Monastic Matters

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SGPM-Gould-newexterior-St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, Hayesville OH

The proposed new chapel by noted Orthodox architect Andrew Gould highlights the spiritual health and steady growth of St Gregory Palamas Greek Orthodox Monastery. Full story here…


atlas_of_monasteries_grande‘Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries’ Announced

(HOLY CROSS BOOKSTORE, January 26, 2016) This is just the sort of complementary title which helps support the North American Thebaid Photographic Pilgrimage Project, and I look forward to using this new Atlas as a resource in my upcoming travels.

Read my full blog post with links to order the Atlas…

St. Peter’s Monastery – Harrison, MT:  Monks, local faithful help build new monastery

(OCA, December 7, 2015):

2015-1207-montanaAt the end of September 2015, Father Innocent and Brother Ioann of the Orthodox Church in America’s Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco Monastery, Manton, CA and Brother Donald of the Serbian Western America Diocese’s Saint Herman Monastery, Platina, CA packed their bags and hopped into the Chevy pickup to head to Harrison, MT to begin work on the foundation of the new OCA monastery dedicated to Saint Peter the Apostle.  The monastery is being built on land owned by David and Betsy Hicks.  In 2011, a large wooden cross had been planted on the property when His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West blessed the establishment of the monastery.   Continue reading…


Video about the Opening of Saint Silouan’s Monastery, Sonora, CA

(ROCOR, September 24, 2015):

Abp Kyrill signs the antimins.

On 11/24 September, 2015, the day of memory of Venerable Father Silouan the Athonite, His Eminence KYRILL, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, consecrated a new men’s monastery for the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, in honor of this modern-day Saint.

The solemn dedication was also participated in by His Grace Theodosy, Bishop of Seattle; the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Irenei; many clergy of the Western American Diocese; other local clergy from various Orthodox jurisdictions; and approximately 180-210 pilgrims. At the end of the Divine Liturgy a sermon about Saint Silouan and the purpose of monasteries for the world was given by Archimandrite Irenei; and the Divine Services were completed as the faithful participated in a Cross Procession through the grounds of the monastery property. Continue reading, and view the video…