Another incredible summer of Fanari Camp is in the books. The grounds of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center are quiet now, but the spirit of our campers will continue to be felt throughout!
The culmination of our beautiful week was attending Divine Liturgy before our departure today. The Very Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Margellos, Fr. George Pappas, Fr. Panteleimon Dalanis, Fr. Peter Sarolas and Deacon Chris Avramopoulos, celebrated the Divine Liturgy together and chanted a trisigion for our beloved Metropolitan Iakovos, Fr. Bill Chiganos, and all those Fanari campers, counselors, clergy and benefactors of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center, who have fallen asleep in the Lord. May their memory be eternal!
Today was the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Markella. The Very Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Margellos spoke in his sermon about how in our society, we raise up strong and successful women as an example to our younger generation of girls, which is good and right. However, we should also look at the woman saints and martyrs of the church, like St. Markella, and especially the Panagia, who are also role models and women to emulate for their spiritual strength and convictions towards Christ. May they intercede for us all!
As the time has come to say goodbye, we thank all the Session 4 clergy and counselors for giving a week of their time and talents, to minister to the youth of our Metropolis. It’s because of their love and dedication to our program, that we are nourished in our Orthodox faith, which has brought us together for a memorable week of worship, laughter and friendship.
Finally, to our phenomenal counselors and Core Staff, who attended all 4 sessions this summer, may you be blessed; may you be strengthened; may you always continue down the path to Christ; and may you finally get some sleep. 🙂
It’s been a blessing to share our daily activities and photos with you each session. Farewell, for the last time, from Fanari Camp 2017! May God bless and watch over you all, for the remainder of your summer.
In Christ, Diakonissa Nicole