With the blessing and presence of Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, the meeting of priests, serving in the Diocese of Damascus and Rural Damascus, was launched on Monday, June 6, at the Patriarchal Monastery of St. George Al-Humeyra and will continue until Thursday, June 9.
The meeting was opened by Vespers presided over by Patriarch John X in the monastery church. Then, the Patriarch delivered a welcoming and guiding speech, in which Patriarch John X underlined the cruciality of the meeting and fraternal gathering. Patriarch John explained that the conglomeration will bring personal and spiritual benefit to every single priest on the one hand, as well as to all the assembled and serving priests in the diocese on the other, through the exchange of pastoral experiences, concerns, and aspirations.
The Patriarch wished the participating priests that this meeting would be an opportunity for renewal and benefit on both the spiritual and practical levels.
The meeting will include a series of lectures, seminars, and activities.