Rev. Fr. Vasileios Thermos, M.D., Ph.D.

Rev. Fr. Vasileios Thermos, M.D., Ph.D. is a priest of the Church of Greece. Together with his priestly ministry in Athens, he is a practicing psychiatrist, and is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Psychology at the University Ecclesiastical Academy in Athens. The author of many books and articles, he has offers spiritually provocative and clinically informed programs and retreats in Greece, the United States, Albania, and Cyprus. His insights into the fields of theology and psychology are combined with a strong undercurrent in psychoanalytic thought.

Registration Fee & Course Costs

The Registration Fee & Course Costs are $200 ($25 Registration, $175 Course Materials).  All Clergy of the Western American Diocese are required to attend all four days of the Orthodox Institute, as it encompasses the mandatory Annual Lenten Clergy Retreat.  The option to register for one or all days of the event will be available during the registration process, but we encourage participants to attend the entire event. 

The Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, and the Clergy Brotherhood of the S.O.C., welcome and encourage all Clergy and Laity, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, to attend the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute. 

Upon successful completion, and full course participation, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Institute, recognizing their continuing education in Orthodox theory and practice.​

When you register, you will be taken to a page to enter your name and information, plus name and registration information for each person you are registering for the institute event.  You will then select the days you wish to register each participant for and then finally be taken to the payment section.

Registration Information
General Attendee
For clergy and non-clergy alike. $25 registration fee +additional days of participation.
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Spousal Attendee
For clergy and non-clergy alike. $25 registration fee +additional days of participation. This registration option is ONLY for spouses of general attendees.
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Event Description
PSYCHOLOGY IN THE SERVICE OF GOD | Online Registration begins November 15th, 2016
Monday, February 13
                 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm            Registration
                 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm            Diocesan Council Meeting
                 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm            Vespers
                 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm            Dinner
                 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm            Welcome and Introductions
                                   9:00 pm            Wine & Cheese Reception and Book Signing
Tuesday, February 14
                  8:00 am – 9:00 am           Registration for New Arrivals
                9:00 am – 10:15 am           Orthos
              10:20 am – 10:50 am           Breakfast
              11:00 am – 12:00 pm           Addiction and the Person: A Psychological
                                                             and Theological Approach

             12:00 pm – 12:50 pm            Discussion
                 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm            Lunch
                 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm            Rest
                 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm            Group Discussion: 
                                                             a) Pastoral care of addicts
                                                             b) Addictive behaviors of clergy and clergy wives
                                                             c) Pleasure vs joy in contemporary Christians
                 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm            Discussion
                 5:30 pm – 6:20 pm            Vespers
                 6:30 pm – 7:20 pm            Dinner
                               Free Time
Wednesday, February 15
                  7:30 am – 9:00 am          Divine Liturgy - Meeting of Our Lord
                  9:00 am – 9:30 am          Breakfast
                9:45 am – 10:45 am          Psychosomatic health of the Orthodox Clergy in Europe
                                                            and the USA

              10:50 am – 11:40 am          Discussion
              11:40 am – 12:00 pm          Coffee Break
             12:00 pm – 12:50 pm           Group Discussion:
                                                            a) Specific stressors of clergy in America
                                                            b) Clergy wives’ burden and its impact on their health
                                                            c) Relationships among clergy as sources of either
                                                               (di)stress or alleviation/support
                 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm          Lunch
                 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm          Rest
                 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm          Discussion
                 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm          Vespers
                 5:30 pm – 6:20 pm          Dinner
                 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm          The Spiritual Father Encountering a Person with
                                                           Same-sex Attraction

                 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm          Discussion
Thursday, February 16
                  7:30 am – 8:45 am         Orthos
                  8:50 am – 9:20 am         Breakfast
                9:20 am – 10:20 am         How Can Psychological Knowledge Assist 
                                                           Spiritual Life?

              10:30 am – 11:20 am         Discussion
              11:20 am – 12:00 pm         Coffee Break
             12:00 pm – 12:50 pm          Group Discussion: 
                                                            a) What psychological training should a spiritual father receive? 
                                                            b) Pathological characters in the parish and their handling 
                                                            c) Promoting the self-knowledge of the priest
​                 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm           Lunch
                 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm           Rest
                 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm           Discussion
                 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm           Vespers           
                 5:30 pm – 6:20 pm           Dinner / Presentation of Certificates
                 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm           Overall Discussion of Retreat
                                   8:00 pm           Cheese Reception and Tvrdoš Wine Tasting
Upon successful completion, participants receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Institute, recognizing their continuing education in Orthodox theory and practice.

COURSE FEE: Up to $175 depending on days in attendance/registered, includes Course, Course Materials & Meals (Breakfast in hotels)     
Hosting parish: St. George SOC, 3025 Denver St., San Diego, CA 92117; 619.276.5827
Fr. Bratso Krsic: cell 619.316.2362

Best Western Mission Bay, 0.5 miles from St. George SOC
2575 Clarremont Drive, San Diego, California, 92117-6602, US
Phone: 619.275.5700; Toll Free Reservations:

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1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 619.276.4010;

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Airport: Lindbergh Field, San Diego International Airport (SAN); 7.2 miles from St. George SOC
3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101; Phone: 619.400.2404
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
3025 Denver St, San Diego 92117

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