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Bishops’ Day of Renewal: Advent Preaching

October 25, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bishop Leila Ortiz and Bishop Bill Gohl (Delaware-Maryland Synod) are pleased to partner with our shared outdoor ministry, Mar-Lu-Ridge, to offer a retreat and renewal opportunity for Pastors and Deacons in our synods. The Rev. Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla will be leading this Advent/Christmas Preaching themed one-day retreat.

If you cannot join in person, there will be an online Zoom option available for the two main sessions. The cost is a freewill donation of your choice. We do not want to keep anyone from being able to attend based on financial considerations.

Please register no later than Friday, October 14.


Renewal Day Schedule, Tuesday, October 25th

9:00am                                    Registration and Socializing

10:00-11:30am                       Session 1

11:45am                                  Worship

12:30pm                                  Lunch & Fellowship

Open Space/Rest/Read/Hike/Hang

2:30-4:30pm                           Session 2

For those staying later, or overnight / single accommodations in Ridge Inn

5:30pm                                    Dinner

7:00pm                                    Fireside Chat with the Bishops

8:30pm                                    Hospitality Hour

9:30pm                                    Compline

Retreat Presenter:

The Rev. Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla
Director for Theological Formation, Seminaries and Schools, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla is the Program Director for Theological Formation, Seminaries and Lay Schools in the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Rev. Dr. Goitía Padilla is an ordained minister of the ELCA rostered in the Caribbean Synod. His pastoral ministry began as a lay pastor in 1988 at El Redentor Lutheran Church in Puerto Rico. He obtained an M. Div. in 1995 and an S.T.M. in Reformation History in 2000 at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Later he graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where he obtained a Th.M. in Lutheran and Latin American Hermeneutics and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology with a component in homiletics.

As an ordained minister he has served congregations in Puerto Rico and Chicago. The Rev. Dr. Goitía Padilla was professor of theology and homiletics at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2017 and its Dean from July 2012 to December 2017. He has served on various committees in our church such as the Ecclesiology Task Force, the Theological Roundtable and the Future Directions Table. The Rev. Dr. Goitía Padilla is married to Denise Vazquez‐ Ortiz and has two children: Javier Andrés and Gabriela Denise.


October 25, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
3200 Mar Lu Ridge Rd
Jefferson, MD 21755 United States
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