On the weekend of October 12-14th, 2018, the 2018 Youth and Family Conference was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On Friday night, participants registered and partook in fellowship. On Saturday, October 13th, educational sessions were held at Loretto College School. Among the speakers were His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto, Fr Steven Allen, Fr Savvas Anastasiou, Fr Nicholas Chernjavsky, Fr John Somers, Deacon Fr Paraskevas Proskos, and Deacon Fr Jeremy Burrows.
Following the sessions, Great Vespers were held at the Cathedral of Saint Nektarios. On Sunday, Matins with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was served by His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses. A lunch was held at Flipper's Fish House following the services.
A Post-Conference Summary and Photo Gallery is available here.
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