"All Hearts Open" Bishop's Fall Clergy Retreat


The Rev. Dr. Sam A. Portaro, Jr. 

October 16-18, 2017 
Shrine Mont Retreat Center

Sam Portaro is a retired priest of the Episcopal Church. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (AB), Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Princeton Seminary (DMin). Ordained in 1975, he served as Vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Newton, NC; Episcopal Chaplain to the College of William & Mary and Associate Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA, from 1976 until 1982; and Episcopal Chaplain & Director of Brent House at The University of Chicago, 1982-2004. Author of seven books, numerous essays and articles, in addition to CREDO faculty and writing projects, he conducts Quiet Days, retreats and has served as a consultant, educator and preacher nationwide and in England, and is a Trustee of the Pullman Educational Foundation in Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his spouse, Christopher Dionesotes, with whom he enjoys cooking, music, theater, movies, reading, and the endless cultural and culinary bounty of that beautiful city.

About the Conference

The Stewardship of Hearts  The Collect for Purity is the source of our upcoming Diocese of Virginia theme: “to you all hearts are open.”  In his retreat meditations, Sam Portaro will reflect upon several dimensions, perspectives and implications of this rich theme. In these fractious times of social, political, cultural and ecclesiological ferment and change, clergy are especially challenged to lead from and with open hearts, in service to the God of the open heart. With time and space for personal reflection and opportunity for collegial conversation, this retreat aims to practice a stewardship of the heart that renews and strengthens.

Registration is open now!

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For more information, contact Kate Wettstein at kwettstein@thediocese.net or (703) 241-0441

NOTE:  The paper registration form is a fillable PDF file.  In order to complete the form on your computer, you must first save the file to your computer.  Once it is saved, you can open and complete the form. 


The pre-retreat agenda can be found here.
The retreat agenda can be found here.

Tuesday Afternoon Activities

Information about Tuesday afternoon activities and massages can be found here.

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training

The “train the trainer’ workshops at Shrine Mont preceding the Bishop’s Spring Conference will offer an opportunity for clergy to be certified to teach the new misconduct prevention curriculum in their parish. 

Clergy members, to register click here.

The new curriculum affects both the Child Abuse Prevention and Adult Misconduct Prevention workshops.  Please contact the Assistant for Transition Ministry, Vicky Bickel, at vbickel@thediocese.net with any questions.