The Diakonia Retreat Center is our Metropolis of Atlanta's inspiring getaway. A place to relax, listen and learn through nature’s beauty.
The Diakonia Retreat Center is a destination secluded in the foothills of the Appalachain Mountains featuring wooded glens and hiking trails and its own 12 acre private lake. The campus also features a team-building ropes course, canoeing, fishing, swimming and more. The annual Saint Stephen's Summer Camp program now has five one week sessions. This past summer 450 youth from parishes throughout the Metropolis attended.
The Panagia Chapel is now being built at our Diakonia Retreat Center. Upon completion it will be the heart and life for all who attend retreats there, a unique place of prayer for all in our Metropolis now and for generations to come.
Above the the artist's view of the completed chapel.
The first set of photos that follows are of the first Divine Liturgy and the Thyranoixia (Opening of the Doors) for the Conference Center, the lower level of the Panagia Chapel on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
The following photos are of the main level of the Panagia Chapel which is still under construction (October 12, 2017).
These two photos are from the main level outside the Narthex and looking across the lake at the Dining Hall (October 12, 2017).
The set of photos below shows how construction had progressed as of February 15, 2017, during the Clergy Syndesmos Late Winter Retreat. The first is taken from outside the Dining Hall looking at the Panagia Chapel across the lake.
This photo is from the main level outside the Narthex and looking across the lake at the Dining Hall with the three residence lodges in the background.
The first photo below is a view from the side of the lake showing the Dining Hall and the three residence lodges. The photos below that show construction of the Panagia Chapel as of October 2016 during the Clergy Syndesmos Fall Retreat.
Veneration of Apostle Peter's Precious Chains; Righteous Hierodeacon Makarios of Kalogeras; Romilo the Monk of Mount Athos; Nicholas the New-Martyr of Mytilene; Peusippos, Elasippos, and Mesippos the siblings, and their grandmother Neonilla