“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)

On Friday, November 26, 2021, the feast day of St. John Chrysostom, the Teen Youth Group of Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, volunteered at “Feed My Starving Children”, a Christian non-profit organization that helps feed starving and malnourished children all over the world, especially in Africa. One of every nine children in the world go to bed hungry.  These statistics have a worse ratio in countries of Africa. To a starving child, hope can only begin with a reliable source of nutritious food.  About 19 million children are facing extreme hunger in the world today.

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The Youth Department, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Longin, is pleased to announce this year’s Annual Winter Youth retreat: “Loving in Christ,” to be held at the New Gračanica Monastery from Sunday, December 26th through Thursday, December 30th, 2021. We welcome all Orthodox high school students interested in attending a spiritually-edifying retreat centered on faith, fellowship, and fun. This year’s retreat includes presentations and discussions on how we may live a fruitful life “Loving in Christ” while encountering the challenges of a broken world.
This year we also invite any Orthodox college students who would be interested in serving Christ by applying to be one of our “Serving Leaders,” someone who can assist the Youth Director and staff by offering their time and talents for the duration of the retreat and serve as a primary example of Christian leadership.

Each retreat participant must complete a registration form and pay a registration fee of $150.00. Please note the fee is not refundable. We encourage those who may be experiencing financial difficulties to reach out to their parish to request assistance. Those who are unable to secure assistance from their parish, please contact Father Nikola Radovančević. We ask that all retreat participants bring $20 for a charitable cause to be decided at the retreat. No additional spending money will be necessary unless the participant would like to make purchases in the monastery bookstore and gift shop. We are so looking forward to this year’s retreat, and we thank you for your continued support of our Diocesan Youth Department.

May God be glorified through our efforts!

In Christ,

Reverend Father Nikola Radovančević
Diocesan Youth Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 414.403.9361