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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.

Registration Live For 2023 ACYOA National Fall Retreat!

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Registration is now open for the 2023 ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat! This year's retreat will take place from Friday, November 10 (5pm) to Sunday, November 12 (2pm) at the scenic St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, Wisconsin. 

We welcome all ACYOA Seniors across the Eastern Diocese and Armenian young adults ages 18 & up to come together for another fulfilling weekend of connection, reflection and faith formation! The weekend will consist of a series of small and whole group discussions, presentations, prayer services and time to explore the great outdoors! Diocesan clergy and youth workers are also invited to participate in the retreat.

The ACYOA Central Council is covering all retreat fees, lodging and meals, and will coordinate ground transportation to the retreat center from Milwaukee (MKE) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD) airports. Participants will be responsible for all other transportation costs. For more information regarding the program, please refer to the 2023 National Fall Retreat Fact Sheet.

Please register for the 2023 National Fall Retreat no later than Sunday, October 15th. For questions, please contact the ACYOA Central Council at acyoacc@gmail.com, or Jennifer Morris at (248) 648-0702 or jenniferm@armeniandiocese.org.

Highlights from Previous National Fall Retreats 

The 2022 ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat was held November 11-13 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).

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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