The Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, continues to grow in the various ministerial needs of our people. By the Grace of God, more than 85% of our parishes have secured a Church building of their own to worship and grow in the faith. However over the past decades, many of our faithful have gone beyond just meeting on Sunday, and participate in many ministries such as MGOCSM, GROW, Acolyte Training, Marth Mariam Samajam.
The ministries of our Diocese have evolved from having bible studies, and one day meetings to conferences requiring overnight stays. Some ministries, such as MGOCSM/Campus Ministry, found it difficult to host a retreat for our college students during the winter breaks, because of the unavailability of college campuses and retreat centers.
Since the enthronement of His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, as Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese, town hall styled meetings were conducted by His Grace during his Episcopal Visits to the parishes. It was during these meetings that the vision for a Retreat Center—to enable and encourage the growth of our many different ministries was first shared and discussed.
In June 2013, the Diocesan Assembly met in Baltimore, Maryland, and identified the need for a Retreat Center. The Assembly entrusted the Diocesan Council with the task of finding a suitable location for such a center.