Retreat: Theosis: Fulfilling Our Destiny
There is an inherent desire in every human heart of being drawn into the life of God, either consciously or unconsciously. This desire is manifested in the search for an all perfect love. As Fr. Boniface Lukyx writes: “Somewhere deep in the heart of every man and woman there lives a dream saved from Paradise – a dream of perfect love and fellowship.” This search causes us to seek, whether consciously or subconsciously, eternal life as our ultimate destiny. This was the life God intended for humanity since the time of Creation. We as Christians might call this search our spiritual journey and, in the Eastern Christian tradition, this transformative process of seeking our ultimate destiny (as “sharers of the divine nature” – 2 Pt. 1:4) is called theosis.
Our Retreat Director: Fr. Deacon Edward Kleinguetl serves the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh and is currently assigned to St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. An Ohio native, he has been extensively involved in retreats for all age groups including youth and young adults, both in the United States and China, and has written extensively on Eastern Christian spirituality including a work on the Jesus Prayer and another on theosis. He holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University (1982), a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas (2006), and is completing a Master of Arts in Spirituality at Loyola University Chicago (est. 2017).
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