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ACYOA Lenten Retreats

The ACYOA Central Council held a Regional Lenten Retreat series for the 2023 Lenten season. These in-person, day-long retreats were open to all ACYOA Seniors across the Eastern Diocese and Armenian young adults ages 18 and up. The series was held in four regions across the Eastern Diocese: Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, New England and South.

After a brief hiatus, the ACYOA Central Council brought back retreats to Lenten season with the 2022 ACYOA Seniors National Lenten Retreat. This retreat was held at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, Wisconsin from Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27. The National Lenten Retreat was open to ACYOA Seniors from across the Eastern Diocese to get away for a weekend of reflection, spiritual growth and fellowship through a series of workshops, lectures, and outdoor activities.

2024 ACYOA Seniors Regional Lenten Retreat Series

The ACYOA Central Council held its 2024 ACYOA Seniors Regional Lenten Retreat series in four regions across the Eastern Diocese, on March 2nd and March 9th.

Young adults ages 18 - 30 gathered and explored in-depth the seven "I Am" statements made by Jesus Christ. The retreats were held at the following parishes:

  • St. John Armenian Church, Southfield, MI (March 2)

  • St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Carrollton, TX (March 2)

  • Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Church, Providence, RI (March 9)

  • St. Mary Armenian Church, Washington, D.C. (March 9)

These day-long retreats served as a welcoming space for all to learn and grow in their faith together during this Lenten Season, while engaging in fun fellowship and meaningful reflection. 

Day-long and two-day ACYOA Juniors retreats are also being held during Lent! For more information, please email Deacon Adam Bullock at  

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2023 ACYOA Seniors Regional Lenten Retreat Series

On Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 11, the ACYOA Central Council hosted seventy young adults at four Diocesan parishes for the 2023 ACYOA Regional Lenten Retreat Series.


Participants from over twenty parish communities convened in Racine, Watertown, Carrollton and Bayside as they engaged in meaningful dialogue, prayer and reflection. Attendees spent the day dissecting the Three Pillars of Great Lent (Fasting, Charity and Prayer), unwinding with prayer services, writing prayer cards for parishioners in need of support from the retreat's host parishes, and getting to know one another.

The ACYOA Central Council thanks all of our participants and clergy for making the 2023 Lenten Retreat series a huge success!


Previous ACYOA Seniors Lenten Retreat Highlights

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