Bl Fr Seraphim - 015The inspiration for the North American Thebaid Photographic Pilgrimage Project springs primarily from the example of seminarian Gleb Podmoshensky, whose 1961 pilgrimage to monastic sketes and settlements across the United States, Canada and Alaska, and his photographic slide show from these visits, had an inspiring and pivotal impact on a certain young man: Eugene Rose.

Gleb titled his presentation, “Holy Places in America,” and described his encounter with Eugene as follows:

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First Monastery Visits Scheduled for September

Patronal Feast of St Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, August 2013 (photo from St Tikhon’s website).

The actual travel and photography for the North American Thebaid Project is set to begin in early September, three weeks ahead of schedule. So far, this first leg of the pilgrimage includes:

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NEW, BONUS PERK for Crowdfunding Supporters

We’re off to a great start with our crowdfunding campaign for the North American Thebaid Project, currently at 20% of our goal and climbing. So, to thank our growing community of supporters, we’re adding a Special Bonus Perk for all supporters at the $25 level and above.

PursuingLightCoverIn addition to the existing rewards, all current and future supporters at $25 and up will also receive the eBook edition of my 2014 book, Pursuing the Light – Forty Years of Photography.

This coffee-table fine-art  book features a career-spanning retrospective of my landscape photographs over the last four decades, many of which have been selected for juried exhibits and won awards at shows from the Southeast to the Midwest. The eBook features the complete collection of over fifty photographs from the hardcover edition, plus the preface. You can view the book preview and explore many of the images here. And if you haven’t already, we invite you to head over to our crowdfunding site and support the Thebaid Project.

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Pilgrimage to mark 25th anniversary of Mother Alexandra’s repose

Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City PA to honor founder at annual August pilgrimage.

Transfig-Monastery-PAI made my first pilgrimages to the Monastery of the Transfiguration soon after being received into the Orthodox Church in 1987, with parish groups from St Michael’s (Antiochian) in Louisville KY, led by Fr Alexander Atty of beloved memory.

Now I am hopeful Transfiguration will be one of the first monasteries for me to visit as part of the North American Thebaid Project.

Fr. Steven Kostoff of Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit in Cincinnati, my home parish since 2001, likewise maintains close, warm relations with regional monasteries, leading annual pilgrimages alternating between Transfiguration (Ellwood City PA) and Dormition (Rives Jct. MI) monasteries. Fr Steven helped guide one of my friends (now Mother Paula) at the parish to the monastic life, and was present for her tonsure at Transfiguration several years ago.

This is the sort of strong connection between parish and monastic life which I hope to help foster through the Thebaid Project, by giving parish talks in between monastery stays, and through my photography helping to inspire the faithful to make regular pilgrimages to the monasteries in their area.

Mother Paula visited here last year and gave two wonderful talks, including a special presentation on the life of Mother Alexandra, the foundress of Holy Transfiguration Monastery. If you have the opportunity to attend this coming weekend’s Pilgrimage at Transfiguration, you will surely find yourself blessed!

Pilgrimage to mark 25th anniversary of Mother Alexandra’s, July 29, 2016:

Photo Aug 05, 2 34 29 PMThe 25th Anniversary of the repose of Mother Alexandra, the former Princess Ileana of Romania who founded Holy Transfiguration Monastery here, will be remembered during the community’s annual pilgrimage and patronal feast August 5-7, 2016.

The monastery was established in 1967 as the fulfillment of Mother Alexandra’s dream to provide a place where Orthodox Christian women from all ethnic backgrounds could live the monastic life and benefit from the liturgical cycle in English.  Since that time, her vision has been fulfilled.  The nuns, the majority of whom are converts to Orthodox Christianity, as well as the monastery’s many visitors span a variety of backgrounds. Continue reading “Pilgrimage to mark 25th anniversary of Mother Alexandra’s repose”