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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.
  • Please note that speaker lineup is subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances, scheduling conflicts, or other reasons beyond our control.


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 teaches 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.

Dr. Philip Mamalakis

Dr. Philip Mamalakis with his wife, Georgia, have seven children and one new grandchild and live in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Mamalakis is the Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where teaches classes on pastoral care, marriage and family, grief, death and dying, mental health, and pastoral counseling. He has a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of theology and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in child development and family studies, specializing in marriage and family therapy. Together with Fr. Charles Joanides, Dr. Mamalakis has just completed the 2 nd Edition of, The Journey of Marriage, (GOA 2023) a resource for couples preparing for marriage in the Orthodox Church and is the author of Parenting Toward the Kingdom, Ancient Faith Publishing’s bestselling Orthodox parenting book (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2016). In addition to his teaching and writing, he is the founding Vice-Chair of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of America Mental Health Task Force and the former President of OCAMPR, the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine Psychology, and Religion. He enjoys offering seminars and retreats throughout the United States and internationally on intimacy, relationships, marriage, parenting, and family life as well as Orthodoxy and psychology.

Schedule of Events

Conference Itinerary and Further Details to Come!

8/10 Thursday

8/11 Friday
Day 1 of Speakers 

8/12 Saturday
Day 2 of Speakers 

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 Best Western