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Spring Mid-Atlantic Regional Retreat

February 18 @ 5:00 pm - February 20 @ 11:00 am


Standing by the Cross of Christ

Keynote Speaker: Fr. Paul Abernathy

Father Paul Abernathy is an Orthodox Christian priest and the founding CEO of the Neighborhood Resilience Project. Since 2011, Fr. Paul has labored with his community to address Community Trauma with Trauma Informed Community Development; A framework that facilitates the transformation of trauma affected communities to resilient, healing and healthy communities so that people can be healthy enough to sustain opportunities and realize their potential. Under Fr. Paul’s leadership, innovative trauma-informed grass-roots strategies have been developed and implemented to address acute, transgenerational and complex trauma on a community level.  In addition to programming,  millions of dollars in various kinds of support have also been distributed to the Greater Pittsburgh Area with his direction.  Community groups from across the nation have worked with Fr. Paul to be trained in the Trauma-Informed Community Development framework.

He has a B.A. in International Studies from Wheeling Jesuit University, and holds a Master in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.  He also holds a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and was selected for Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. A former Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, Father Paul is a combat veteran of the Iraq War and has travelled and studied extensively in the Middle East.

In addition to his work with the organization, Fr. Paul is and has been a member of multiple community, state, and national boards and has received numerous community awards.

Fr. Paul is the pastor of St. Moses the Black Orthodox Church, an author, and a husband and father of two children.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, February 18 – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Williamsburg, VA:

  • Registration
  • Paraklesis
  • Introduction to the retreat

Saturday, February 19 – William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA:

  • Akathist
  • Keynote with Fr. Paul Abernathy
  • Service Activity
  • Vespers
  • Evening Dance

Sunday, February 20 – St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church in Hampton, VA:

  • Orthros
  • Divine Liturgy
  • Coffee Fellowship
Please click here to review William & Mary’s COVID-19 guidelines prior to registering for the retreat.

$20 registration includes hotel lodging for out-of-town attendees.


February 18 @ 5:00 pm
February 20 @ 11:00 am


Nathan Liu


St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church