November 1 & 2 - St. Louis, MO

Called to Serve

Understanding and Engaging in Service as Orthodox Christians


As a Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve, we’re hosting a national conference in our 10th anniversary year to bring together and learn from a variety of leaders and volunteers who are making a difference in their own communities.

In Matthew 25, our Lord calls us all to serve — but what’s the best way to answer that call from a spiritual and practical point of view? Join us for two days at the La Salle Retreat Center for prayer, workshops, discussion, fellowship, and some hands-on service at the FOCUS Center in St. Louis.

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Why you should come

From clergy to social workers, volunteers, CEOs and hierarchs – all of our attendees are looking to stay connected and informed


Are you involved in local social ministry?


Are you looking to grow your impact and learn from others in similar situations?


Are you looking to be spiritually nourished, and further connect your service to your Orthodox faith?


Anberin Pasha

Orthodox filmmaker

will be screening her inspirational documentary on the social witness of St. Maria of Paris.

Judith Komline


Judith is the founder of an Orthodox charity in New Jersey. Se will be speaking about Houses of Hospitality as a model for social ministry in the Orthodox tradition.

Eric Shanburn

Director of FOCUS Detroit

Will lead a workshop on how to start and grow a robust social ministry program in your own community


Information regarding ticket packages, lodging, meals, venue, refunds, and logistics can be found below at the Tickets Section




  • Friday, November 1
  • 3:00-5:00pm
  • Check-In/Registration
  • La Salle Retreat Center
  • 5:00pm
  • Introduction
  • Seraphim Danckaert, FOCUS Executive Director
  • 5:30-6:30
  • Dinner
  • La Salle Cafeteria
  • 6:30-7:30pm
  • Screening “Love to the End”
  • Anberin Pasha, Director
  • 7:30-8:00pm
  • Discussion
  • La Salle Retreat Center
  • Saturday, November 2
  • 7:30am
  • Breakfast
  • La Salle Cafeteria
  • 9:00-10:00am
  • Poverty Simulation
  • Katrina Bitar, YES Program Director
  • 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Workshop
  • Eric Shanburn, FOCUS Detroit Director
  • 12:00-1:00pm
  • Lunch
  • La Salle Cafeteria
  • 1:30-2:30pm
  • Service Project
  • FOCUS Gateway City
  • 3:30-4:30pm
  • Workshop
  • Judith Komline, Hospitality House
  • 5:00-6:00pm
  • Vespers
  • La Salle Retreat Center
  • 6:00-7:00pm
  • Dinner
  • La Salle Cafeteria
  • 7:00pm
  • Wrap up
  • Seraphim Danckaert
  • Sunday, November 3
  • 7:30am
  • Breakfast available
  • La Salle Cafeteria
  • 9:30am
  • Check out
  • La Salle Retreat Center

Days Left to Register

Register by October 11, 2019

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Ticket Price

Standard Ticket


gets you 2 nights lodging + 5 meals

Commuter Ticket


gets you access to the conference + 4 meals


Lodging for “Standard Ticket” holders is for a private, single-occupancy room with a twin bed for Friday night (Nov 1) and Saturday night (Nov 2), with departure on Sunday morning (Nov 3).


Meals include Dinner on Nov 1; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Nov 2; and for “Standard Ticket” holders who desire it, there will be Breakfast on Nov 3 before departure from the Retreat Center.


You may cancel your reservation and receive a full refund if you notify FOCUS via email at least three (3) weeks before the conference. Please contact John Moxen with questions or to request a refund.

The Venue

Lodging, meals, and the proceedings will take place at La Salle Retreat Center 

La Salle Retreat Center

2101 Rue De La Salle Dr. Glencoe, MO 63038

John Moxen
FOCUS National Programs Manager Event Coordinator
Email & Phone
1-866-267-3083 x709

FOCUS North America

600 N. Bell Ave.
Bldg. 1, Suite 115
Carnegie, PA 15106