Antiochian Village is a picturesque, comfortable, and affordable Christian setting for retreats and group events, situated on 300 acres in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. Our spacious facility includes 100 guest rooms, a large dining room, meeting rooms, bookstore & gift shop, fitness center, walking trails, a chapel, a theological research library, and a unique heritage museum. The library was established to support the Antiochian House of Studies, a program that offers accredited graduate degrees in theology. Our museum wing, built in 2004, features exhibits that foster an understanding of Orthodox Christianity and the heritage of the Eastern Mediterranean region around the great city of Antioch, where the disciples of Christ were first called Christians (Acts 11:26).
Antiochian Village is owned and operated by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (Antiochian Archdiocese), which is one of several Orthodox Christian jurisdictions in America. Headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey, the Antiochian Archdiocese is made up of more than 250 parishes throughout the United States and Canada, and is under the leadership of Metropolitan Archbishop Joseph, as well as a number of auxiliary bishops, who provide oversight to seven dioceses across North America. Learn more about the Antiochian Archdiocese.
The Antiochian Village property has seen a long history of Christian worship, starting with the arrival of European immigrants during the 1700s. Scotch-Irish Presbyterians first gathered for church services on a hillside under the trees. A log church was built in the early 1800s, a brick church eventually followed, and in 1949 a summer camp for youth, Camp Fairfield, was established on the property by the United Presbyterian Church. The Antiochian Archdiocese purchased Camp Fairfield from the Pittsburgh Synod of the United Presbyterian Church in 1978, and has been operating Antiochian Village Camp since its first camping season in the summer of 1979. The Conference & Retreat Center opened its doors in 1985 and today serves more than 12,000 guests each year. Through the activities of both the camp and our conference and retreat center, we are honored to continue the legacy of worship and hospitality which began on this beautiful property more than two centuries ago.
“There is something mysterious about a mountain which is difficult to describe. In the Old Testament, Moses received the commandments on a mountain; Elias the Prophet witnessed to the Living God on a mountain. In the New Testament, our Lord preached the most beautiful sermon ever preached on a mountain. And when He wanted to reveal his glory to His disciples, He was transfigured on a mountain. On Ascension Day, He ascended to heaven with our human nature from a mountain. Thus, my friends, when you become weary, depressed, tired of life, empty, laden with heavy burdens, when you lose direction in life and communion with God, go to the mountain, to the Antiochian Village, and you will find rest.”
— Metropolitan Philip, founder of Antiochian Village
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