Nearly a hundred women traveled to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle on 11 March 2000 for a women's retreat sponsored by the Washington Orthodox Clergy Association. Entitled, "Who are We Called to Be as Orthodox Women in the Twenty-First Century?," the retreat brought together women from thirteen churches across Washington State, including: St. Innocent (Antiochian) in Everson; St. Andrew (Antiochian) in Arlington; St. Paul (Antiochian) in Brier; St. Mary Coptic Church in Lynnwood; the Mission (Greek) in Kenmore; St. Katherine Mission (OCA) in Kirkland; St. Sava (Serbian) in Issaqua; St. Nectarios (Greek) in Pasco; St. Nicholas (Greek) in Tacoma; Holy Resurrection (OCA) in Puyallup/Tacoma; St. Spiridon (OCA) in Seattle; Assumption (Greek) in Seattle; and St. Demetrios (Greek) in Seattle. The women, of all ages, enjoyed a day of fellowship and spiritual enrichment.
After the Divine Liturgy on the second Saturday of the Souls, the women gathered for refreshments and to meet one other. Fr. John Angelis, the host priest, opened the retreat with a meditation. Presvytera Christina Perry (St. Katherine Mission) gave the first presentation called, "Who Has God Called Us to Be?" Following the luncheon, Catherine Lingas (Holy Trinity, Portland, Oregon) presented the second talk entitled, "How God Enables Us to Respond to His Call." In the afternoon, group discussions on the question "How Do I Experience God's Presence in My Life?" allowed the women to share personal experiences and spiritual insights.
After the reports were given for the group discussions, the day concluded with a closing meditation by Fr. Angelis, followed by the service of the Ninth Hour. The attendees listed several aspects of the retreat that they especially liked, including: the presentations and the group discussions, the chance to meet Orthodox women from other churches, the availability of copies of the St. Nina Quarterly (for those who did not know about it), and the large church bookstore that was set up in the back of the hall. The retreat provided for a joyous and peaceful entry into Great Lent.