National Fall Retreat

The ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat is 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.

2020 ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat

2020 AYCOA Seniors - National Fall Retre

We are pleased to invite you to the third annual ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat for the young adults of our Diocese. The day-long virtual program is being hosted by the ACYOA Central Council on Saturday, November 14 via Zoom, and it will run from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

All young adults, 18 years old and over, are encouraged to attend. Click HERE to register online. Prior to the retreat, registered participants will receive an email with information to sign-up directly with Zoom so that they can receive an automatic confirmation email that contains a personalized Zoom link to access all retreat sessions.


We ask that all participants register by October 23 so that we have time to order and mail out each of their Retreat Care Packages. All those that register after October 23 are not guaranteed to receive one.


We have a dynamic schedule of speakers who will focus on the theme of “Heal Us, O Lord.” Our Primate, Bishop Daniel Findikyan, will begin the morning to lead us in prayer and offer inspiring words, and Fr. Hratch Sargsyan, pastor of St. Gregory of Narek Church (Richmond Heights, OH) will close our day by leading us in a closing reflective prayer. ACYOA Central Council members will open the retreat with icebreakers, and they’ll be present to lead interactive small group discussions throughout the day. 


We are pleased to share that our three main speakers will be Alex Ouzounian (Former ACYOA Central Council Member currently living in Armenia and teaching English at a Children’s Center), Dn. Yervant Kutchukian (St. Nersess Seminary graduate, former Albany Medical Center Chaplain and current PhD candidate in Eastern Christianity at the University of Oxford and St. Nersess Seminary Spiritual Director), and Maria Derderian (former ACYOA Central Council Chair, St. Nersess Seminary graduate, and current Youth Minister at St. James in Watertown, MA).


There is NO cost to participate, and all young adults are encouraged to join us. We invite all area clergy and youth directors to join us as well. 


Contact the ACYOA Central Council Ministries and Outreach Coordinators, Alina Grigorian or Melissa Mardoian, or Jennifer Morris at the Diocese for any questions.

Highlights from the 2019 ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat