A Traditional Orthodox Women's Monastery
Orthodox Church in AmericaDiocese of the South

Special Nativity Monastery Invitation

 November Monastery Retreat

 The sisters of Nativity Monastery invite you to join them for our November Retreat to be held here at The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery on Saturday, November 8, 2014

 We also welcome our Guest Speaker: Father Jason Foster - founding priest at Holy Nativity of the Lord Orthodox Mission in Shreveport, LA.

Schedule of Events (all times are approximate):

 9:30am - Divine Liturgy     

11:00am  - Continental Breakfast

11:30am - Guest Speaker: Fr. Jason Foster - Thy Nativity, O Christ Our God

1:00pm  - Lunch

1:30pm  - Guest Speaker Continues: Fr. Jason Foster - Thy Nativity, O Christ Our God

3:00pm  - Questions

4:00pm  - Break

5:00pm - Vespers

 You may RSVP by calling the monastery at 903-498-4474 or by sending an email to nativitymonastery@gmail.com.

Thy Nativity, O Christ Our God

 For most of us, the Nativity is something we usually only think about during the holiday season. However, the incarnation is something we experience during every Divine Liturgy. In the upcoming retreat, we will explore how the earliest Christians understood the theological and liturgical implications of the Word becoming flesh. God willing, our discoveries will lead us into a deeper realization of God’s grace and love shown towards us at Bethlehem and in every Eucharistic gathering.  


 Fr. Jason is the founding priest at Holy Nativity of the Lord Orthodox Mission in Shreveport, LA. He has been married to Matushka Katherine for 17 years and together they have six daughters. Before converting to the Orthodox Church, Fr. Jason served as a pastor in the Southern Baptist church and as a deacon in the Anglican Church of North America.

 Fr. Jason attended Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with an MA in Biblical Studies in 1998. He completed a Master of Divinity degree at Cranmer Theological House in 2003 and completed a Master of Theology degree in 2006 at Oxford University. In 2006, Fr. Jason was accepted into a liturgical theology PhD program at Durham University (England). His dissertation entitled, ‘Sursum corda: ritual and meaning of the liturgical command in the first five centuries of the Church' was developed under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Andrew Louth and completed in 2014.