“Let all that you do be done in love.” I Corinthians 16:14

The Clergy Continuing Education Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco is hosting a retreat for Clergy, Deacons and Diaconal candidates (current and potential) from November 3 – 5, 2023. The retreat will feature guest presenter Fr. Seraphim Aldea, founder of the Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints on the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides.

The retreat is also open to all interested faithful, who will have the opportunity to benefit from the insightful presentations being offered by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos and Fr. Seraphim Aldea.

Join us for a weekend of enlightenment, reflection, and mentoring. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be held at Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA.

Featured Speaker

Profile Fr Seraphim Aldea

Fr. Seraphim Aldea

Fr. Seraphim was tonsured as a monk in 2005 at Rasca monastery in Bucovine, North Moldavia. He has a PhD in Modern Theology from the University of Durham (UK) for a thesis on Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov's Ecclesiology. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Theology, Oxford University, while working to found the first Orthodox monastery in the Hebrides in over a millennium.


Friday, November 3, 2023

  • Great Vespers
  • Registration
  • Dinner
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Archpastoral Reflection – His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco

Saturday, November 4, 2023

  • Matins
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Featured Presentation – Fr. Seraphim Aldea
  • Lunch
  • Orthodoxy in Scotland – Fr. Seraphim Aldea
  • Panel discussion/Q&A – Metropolitan Gerasimos and Fr. Seraphim Aldea
  • Great Vespers
  • Private Dinner at Saint Paul Church (only for clergy and current/potential diaconal candidates and spouses)

Sunday, November 5, 2023

  • Matins and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
  • Lunch
  • Departures

Retreat Registration

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2023.

Registration for Clergy, Deacons and Diaconal Candidates: $100 per person and includes all meals and retreat materials.

Presvyteres, Diakonisses, and Parishioners are welcome to attend: $50 per person.


Hotel Accommodations

Hotel reservation deadline: Monday, October 9, 2023

A block of rooms is available at the Courtyard Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County for $129 per night.


For more information, please contact one of the following: