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"When people are thinking whether to serve nationally or at a parish, I often tell them parish ministry is where the magic happens. You get to minister to people every day directly."

Thomaida Hudanish

Join Poustinia Pilgrimage & Axia Women for their first Orthodox women’s pilgrimage to Patmos, Greece!

A time set apart to focus on stillness and being with God, sharing our experiences as women, immersed in the holy wisdom and tradition of the Orthodox faith and  walking in the footsteps of a newly canonized saint.

Share in daily gatherings • Pray in St. John’s cave • Contemplative walking on ancient footpaths • Make a handmade prayer journal • Venerate relics on Leros Island • Fall in love with your prayer life • Small group of up to 20 pilgrims.

The island of Patmos, Greece - a holy place, blessed by Saint John the Beloved, Saint Amphilochios the lover of trees, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, and recently canonized Saint Gavrilia, the “ascetic of love.” Patmos has been a spiritual pilgrimage site for generations, known to Christians throughout the ages as ‘The Jerusalem of the Aegean’.


Cost: $3250, excluding airfare

Pilgrims will meet at the Athen’s airport on August 27th, spend 10 glorious days together, and be returned back to the airport on September 6th.

You can find more details and the application to attend here.
 

(Orthodox women only, please.)

Patmos Pilgrimage Teaser
Coptic women saints mosaic, Cairo

As we approach the middle of the year, it seems like a good time for a prayer inspired by our spiritual advisor, Judith Scott. This version includes our featured saints from 2023: 

We walk in the company of the women who have gone before: judges, prophets, martyrs, warriors, poets, lovers, and saints, mothers of the faith, both named and unnamed, demonstrating how many beautiful and courageous paths we can walk together toward Christ.

We walk in the company of St. Marina, who understood deeply the communal nature of both brokenness and salvation and lived heart-wide, her hand over her mouth to cover her neighbors' faults. 

Abbess Katherine on Roles

We are glad to be able to share with you, by permission, a reflection by Abbess Katherine Weston–superior of the St. Xenia Monastic Community for over 30 years and the President of the Fellowship of St. Moses the Black–in which she considers the role of deaconesses and abbesses. 

Today, because of the recent and conspicuous ordination of a female deacon in Zimbabwe, I want to start to say something about ordination.

Space Rituals and Your Mind webinar for IOCS

“A ritual is the highest form of habit” is one of Dr. Ioana Popa’s signature phrases. 

That is also how Dr. Ioana, a board-certified psychiatrist, trained spiritual director, and life coach, began her webinar, Space, Rituals and Your Mind: How to Support Sacred Habits Using Your Surroundings. The event, which Axia co-hosted for the first time with the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, began with an excellent introduction by Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff, who set the context of Orthodox women’s challenges and opportunities - particularly in the UK, where they are based.