The Seventh National Archon Lenten Retreat was led by the Rev. Fr. Mark Arey, Director of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Fr. Mark presented an in-depth history of the title 'Archon' and the specific Archon responsibilities associated with the various offikia making reference to the Ancient Greek, Byzantine and Christian roots of the title. The Forty Archons, their spouses, family members and guests who attended the retreat learned the etiology of their specific offikion, its ancient responsibilities in the Imperial or Patriarchal Court and its modern day application in service to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Fr. Mark inspired and captivated the individual Archons present with his frequent scholarly and lively references to Ancient Greece, the Old and New Testament, the Holy Roman Empire, the Byzantine Imperial Court and the Ecumenical Patriarchate post 1453.