a photographic pilgrimage to Orthodox Christian monasteries of the United States and Canada
Entrance of the Theotokos Skete, Hayesville Ohio
The Skete of the Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple (women, GOA), in Hayesville Ohio, is a country walk down the road from St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, its older and larger sibling.
Founded by Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh in 2001, the Skete of the Entrance is blessed with significant tillable farmland. As at St Gregory Palamas, the services are in English. Gerondissa Theadelphi, the abbess, has supervised the successful building of a new chapel, and envisions the Skete as playing a missionary role in the northern Ohio region. You will see below early fruits of this goal, through photos of the Skete’s Teen Mission Week, which ran for several consecutive years thanks to a partnership with a Cleveland parish.
A skete is smaller than a monastery, sometimes with only a couple or few monastics keeping the cycle of services and tending to the needs of the community. The Skete of the Entrance blesses visitors with a profound stillness, and has the character of a hesychasterion, an oasis of peace where one can retreat from the noise of the world.