Group Retreats

The Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints retreat 23-27th October 2019

St John Chrysostom Research Group is happy to announce a retreat to the new Orthodox monastery on the island of Mull. Some of our group members were there in June and the founder of the monastery Father Seraphim Aldea has invited our group to come there for a retreat.

We would also like to organise an informal theological discussion during the retreat.

Father Seraphim did a PhD with Fr Andrew Louth. He is a theologian and a man of prayer. We hope, he could make us discover all the local Celtic saints from the first centuries in this beautiful place.

Here are a couple of links to Fr Seraphim talks:

Previous Retreats

Palm Sunday retreat in the Patriarchal Stavropegic Orthodox Monastery of St John the Baptist 30 March-2 April 2018



The Orthodox monastery in Essex was founded by Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov) (1895-1993)  in 1958. It is the oldest Orthodox religious community in the UK. It is a monastic community for both men and women, directly under the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Departure: Friday 30th March 2018 6 am

Return: Monday 2 April (time TBC)

Please contact us →   if you want to join the retreat.

Read here  →  Prayer of Spirit and The Struggle in Prayer by Archimandrite Sophrony

You can also download the text here →

Cycle of services in the Monastery

 Saturday: 7:00 am – Hours and Divine Liturgy

                     5:00-9:00pm – Vigil

Sunday:   10:15 am – Hours and Divine Liturgy

                    3:00 pm – Vespers and Paraklesis, followed by talks in Greek and English

Daily:         6.00-8:30 am and 5:30-8:00 pm – Repetition of the Jesus Prayer 

Tuesday: 7:00 am – Hours and Divine Liturgy

Feastdays: Vigil on a preceding evening; Hours and Divine Liturgy in the morning.

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