From May 7 - May 10 the Metropolis of Clergy Syndesmos held its annual retreat in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos and 58 clergy from the throughout the Metropolis. This year’s invited speaker was Father Maximos Simonopetrites (formally Nicholas Constas) of Simonos Petras Monastery, Mount Athos. Father Maximos delivered three insightful sessions on: a) The Philokalia, b) Elder Aimilianos, c) The Ambiguum of St. Maximos the Confessor. The lectures were very well received by the Clergy of the Metropolis. In addition to the lectures, the Clergy had the opportunity to worship together for Orthros and Vespers each day, and celebrate the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Mid-Pentecost, as well as spend time in fellowship with one another during personal time.