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

Nativity Monastery Fall Retreat

Marriage, Asceticism, and the Journey to Holiness

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The sisters of Nativity Monastery remind you that seating is now available for a special Fall Retreat to be held at The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

We also welcome our Guest Speaker: Father Sean A. Levine

Schedule of Events (all times are approximate):

8:30 - Prayers before communion and hours
9:00 - Divine Liturgy      
10:30am - Continental Breakfast
11:00am - First Session  
12:30pm - Break
12:45pm - Lunch/Reception at the Retreat Center
1:30pm - Second Session
3:00 - Questions
4:00pm - Vespers

You may RSVP by calling the monastery at 903-498-4474 or by sending an email to nativitymonastery@gmail.com.  When you RSVP, please let us know how many will be attending with you.

Marriage, Asceticism, and the Journey to Holiness

Fr. Sean will speak on marriage as an ascetic vocation, what he has learned about “family systems” that might help people with navigating marital difficulties, family structure/hierarchy and “obedience” in Orthodox marriage, and how marriage and family represents a path to theosis.


FrSeanLevineFamilyFr. (Maj.) Sean Levine first entered active military service (Army) as an enlisted Chaplain Assistant in March of 1996. In 1999 he attended graduate school at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Having completed a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 2002, Sean started a second Master of Arts degree focused on Biblical Studies, finishing all but two classes before being accepted back onto active duty as a licensed Protestant pastor, commissioned officer, and Chaplain. In December of 2006, Chaplain Levine left active service again in order to complete the MA in Biblical Studies at Asbury. He then moved to New York City (Crestwood) to attend Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary where he was ordained to the diaconate on March 1, 2009 and then to the Holy Priesthood on May 16 that same year. He completed the Master of Divinity degree and graduated in May 2010 having already applied to return to the Army Chaplain Corp s.

Presently, Father Sean serves as an Intern, Chaplain Family Life Center, Fort Hood, Texas. Father Sean specializes in the interaction between psychology and religion/spirituality in reference to the Moral Injuries and PTSD evidenced within war veteran community. With the support of his wife of 27 years, the former Jennifer L. Adams, and his two sons Ethan and Andrew, Father Sean intends to continue his Army career until the Army or the Church sends him elsewhere.