FRIDAY, October 6, 2017

6:00 to 9:30 pm

6-7:00 pm     Registration

7:00                Welcome: AnnMarie Mecera, President of Saint Phoebe Center
Prayer and introductions: Rev. Father Steven Tsichlis, Pastor of Saint Paul’s
Welcome video:  Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia,
St. Phoebe Board Advisory Board

                        Keynote address: Rev. Archdeacon John Chryssavgis,
“The Missing Link:  A Fresh Look at the Diaconate”

8:30 -9:30     Reception
SATURDAY, October 7

8:00 am to 5:00 pm


8:00 am           Continental breakfast and registration

8:30                  Prayer service: Rev. Father Steven Tsichlis
Welcome: AnnMarie Mecera

9:00-10:15      Session One: The State of the Diaconate Today

Introduction of panelists and moderator: Rev. Deacon Dan Cunningham
Panelists: Rev. Father Michael Courey, Dr. James Skedros, Rev. Father
Anthony Roeber,
Rev. Father Alexander Rentel


10:15-10:30     Break

10:30-12:00     Session Two: Serving the Body of Christ: Men and Women Engaged
Diaconal Work Today

Introduction of panelists and moderator: Teva Regule
Demetra Jaquet
on Pastoral Counseling
Rev. Protodeacon Peter Danilchick on Administration and Governance
Clio Pavlantos on Chaplaincy
Rev. Deacon Paul Cherkas on Hospice and Homebound


12:00-1:30        Lunch

1:30-2:45          Session Three: Engaging the Clergy and the Faithful on the Diaconate

Introductions and moderator: Rev. Protodeacon Peter Danilchick
Speaker:  Rev. Deacon Nicholas Denysenko,
“Synods and Church Order: Testing the Spirits”


Presentation on engaging with clergy and faithful: Dr. Carrie
Frederick Frost
and Gust Mecera

Discussion Groups by Church Jurisdiction

2:45-3:00          Break

3:00-5:00          Session Four: Difficulties and Benefits of Ordaining Women Deacons

Introduction of panelists and moderator: Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos

Rev. Deacon Brian Patrick Mitchell:  Difficulties
Dr. Valerie A. Karras:  Benefits


Closing remarks by AnnMarie Mecera and prayer by Rev. Father Steven