Orthodox Men's Retreat

God's Mighty Men:  Strength and Courage

The fourth annual Orthodox Men's Retreat will be held August 25 - 28, 2019, at Water Valley Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming. 



Deacon Paul Zaharas, Chancellor, Denver
Father Lou Christopulos, Saint Catherine, Greenwood Village
Father Jordan Brown, Saints Peter and Paul, Boulder
Father Theodore Dorrance, Metropolis/Saint Catherine, Denver
Father Evan Armatas, Saint Spyridon, Loveland
Father Dimitri Kyritsis, Assumption Cathedral, Denver
Father Anthony Savas, Saint Anna, Cottonwood Heights
Father Christopher Xanthos, Holy Apostles, God’s Country
Mr. Greg Krochta, Saint Catherine, Greenwood Village



Registration is open through August 11.  The registration fee is $400 per participant.



God's Mighty Men:  Strength and Courage

Below is an outline of the Retreat Schedule

Free time activities include fishing, hiking, and horseshoes.  View the detailed retreat schedule to learn more.

Retreat Schedule
Sunday, August 25
4:00pm – Arrival at Water Valley Ranch, Registration, Free time
6:30pm – Dinner, Welcome with Fr. Lou and Ice Breakers, Fr. Christopher and Fr. Jordan
8:00pm – Open Mixer (bring your favorite beverage)

Monday, August 26
7:30am – Reveille! Rise and Shine and Give God Your Glory!
8:00am – Morning Prayers, Theme Sermonette (Fr. Lou) and Alone Time with God
8:30am - Breakfast
9:30am - Session 1, Living Courageously through Scripture  (Fr. Evan)
10:45am - Break
11:00am - Session 2, SERE: Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape; Thriving Behind Enemy Lines led by Greg Krochta, a practical session based on military training and faith
12:15pm – Lunch (bag lunch available to pick up after breakfast)
1:30- 6:30pm – Group Activities:  Introduction to Fly Fishing Seminar with Greg; fishing, hiking, shooting, personal or group time
6:30pm - Prepare for Evening Prayers
7:00pm – Evening Prayers/Father Dimitri, Sermonette
7:30pm – Dinner
8:00pm – "Feats of Strength" Team Competition; meet in Common Area; Fireside Chat, Open Mixer (bring your own favorite bevarage)
11:00 pm –Personal Time, Prayers
12:00 pm – Bedtime, lights out

Tuesday, August 27
6:30am – Reveille! Rise and Shine and Give God Your Glory!
7:00am – Morning Prayers, Sermonette (Fr. Christopher); Alone Time with God
7:30am –Breakfast
8:00am – Group Activities: fishing, hiking, shooting, personal or group time
1:00pm – Lunch in Dining Hall
1:30pm – Clean up Time
2:00pm - "Feats of Strength" Team Competition; meet in field
3:00pm - Session 3, Living Daily with Strength & Courage  Fr. Anthony
4:15pm - Session 4, Living in Watchfulness  Fr. Theodore
5:30pm - Prepare for Evening Prayers
6:00pm – Evening Prayers. Sermonette (Fr. Dimitri)
6:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm - Free Time
8:30 pm – Metropolis Update, Advocates 1000, Fireside Chat, open mixer (bring your own favorite beverage)
11:00 pm – Personal Time, Prayers
12:00 pm – Bedtime, lights out

Wednesday, August 28
6:30 am – Reveille! Rise and Shine and Give God Your Glory!
7:00 am – Divine Liturgy for feast of Saint Moses the Black (Fr. Jordan); group photograph
8:30 am - Breakfast; Farewell with Fr. Lou; Awards:  Team, Biggest Fish, Best Shooter; Free Time, Departure

Confessions: Schedule with priest




  • Bedding is provided by Water Valley.
  • Bring your favorite beverage, fishing gear & firearms.
  • Driving directions to Water Valley Ranch are included in the printable version of the schedule.
  • A Wyoming fishing license is required for all those planning to fish and can be obtained online at https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Apply-or-Buy or at the West Laramie Fly Shop located at 1657 Snowy Range Rd., Laramie, WY 82070 as well as other WY outdoor retailer locations.