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Men's Retreat

“Your Brother is Your Life”

August 11th – 13th 2023
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church
Butte, Montana


About the Men’s Retreat

The Orthodox MontaNika Men’s retreat follows a similar itinerary as the conference in June, but deals primarily with men’s issues and various topics concerning manhood from an Orthodox perspective (e.g., what does it mean to be a father, a brother, or a son in Orthodoxy?). This conference will include practical workshops, fraternal fellowship, pastoral guidance through the various challenges men face today, as well as clergy talks and presentations by Metropolitan Jonah, Abbot Tryphon, Fr. Hans Jacobse, and Fr. Deacon Ananias.

Price and Registration

  • Early-Bird Registration: $130
  • Regular Registration: $160
  • Boys under 12 are free
  • Orthodox priest and their families are free (voluntary donation), but they need to register early, since there is limited capacity.


Metropolitan Jonah

Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen was elected Metropolitan (Primate) of the Orthodox Church in America in 2008. He was President of both St Vladimir’s and St Tikhon’s Theological Seminaries. In 2012, Metropolitan Jonah stepped down from that position. He was then transferred to the Russian Church Abroad in 2015. Metropolitan Jonah is currently the abbot of St. Demetrius Orthodox Monastery and rector of St. Herman Orthodox Church in Stafford, VA. His educational background includes a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a M.Div. from St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, as well as a M.Th., in Dogmatics from St. Vladimir’s, and an Honorary D.D., Nashotah House Theological Seminary.

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Abbot Tryphon

Fr. Tryphon is the Abbot of the Monastery of the All-Merciful Saviour, which was established in 1986 by Archimandrite Dimitry (Egoroff) of blessed memory. The Monastery is under the omophore of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

Fr. Hans Jacobse

Fr. Hans Jacobse has been a priest in the Orthodox Church for over thirty years. He is a senior contributor and a spiritual advisor for Patristic Faith’s team. He has a BA in History from the University of Minnesota, studied the Greek Language from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece where he lived for a year and started and English language school, a sought-after speaker, and contributed numerous articles to various venues on religion and culture. Fr. Hans also runs the St. Paisios Brotherhood.

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Fr. Dcn. Ananias

Fr. Deacon Ananias Sorem, PhD is CEO, Founder, and President of Patristic Faith, as well as the Founder and Organizer of Orthodox MontaNika. Father is an Orthodox apologist and Professor of Philosophy at Fullerton College and Carroll College. He serves with Fr. Russell Rodoicich at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, MT. Fr. Deacon has a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, together with an MA (Honors) and PhD in Philosophy (Epistemology; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Mind) from University College Dublin. His current academic work focuses on philosophical theology, epistemology, and the philosophy of science. Father is the author of several articles and peer-reviewed papers, including: “Searle, Materialism, and the Mind-Body Problem,” “Gnostic Scientism and Technocratic Totalitarianism,” “An Orthodox Approach to the Dangers of Modernity and Technology,” and “An Orthodox Theory of Knowledge: The Epistemological and Apologetic Methods of the Church Fathers.” He is also known for his YouTube channel, the Norwegian Nous (now Patristic Faith), where he provides content on theology, apologetics, logic, and philosophy. He is also a co-author of the recent book with esteemed Orthodox priests and scholars, Let No One Fear Death: Orthodox Christian Leaders Respond to the Covid-19 Challenge.

Schedule of Events

Conference Itinerary and Further Details to Come!

6/07 Wednesday
No Official events for Wednesday

6/08 Thursday
Opening Banquet Dinner

6/09 Friday
Day 1 of Speakers 

6/10 Saturday
Day 2 of Speakers 

Men’s Combo

Tickets to Conference & Men’s Retreat
$340 $ 220
  • Ticket to June MontaNika Conference
  • Ticket to Men’s August Retreat
  • Everything that is included in each event

Early Bird Retreat Ticket

SALE ENDS 4.21.2023
$160 $ 130
  • MontaNika bag
  • 6 total meals
  • Access to all events
  • Access to all speaker sessions
  • Recordings of speaker sessions
  • Discount code for for the Official Conference Hotel

Regular retreat Ticket

Limited Quantity
$ 160
  • MontaNika bag
  • 6 total meals
  • Access to all events
  • Access to all speaker sessions
  • Recordings of speaker sessions
  • Discount code for the Official Conference Hotel

Orthodox MontaNika Conference
"Seek First the Kingdom of God"​

June 7th – June 11th 2023
Butte, Montana

The Orthodox MontaNika conference was formed by Fr. Deacon Ananias in August 2021 to launch his Orthodox online ministry, Patristic Faith, and promote Orthodox growth and missions in Montana. The first conference was held in Helena and was a success, leading to a larger conference in Butte the following year. The demand for the conference has led to it becoming an annual event with a focus on Orthodox missions and apologetics. The conference features speakers, tours, services, and fellowship, and aims to showcase the potential of Orthodox life in Montana. The 2023 conference's theme is "Seek First the Kingdom of God" with Bishop Maxim as the keynote speaker.


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