HOW YOU CAN HELP THE CENTRE: CHIEFLY, WITH YOUR PRAYERS.
support the Iona Orthodox Centre with regular prayer - daily if you
can. Any gift you may wish to send will also be greatly appreciated (no
gift is too small) - but it is your prayers above all that are needful.
Without prayer support the Centre simply could not function. Satan has a
vested interest in preventing Orthodoxy returning to this sacred Isle.
Pray that the Lord’s Will may be done on Iona and especially at the Centre:
“Our Father in Heaven, Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done,
as in Heaven, so also on Iona”.
ECUMENISM ON IONA. Right from the start we developed excellent relationships with Iona’s existing Christian Communities and Churches. Before we left the island in September 2009 I was told that the Iona Inter-denominational Prayer Group were praying for us, that we may be able to establish a permanent Orthodox House on the Isle of Iona. This entirely unsolicited loving act was indeed most heart-warming. A permanent Orthodox Centre on this sacred Island, which in the past has played such an important role in the Christian evangelisation of Britain, would obviously be a great blessing to Orthodoxy world-wide.
THE FUTURE. Two Iona Pilgrims, one Romanian, one English, approached me in the Spring of 2010 with the same suggestion: that we should now raise money to buy an Orthodox house on Iona. These men do not know each other, and there has been no contact between them.
One has now most generously given a substantial sum of money - £20,000 - to start an Appeal for funds to carry out this project.
We believe that this is God’s plan to restore Orthodoxy to Iona in our time.
Metropolitan Kallistos, our Chairman, has given his blessing to a planned Appeal for this purpose.
PLEASE GIVE NOW WHATEVER YOU CAN AFFORD TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT -
no gift is too small, and all gifts will be acknowledged
Please make your cheques payable to The Iona Orthodox Centre and send to
The Treasurer, 24, High Salterns, Ryde Road, Seaview, Isle of Wight, PO34 5AS
UPDATE ON BOOKINGS FOR 2012
The dates for 2012 are:
Saturday 28th April - Saturday 5th May
Saturday 5th May - Saturday 12th May
Saturday 15th September - Saturday 22nd September
Saturday 22nd September - Saturday 29th September
You are invited to make your individual Pilgrimage/Retreat during any of these weeks.
It is expected that there will be an Orthodox Priest resident for much of this time.
If you would like to become part of the temporary Iona Orthodox Community during one of these weeks (they are the only ones available in 2012 A.D.) , write a.s.a.p. for full details to:
Reader Ignatios Bacon, Oratory of the Theotokos and St. Cumein, Kilchuimen/Fort Augustus, Scotland PH32 4DG, or
Telephone: 01320 366457 or, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone, unable themselves to come, wishes to support Iona Orthodox Retreats financially, cheques made payable to I.O.R. may be paid into Bank of Scotland, Iona Orthodox Retreats A/c 00204769, Sort Code 80-06-84. This will enable us to continue making these Retreats available to many who cannot themselves afford the full cost (about £300) of a week at the Centre.
Please accept I.O.R.'s deep gratitude for your generosity.
1. SECRETARY for the IONA ORTHODOX CENTRE APPEAL.