The St. Athanasius Family Ministry is incredibly excited to present our first annual Parenting Retreat, with guest speaker and world-renowned author, Dr. Philip Mamalakis.


This retreat serves the breadth of parents — from those contemplating starting a family, to the well-seasoned empty-nesters. This retreat is designed to aide in parenting with “Towards the Kingdom.”


Specially designed and professionally run children's programs.


Key to the success of this retreat is the cornerstone of fellowship between the couple, the family, and the church family. 

Dr. Philip Mamalakis

Dr. Philip Mamalakis


Dr. Philip Mamalakis is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Dr. Mamalakis directs the field education program and teaches classes on pastoral care, marriage and family, grief, death and dying, and topics related to pastoral counseling. He has a private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, where he works with individuals, couples, and families.

Dr. Mamalakis has an M.Div. from Holy Cross and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in child development and family studies, specializing in marriage and family therapy. He has been offering parenting courses and writing on parenting for 21 years. He enjoys leading seminars and retreats on intimacy, relationships, marriage, parenting, and family life as well as on Orthodoxy and psychology.

Dr. Mamalakis and his wife Georgia live in Boston with their seven children.


- Registration:  4pm to 6pm

- Dinner: 6pm to 7pm

- Welcome and Introductions & Session 1 "Parenting towards the kingdom": 7pm to 8:30pm

- Q&A: 8:30pm to 9:00pm

- Vespers: 9pm to 9:30pm

- Midnight Praises: 9:30pm to 10:30pm


- Divine Liturgy: 8am to 10am

- Breakfast: 10am to 11am

- Session 2 "Skills and Strategies of Setting Limits": 11am to 12:30pm

- Q&A: 12:30pm to 1pm

- Lunch: 1pm to 2:00pm

- Group Picture and Book Signing: 2pm to 3pm

- Session 3 "Talking about the tough issues": 3pm to 4:30pm

- Q&A: 4:30pm to 5pm

- Close Out and Feedback: 5pm to 5:30pm

- Check out: 5:30pm


4951 S. Washington Ave.
Titusville, Florida 32780

St. Stephen Coptic Orthodox Church and Retreat Center is an affiliate of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Youssef.


The retreat center is located on a beautiful, spacious, and serene intercostal waterfront with views of the Kennedy Space Center. It is just minutes away from the U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. Port Canaveral cruise ship and cargo port, the Daytona International Speedway, and the Orlando International Airport are a short distance from the retreat center. St. Stephen's is located near many world-famous beaches and popular theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Walt Disney World—featuring the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Registration for this retreat has ended