St Iakovos Retreat Center hosted the first Archon Retreat May 6-8, 2016. Members first attended the Open House and feast on Friday, enjoying fellowship and worship. Many stayed overnight on the Retreat Center grounds to attend the official begin of the retreat the following morning.

A Saturday morning Business and Planning session started the day, with key items addressed including planning for future events centered around the 5 Key Points of Concern for the future of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and ways to increase attendance at functions and events.

The event was topped off with a Keynote Address by Father David Bissias of Hammond, Indiana. His outstanding and informative address was titled "Primus Inter Pares: The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Conciliar Tradition of the Church" and centered around the upcoming Holy and Great Council.

To see highlights from the event, please check out our Flickr Album