Healing and Wholeness in St. Mary of Egypt and the Early Fathers
One of Mary Marrocco's favorite subjects to study and discuss is the Patristic texts, that is, the writings of the early church fathers and mothers. She brought with her texts of St. Irenaeus of Lyons and St. Gregory of Nyssa's "Life of Macrina", his work on his sister Macrina.
"You'd better stop at Tim Horton's on the way. It's tradition."
This is the warning I received from the whole van of retreat-ers as we barreled down the Don Valley Parkway on our way to St. Mary of Egypt Refuge. They then discussed what action they would take, should I choose to ignore the warning. Five minutes later, all but one were asleep and softly snoring.
A Saturday Seminar was held at Lourmel House of the Lived Theology School on Saturday, Nov 28. There were 8 people in attendance including the students and others involved in various ways with the school and St. John the Compassionate Mission.
LTS students were involved in a retreat at St. Mary of Egypt Refuge on October 23-25, 2009. The students, along with other participants from around Ontario, were treated to a meditation on the life and teachings of St. Silouan the Anthonite by Paul Ladouceur – professor at Sherbrooke University, author and lecturer.
LTS opened its doors to our first students from Western Canada. Very quickly they have settled in to a routine of prayer, service, study and community life. A series of theological workshops have been setup and will be made available to outside students and others who are interested. No day seems to be the same and there seems to be no time to get bored.
"We must always draw life from the liturgy of our Church; and at the same time, we cannot forget to respond to the needs of our neighbour, especially during these difficult times in our world. The Church becomes the Church when it identifies with the most vulnerable."
Firstly on behalf of Fr Roberto and the community that is St John the Compassionate Mission I would like to thank Fr Velichko and Fr Nikolai who have joined us today for the blessing of this special house. It is our joy to have you here. Fr Roberto has asked me to say a few words about this St Maria of Paris Lived Theology School.
The Lived Theology School now has its own community house located near St. John the Compassionate Mission. We will have room for up to 8 students. Applications for this year are still very welcome. Please pass on the word to anyone you think could be interested in this opportunity to live and learn Orthodox mission in the inner-city.