Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center is an investment for the present, and future of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in North America. We must continue to invest and seek opportunities to build up, and strengthen our witness in this continent. This sacred place is nestled away in Dalton, Pennsylvania, which is just minutes outside of downtown Scranton. It is enthroned on more than 300 sprawling acres and includes a lake, beautiful trees, and rolling hills ideal for outdoor meditation.
Since the purchase of this sacred place in 2017, over 4,500 people from all walks of life have entered to used our sacred space for prayer, reflection, meditation, and rejuvenation. Some of the major plans for the Retreat Center include structural enhancements and ministerial initiatives. Such initiatives include a liturgical music school, a catechetical school to teach about the Orthodox Christian faith, and a Diaconate Training Program. It is our hope to restore the diaconate in the Malankara Church in North America.
A cherished dream of His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan is the revival of a true monastic movement, based from the Retreat Center. It is the prayer of the Church as a whole, a group of men will consecrate their lives to transform the Diocese and the Church, through unceasing prayer from this sacred place. This monastic brotherhood will be able to provide spiritual counsel to our clergy and faithful alike for generations to come.
Beloved ones, as our Lord has blessed you richly, we pray that you will continue to share the blessings you have received for the building up of Christ’s Holy Church. Holy Scripture reminds us “God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). We pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire you to cheerfully give towards Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center.
May our Lord see your faith and love in action, as you support this ministry.