Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries
Jackson Michigan



Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries

29th Annual Retreat

September 30 & October 1, 2022


Our scheduled speaker, Fr. Paul, will not be able to join us this year.  Father will be attending the enthronement of His Grace Bishop Daniel in Chicago.  We appreciate his offer to speak to us and we hope he will be available sometime in the near future. 

Fr. Silviu Bunta has graciously accepted our invitation to speak at our

  2022 OWHM Retreat .


Fr. Silviu Bunta

"Scripture is our life:

thoughts on the Orthodox interpretation of Scripture."

         1.Friday evening- 7 pm  Scripture is our life: healing of our mindset.

        2. Saturday afternoon - 1pm  Scripture is our life: healing of our pain.

        3. Saturday afternoon - 2:30 Scripture is our life: healing of our thoughts.


  • Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Marquette University 1999-2005
  • M.A. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, University of Oradea, Romania 1997-1998
  • Undergraduate studies in Classics, University of Cluj, Romania 1996-1998
  • B.Div. in Orthodox Theology, University of Sibiu, Romania 1993-1997


Father Silviu grew up and lived in Romania before he and his family moved to the United States.  He studied early Judaism and ancient Christianity at Marquette University with Archbishop Alexander (Golitzin) among others.  His research and teaching have been on early Judaism, Old Testament, Jewish pseudepigraphia, the Old Testament in early Christianity, the Old Testament in the Orthodox Church, Scripture and liturgy and on scriptural and liturgical translations.  He is one of the founders of Cherubim Press, which is dedicated to the publication of Orthodox studies and liturgy.


 Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries was founded in 1992 with the mission of providing support to Orthodox Christian women who work in the medical and healing professions. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and the like.

In addition, from the inception of OWHM the founders defined all women as persons who "minister to others," including priest's wives, teachers, students, mothers and the like, and believe they would benefit from our retreat.

Our primary means of providing support to those who minister to others, is by sponsoring an annual three day retreat, which includes time for prayer, rest and reflection, opportunities for networking, and lectures given by outstanding speakers. We are grateful to have Mother Gabriella, Abbess of Holy Dormition Monastery as our spiritual director.

Some of our past speakers have included Archimadrite Roman Braga, Drs. Dan & Jane Hinshaw, Fr. Dusan Koprivica, Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Corinna Delkeskamp-Hayes, Fr. Thomas Hopko, Fr. Hans Jacobse,  Maria Molett, M.A., and Dr. Albert Rossi, Frederica Mathews-Green, Dr. Timothy Patitsis, Fr. Silviu Bunta, PhD., Rev. Deacon Stephen Muse, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, Rev John Konkle, M.Div., Ph.D. and V. Rev. Dimitrie Vincent, M.Div.

We have had many requests from men to attend our yearly retreat. In response, we have welcomed men to the Saturday lectures since 2005.  The Friday evening lecture, is for "Women Only" and will focus on the medical and healing professions. The two Saturday lectures have been open to both women and men since 2005.

 Note: Ancient Faith Radio records the OWHM retreat lectures every year.  They have been recording them since 2008 and can be heard on www.ancientfaith.com. Unfortunately, they will not be able to record our retreat this year, 2022. 

Recent Podcasts
Vessels of Love: the Body’s Involvement in Healing the World
22 Oct 2018 at 2:13pm
Rev. John Konkle, M.Div., Ph.D.