Retreat features Greek scholar priest

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church will host a Christian retreat with featured Christian scholar and monk, Father Maximos of the Monastery of Simonopetra in Mount Athos, Greece. His focus will be on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, “Return from Exile and the Paradox of Divine Love” examining the dynamic among the father and two sons in the Bible story.The retreat opens with a light supper at 6 p.m. March 1 with “Return from Exile. The “Parable of the Prodigal Son” at 7 p.m. March 2 will offer a continental breakfast at 10 a.m. with “The Paradox of Divine Love – the Elder Son” at 11 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. and “The Paradox of Divine Love – the Father” at 2 p.m. at the church, 3459 Manchester Ave.

At 10 a.m. March 3, join the Divine Liturgy with a homily by Father Maximos. Reservations are required by Feb. 25 by calling (760) 942-0920 or email to or visit Donations are greatly appreciated. Make checks payable to Sts. Constantine and Helen.

Recently featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Mount Athos, Father Maximos holds a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He spent seven years as a professor at Harvard Divinity School of theology. He is currently a visiting professor at Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Mass., teaching courses on Orthodox spirituality and the theology of the Church Fathers.

Founded in 1979, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church serves the liturgical and sacramental needs of the Orthodox Christian community in northern San Diego Cou



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