern Tennessee humor and character. All were in accord that he is most welcome any time he returns, and hopefully will bring Matushka Elizabeth with him next time. It was a truly wonderful weekend.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church wishes to thank the Abbot, Fr. Aidan, and the entire monastic community of the Pecos Benedictine Monastery, for the wonderful hospitality extended to our retreat attendees. The rooms and common areas were comfortable and warm, especially with the beautiful light snowfall that welcomed us on Sunday morning. The meals were incredible. And, the monastery grounds were such a peaceful and blessed location for our worship, retreat talks, private meditation and a few short “hikes”.