Through the Prayers of Our Holy Foremothers: How then should we serve?


A Leadership Retreat for Orthodox Christian Women Uniting Wisdom from the Past with the Challenges of Ministry Today

"To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." 1 Corinthians 12:7

October 13-15, 2006
Christ the King Retreat Center
Buffalo, Minnesota

(approximately one hour from the Twin Cities: see )

Our goal is to offer a prayerful setting for worship, learning,exploration, and fellowship among women seeking to grow in spiritual understanding, in active responsibility for their unique gifts in Christ, and in service and ministry in the Church and in the diverse communities in which we live.


Registration is now available for the Leadership Retreat for Orthodox women scheduled on Friday through Sunday, October 13-15, 2006 at Christ the King Retreat Center , Buffalo , Minnesota , about an hour from Minneapolis . The weekend is sponsored by WOMEN (Women's Orthodox Ministries and Education Network).

The Retreat theme is Through the Prayers of Our Holy Foremothers, How Should We Then Serve: A Leadership Retreat for Orthodox Christian Women Uniting Wisdom fromthe Past with the Challenges of Ministry Today.

Keynote Speaker, Orthodox theologian Dr. Valerie Karras, Ph.D., Th.D., will present on "Our Foremothers in Orthodox Worship: A Historical Perspective." Panels and workshops on varieties of parish ministries and the future of women's ministries, including the restoration of the deaconess, will be offered between regular worship services. Small groups will discuss the book Encountering Women of Faith , a collection of essays from the Saint Catherine's Vision Group released in 2005 and edited by Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald. The complete schedule for the retreat can be viewed at

One need not hold an official leadership position within the Church to attend: All are welcome. Registration fee is $190 for a double room, $220 for a single room. The registration form and the full range of registration options appears at the end of this message.

To register, send a check for your registration deposit of $40 with the following information by U.S. mail to:

Renee Zitzloff
18108 Old Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka , MN 55345.

More information is available at which offers full program details, biographies of presenters, and other related articles. A registration form can be found at: If you have questions you may E-mail or telephone Renee at 952-474-6946. Checks should be made out to: Holy Foremothers Retreat.