2018 Blessing from the Atlanta Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood

Dear Connect Conference leadership team,

O Lord, midway through the feast, 
give drink to my thirsty soul from the waters of true religion. 
For to all You the Savior cried aloud, "Let whoever is thirsty come to Me and drink."
O Christ our God, the fountain of life, glory to You.

Apolytikion for Mid-Pentecost

It is with this understanding and the unity of the Holy Spirit, we are overjoyed to hear about the upcoming Connect Conference for which you are so diligently preparing and which you have dedicated to the theme, “Understanding Our Purpose.”

With the blessings that you have received from His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, the Metropolitan of Atlanta, and from his brother hierarchs, we too wanted to add our expression of encouragement and support for this important work you are undertaking.

In the midst of the fragmentation of our modern world, you are carrying out the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing together Orthodox Christian young adults through the Connect Conference. We pray and believe that the Lord will bless your efforts.

In Christ’s Service,

The members of the Atlanta Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood

Rev. Fr. Christos P. Mars                                        Rev. Fr. Stephen Ritter
President                                                               Vice President
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral             St. James Antiochian Orthodox Church

Rev. Fr. Barnabas Powell                                       Rev. Fr. George Acsente
Treasurer                                                               Secretary
S.S. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek               S.S. Constantine and Helen Romanian
Orthodox Church                                                 Orthodox Church