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Saints Peter & Paul


October 7-9, 2016

Our 23rd annual conference.


“Principles of Reconciliation”

Audio recordings of lectures

(All 2016 recordings)


Joy of all Who Sorrow Orthodox Church
1516 N Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Register online for this year’s conference here: (link removed).

The conference fee is $100. Payment will not happen until check-in, but advance registration is needed so that we can plan appropriately.


We will be providing morning pickup and evening dropoff shuttles to the following two hotels.
Be sure to indicate on the registration form if you need a seat on the shuttle.

Ramada Inn airport

Holiday Inn Airport

Conference rate: $79.

Use group/code “Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black”.

For reservations call 317-244-1221.

Conference rate: $103.

Use group/code “Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black”.

For reservations call 317-856-6200.

Ramada Inn flier.
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Holiday Inn flier
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Lodging in a parishioner’s home is also available on request. See the registration form for details.



Friday October 7

3:00pm Registration at Joy of All Who Sorrow Church
4:00pm Canon for Reconciliation
5:00pm Vespers
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Welcome and introduction of speakers, local clergy, hierarchs
Fr Jerome Sanderson
7:30pm Abba Moses historical sketch and sayings
Carla Thomas
8:00pm Young Orthodox Preachers Panel
Fr Paul, Dcn Turbo, Photios Mierthew, Subdcn Peter, John G, Cecil M
9:00pm Akathist to St Moses the Black
Songs and poems of joy and sorrow

Saturday October 8

7:00am Matins and Canon to the African Saints
Fr Justin Matthews, Fr Michael Carney, Carla Thomas
8:00am Breakfast
8:30am Rx for Reconciling African Americans to the Orthodox Church
Carla Thomas, MD
9:00am Deep Reconciliation: Looking Beneath the Surface
Mother Katherine
10:00am Building Bridges through Sacrificial Reconnections
Fr Alexii
11:00am Orthodox Missions in Kenya: The Creation of New Dioceses and the Challenge of the Past
His Grace Bishop Neofitos
12 noon Lunch
1:00pm Reconciliation on Orthodox Front Lines, and What It Means to Support a Seminarian
Fr Paul
2:00pm Reconciliation and Chapter Development (How to start a BSMB Chapter)
Deacon Turbo
3:00pm Principles of Reconciliation
Fr Jerome
4:00pm Brotherhood of St Moses the Black Board meeting
5:00pm Confessions and Canon of Repentance
6:00pm Vespers
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm The Unbroken Circle, Where Do We Go From Here
Fr Jerome Sanderson
9:00pm Poems, songs, remembrances

Sunday October 9

7:30am Matins, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Joy of All Who Sorrow Church
12 noon Dismissal


We are honored to have as our keynote speaker this year Bishop Neofitos of Kenya.

Bishop Neofitos

On May 13, 2016, His Beatitude Theodoros, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, during his pastoral visit to Kenya, came to the newly established Diocese of Nyeri to celebrate the enthronement of His Grace Neofitos as ruling bishop of Nyeri and Mount Kenya at the church of St. John in Thunguri.

His Grace Neofitos Kongais was born in 1970 in the village of Kesengei, in the Nandi district of Kenya. He holds a degree from the Archbishop Makarios III Patriarchal Academy in Kenya. He was ordained Deacon and a few weeks later Priest in September of 1998. He served in parishes in Nairobi and at the Patriarchal Academy there as Deputy Principal. On February 27, 2005, he was consecrated as archimandrite by His Eminence Makarios of Kenya. In the same year he was awarded a post graduate title in Theological Studies from the Theological College of Holy Cross in Boston. In 2007 he was tonsured a monk at the Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration in Veroia. On November 26, 2014, proposed by His Beatitude, he was elected by the Holy Synod as Auxiliary Bishop of the once brilliant Diocese of Nitria.

His Grace Bishop Neofitos has also put his heart and soul into serving his faithful flock in Kenya, and is especially devoted to ministering to children and families in need. To this end, and through the assistance of friends and benefactors from the United States of America, during his time as a priest and short time as a bishop, among other accomplishments, His Grace has:

  • Managed to educate 44 children through high school and universities.
  • Built:
    • An Orthodox primary academy: St. Nicholas Academy
    • A medical clinic called St. Luke
    • The Parish Church of St. Anthimos!

Other speakers

  • Fr. Jerome Sanderson
  • Mother Katherine
  • Dr. Carla Thomas
  • Fr. Alexii
  • Fr. Paul Abernathy
  • Dcn Turbo Qualls
  • Photios Mierthew
  • Subdcn Peter
  • John G.
  • Cecil M.