National Fall Retreat

The ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat was introduced in Fall 2018 as a new program for the young adults of our Diocese. Participants are encouraged to attend this faith-filled retreat for a weekend of reflection and an escape from daily hectic life.

2022 ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat

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The ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat was held November 11-13, 2022 at Camp Washington in Lakeside, Connecticut. Centered around the theme of "Seeking Purpose," ACYOA Seniors from over 15 parishes across the Eastern Diocese came together for a fruitful weekend of reflection, faith formation and friendship! 

Joining the ACYOA Central Council to lead the weekend's various sessions and activities were the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Rev. Fr. Haroutiun Sabounjian (Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, New Britain, CT), Rev. Fr. Voski Galstyan (St. George, Hartford, CT), Rev. Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian (St. Peter, Watervliet, NY), Fr. Nigoghos Aznavourian (St. Mark, Springfield, MA) and Dn. Yervant Kutchukian (St. Peter, Watervliet, NY).

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Highlights from Previous National Fall Retreats 

The 2021 ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat took the form of three regional, in-person retreats hosted by the ACYOA Central Council - as well as an abbreviated virtual retreat on November 7 for those unable to attend in-person. The in-person retreats were held at the following locations:

  • Mid-Atlantic (Saturday, October 16th): St. Leon Armenian Church, Fair Lawn, NJ

  • New England (Saturday, November 6): Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Cambridge, MA

  • Midwest (Saturday, November 6): St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, IL

Over 60 young adults from across the Eastern Diocese participated in a series of engaging workshops and discussions, including a scripture study and an interpretation of the word “liturgy” and what that means for our parish communities. 

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