St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church will host a daylong retreat focusing on prayer and “seeking the sacred inside the secular” on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The retreat leader will be the Rev. Peter Panagore of Raised both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic, and ordained in the United Church of Christ (Congregational, New Haven Association) in 1987, he served 18 years in pulpits in Connecticut and Maine, ending that portion of his career as the minister of the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, United Church of Christ.

In 2003 he was recruited to apply for the position of pastor of the First Radio Parish Church of America ( Given his theological, literary and theatrical training it is a role for which he is suited. He serves as the fifth minister of FRPCA.

From 1999 to 2006 Panagore was a staff writer at Homiletics, the leading and cutting-edge nationwide worship preparation journal for mainline clergy. Homiletics has published more than 100 of his sermons. He has also published short stories in anthologies, most notably, “Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul” by New York Times best-selling editor Jack Canfield. “Two Minutes for God” was released by Touchstone/Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in early December 2007 and landed immediately on the Maine Best Seller list.

He is married with two teenagers and lives on the coast of Maine within earshot of the sea.

Retreat worship will be led by the Rev. John Rafter at 9 a.m. at the church at 33 Chestnut St. in Camden. Attendees should bring a brown bag lunch. For more information call 236-3680 or e-mail