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The Diaconate Boot Camp is open to readers, subdeacons and deacons, but also those, with a recommendation letter from their parish priest, who are serious about entering into the major orders of the Orthodox Church.   This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to learn from real-world masters in a liturgical environment.   Lasting four days, May 2nd through the 6th, Fr. Andre Papkov and Protodeacon Vadim Gan will instruct students in rubrics, vocal and liturgical aesthetics, as well as Russian Orthodox traditions in the art of the diaconate.  The final two days, Saturday evening and Sunday morning, the hierarchical services of All Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy will be officiated by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, along with Frs. Andre and Vadim.   Students in the minor and major orders will be selected to participate during these services.  

The 2018 Diaconate Boot Camp is hosted by St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in the Appalachian Mountains of Asheville-Fletcher area of NC.  The parish is conveniently located only 1.3 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport, and an even shorter distance to many major hotel brands, including the newly built Wingate, the official hotel of the conference.   Students will be responsible for booking their hotels, and for those interested in sharing a room with another student, our staff will work with you to help facilitate this.  Shuttle service will be provided to and from the airport and from the hotels to the conference.  Lunch and dinner will be provided for students.  Click here to learn about teachers Archpriest Andre Popkov, Protodeacon Vadim Gan and Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. 


Tuition for the 2018 Diaconate Boot Camp, including shuttle service, lunch and dinner  - $350.00



Asheville Regional Airport - 61 Terminal Drive #1, Asheville, NC 28732.  Distance to conference . . .1.2 miles

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport - 2000 GSB Drive. Greer, SC, 29651. Distance to conference  . . . . 64.2 miles


Wingate by Wyndham - This brand new hotel is only .03 miles from the conference, and earned a 4.5 out of 5 - stars on Google reviews.  Located 55 Underwood Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732.  Call the hotel directly at (828) 305-7409.  Visit their website here


Comfort Inn - This is a very good quality, newer hotel, only .08 miles from the conference.  Located at 15 Underwood Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732.   Rates are seasonal so book soon.  Call 828-687-9199.  Website is here


Hampton Inn and Suites - Also a very good quality, newer hotel only .08 miles from conference.  Located at 18 Rockwood Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732.  Call 828-687-0806.  Website is here


Econolodge - This hotel falls on the less-expensive side of the budget price range, only .05 miles from conference.  Located 196 Underwood Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732. Call (828) 684-1200.  Website is here


Super 8 Hotel - This is definitely a budget hotel only  .04 miles from the conference.  Located 183 Underwood Road I-26, Fletcher, NC 28732. Call (828) 708-7542.  Website is here


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