Saint Silouan Retreat

Lyn Breck, South Carolina, USA

Archive: MaryMartha, Volume 5, number 2, Winter/Spring 1997

Resolutions of the Tenth All-American Council (1992) called for the creation of opportunities for retreat and continuing education that could be offered to our clergy, clergy wives and other church-workers. With the blessings of His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius, the St Silouan Retreat, located near Charleston, South Carolina, has been formed to respond, on a very modest level, to some of those needs. It functions under the Pastoral Life Ministries unit of the Orthodox Church in America.

The Retreat is located on 70 acres of wooded property bordering a tidal river. It is a place of rare calm and beauty, where one or two individuals or married couples can spend several days of rest, prayer and to the extent desired, conversation with others present. Times of silence and relative solitude are punctuated by the daily offices of matins, vespers and compline. Occasionally, small groups of priests and lay persons gather for a few days of shared reflection on various theological and pastoral themes. The main purpose of the Retreat is to serve the needs of our clergy and others for periods of prayer and spiritual renewal.

Accommodations are simple, limited to two one-room guest houses with full bath and a kitchenette. Meals are provided, as is transportation from and to the Charleston airport. Costs to maintain the Retreat average about $40 per person per day. No specific fee is requested however, and the ministry depends on tax-exempt donations from guests and friends.

The Retreat has been placed under the protection of St Silouan of Mount Athos, in communion with the international "Association of St Silouan" (sponsored by the St John Baptist Monastery in England and the St Silouan Monastery in France). Those interested in spending time at the Retreat or receiving further information may contact Fr. John or Lyn Breck at 6102 Rockefeller Road,Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina (USA) 29487; tel/fax: 803. 559. 1404