On March 9th and 10th, 2018, the Suryoyto Women’s Group hosted their second Suryoyto Women’s Cornerstone Retreat at the Mor Aphrem Center. The event drew twenty-four women, including seven committee members, six volunteers from last year’s retreat, and 11 candidates from the different parishes in New Jersey.
Friday evening began with a prayer service at the MAC Chapel followed by opening remarks by His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak. Saturday began with morning prayers followed by a sermon given by the Very Rev. Saliba Alkassis focusing on this year’s theme, which was “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” James 4:8. This 24-hour retreat gave the women an opportunity to disconnect from their daily lives and spend quality time bonding with each other and, most importantly, with God. The women gathered in prayer and reflection; enjoying fun as well as spiritual activities. The hope is that the retreat concluded leaving the women feeling spiritually nourished and fulfilled.