Monday, July 20, 2015

Join us for the 60th annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch

About the Pilgrimage
Join us for the 60th annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch (across the street from the monastery) in Burton, Ohio, on Aug. 1-2, 2015.  This year’s eparchial pilgrimage also marks the 300th anniversary of the weeping of the replica of the original icon of Our Lady of Mariapoch in Mariapocs, Hungary, Aug. 1-5, 1715, which is considered the birth of the shrine in Hungary.  All are invited to this anniversary pilgrimage in Burton for a weekend of prayer and fellowship in honor of, and in supplication to, the Mother of God.  We will pray especially for persecuted Christians and for the end to terrorism.  Come during the day or camp out overnight.  The weekend will culminate with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop John on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  For the full schedule and other information, please visit  Teens wishing to participate in the chaperoned campout program must submit a release form and payment by July 27.  With questions, please call the nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery at 440-834-0290.  Updates are also available on the Facebook page for the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch.

ByzanTEEN Campout
Teens ages 13-18--join us for a weekend of prayer and fun during the 60th annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch in Burton, Ohio, Aug. 1-2, 2015.  For the schedule, more information and to register, visit  To participate in this chaperoned campout program, you must submit a release form and payment by July 27. The cost is $25, which includes all meals.  With questions, please contact the nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery at 440-834-0290 or
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About the Speaker
Our speaker this year is Seminarian Patrick Schultz. God-willing, Patrick will be ordained a deacon in October and a priest in May for the Diocese of Cleveland. Patrick is a dynamic speaker who will talk about the persecutions facing the Church in both the Middle East and in our own country, and to what God is calling us in the face of these persecutions. His talk, "Awash Amidst Heresies & Idols: A Look at the Church and the World," will take place on Sunday, August 2, at 1:30 p.m.

Patrick will also speak about his vocational journey, at the campfire on Saturday, August 1, at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Exciting updates for our "Mumford & Nuns" BBQ

Only 10 days left to purchase your ticket for our "Mumford & Nuns" BBQ on July 11!  Don't miss out on a great evening and a chance to support our monastic life!  Here are some updates:

1. Blazin Bills, a popular local restaurant, will be catering our BBQ!

2. We've added a few items to our silent auction sneak peak:
-A kayak
-A framed print of a drawing from Lord of the Rings by Sr. Cecilia
-A trap-shooting experience for two

3. Our jam, jelly and notecards will be available for purchase during the event

Visit our BBQ page for more information and to purchase a ticket! Tickets are $60/person or $110/couple. Please purchase your ticket by June 30.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pomegranate Blossoms

Our Spring/Summer edition of Pomegranate Blossoms is hot off the press!  Enjoy a great reflection by Sr. Gabriella about change and making space for God, based on her experience with our current renovations.  Learn about our newest dokimos (postulant) Moki.  Let Mother update you on our renovations.  See what groups have visited the monastery recently and what talks we've given, and find out about our upcoming events.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Join us for our first fundraising event!

We're excited to invite you to "Mumford & Nuns" BBQ, our first fundraising event, on Saturday, July 11!  Enjoy a BBQ cookout, live music, monastery tours, a silent auction, raffles and more!  “Mumford & Nuns” BBQ is a “play on words” with the name of the popular band “Mumford & Sons” and will take place at the monastery (on Mumford Road!). The event is for adults 21 and older.

We are grateful to a committee of volunteers from Byzantine and Roman Catholic parishes in Northeast Ohio for suggesting and helping with this event. We think this will be a great opportunity for you to visit the monastery, pray with us, enjoy an evening out, have an opportunity to get to know us, and support monastic life during this Year of Consecrated Life.

Visit our BBQ page for more information and to purchase a ticket! Tickets are $60/person or $110/couple. Please purchase your ticket by June 30. We are also in need of table sponsors and event sponsors.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the silent auction items:

  • An icon of Christ the Bridegroom hand-painted in the traditional egg-tempera style by postulant Moki Lonchyna
  • Framed photographs by Fr. Patrick Anderson
  • A dinner cooked for you, and up to six guests, by Mother Theodora
  • Themed gift baskets

We hope you can join us for a great evening!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Girls' Camp registration is now open!

Teen girls!  It's time to sign up for Girls' Camp!  Our theme this year is "Beautifully Made.  Wholly Redeemed." 

Girls' Camp is open to girls 13-18.  The camp takes place here on the monastery grounds and is led by us and other young adult women.  The event is sponsored by the Eparchy of Parma Office of Vocations and provides an opportunity for teen girls to discover different vocations in the Church and develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

For more information and to register, visit our Teen Girls' tab.  Be sure to register by June 15! Space is limited!  There is also a camp for boys 8-18, taking place at the same time across the street from us at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch.  More information is available here. We will close the camp at the shrine with the boys and their families on Sunday, June 28, with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Bishop John, followed by lunch.

Watch our short Girls' Camp video below to see what we do at Girls' Camp!

Click here to view photos from last year's camp

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy 20th Anniversary of Orientale Lumen!

Today, May 2, the feast of St. Athanasius, is the day, 20 years ago, that St. John Paul II signed his Apostolic Letter Orientale Lumen ("Light of the East").  This letter inspired the foundation of our monastery and the writing of our typikon (rule of life)!

So this letter is a big deal for us, and we recommend that you read it! Why?

If you are an Eastern Christian, we recommend it because it helps us to better understand who we are, our dignity, our gifts and our place in the Church and the world. It also challenges us to pray and work toward the unity of the whole Church, East and West, which is urgently necessary as we face the many attacks against Christianity and the need to be a witness of love in the world. "They will know you are My disciples by your love for one another!" (Jn 13:35). How will the world embrace the truth of Jesus Christ if His body is divided?

If you are NOT an Eastern Christian, we recommend it because it was written for you!  We will use St. John Paul II's own words from the introduction of the document:
"Since, in fact, we believe that the venerable and ancient tradition of the Eastern Churches is an integral part of the heritage of Christ's Church, the first need for Catholics is to be familiar with that tradition, so as to be nourished by it and to encourage the process of unity in the best way possible for each. 
"Our Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters are very conscious of being the living bearers of this tradition, together with our Orthodox brothers and sisters. The members of the Catholic Church of the Latin tradition must also be fully acquainted with this treasure and thus feel, with the Pope, a passionate longing that the full manifestation of the Church's catholicity be restored to the Church and to the world, expressed not by a single tradition, and still less by one community in opposition to the other; and that we too may be granted a full taste of the divinely revealed and undivided heritage of the universal Church which is preserved and grows in the life of the Churches of the East as in those of the West."
So the purpose of this letter for all of us is nourishment and unity, no matter to what Tradition we belong.  And it's not very long! :)

Let's pray in a special way today for unity, so that we may be able to "offer ourselves to God with the pure hands of reconciliation, and the people of the world will have one more well-founded reason to believe and to hope" (Orientale Lumen, 28).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Third phase of renovations begin! (While our very full monastic life continues!)

Please forgive us for our lack of updates on our renovation project--life has been so crazy around here that there isn't time to clean up the mud on the floors, let alone write a blog post! (We've found a moment to write this one now, but the mud is still on the floor...)

The second phase of our renovations are just about complete! We have moved into our new rooms and are working on moving into the new kitchen!  As this phase was finishing, we discerned that we should go ahead and move along with the next portions of the project. And that's when things got really crazy... So, here is a quick photo synopsis of what is currently happening:

The bushes in front of the monastery have been removed... that trenches around the monastery could be dug and the basement waterproofed to stop the flooding.

 We dug up the flowers in order to save them.

The pond is being drained so that it can be lined with clay and the dam replaced.

Also, while the Bobcats are here, they tore down an old garage.

Inside, we had to empty the pool room which we had been using as a big storage room.  It is now being gutted and the pool will be removed. (We're bracing ourselves for the jackhammers!) 

And, the paneling in the cloister rooms (in the north side of the monastery) is being torn down and will be replaced with drywall (and insulation in the walls, for greater quiet in our rooms).

While all of this has been going on, and even though the monastery is pretty much a disaster, we still managed to continue providing hospitality.  Some women from New Millennium Laity joined us for noon prayer, and they brought lunch to share.

 Our Serbian Orthodox nun-friends from Monastery Marcha visited with their chaplain and two visiting priests.

 We hosted some seminarians from the Diocese of Cleveland for Vespers and dinner. 

And a few other guests and retreatants have also brought their joy.

Please pray for our sanity, patience and joy, for the safety of the workers, and for successful projects! Thank you again to all of our benefactors! We are at 88% of our goal.  So close! ;)