From a Monastery in the Deep South


I am leading a retreat with young teens this week. All prayers are welcome. This is my evening break time to read comments and relax a moment. My thanks to my wife for checking on comments during the day and clearing the spam.

The joy is to be with youth and to here their voices lifted to God. This has been an almost annual event for me since 1999. I have much joy in being here again. Tomorrow I float down a river in a canoe and pray to return undrowned.

I pray God’s blessing on your day, and look forward to coming home and taking up my duties there. Also pray for the good nuns who take care of us here and generously make this event possible. Monastic life in the heat of the South is its own struggle. May it be for salvation!

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present and the Glory to God podcast series.



2 responses to “From a Monastery in the Deep South”

  1. Justin Avatar

    Sounds like a hoot, Fr. Stephen! I pray for safety.

  2. Mark D. Moore Avatar

    May God bless all your work with the youth there. I’m certain they will have fond memories of the retreat which will help carry them through various times of need in their lives.

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