Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Praying with the Psalms

Enjoy this short video about the psalms produced by the Eparchy of Parma and featuring some of us!

The Psalms from The Eparchy of Parma on Vimeo.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bridegroom's Banquet Registration Extended

There are still seats available for the Bridegroom's Banquet, our benefit dinner on Nov. 5, so registration has been extended a week, until Fri. Oct. 28. We hope to enjoy the evening with you! Click here to register or to find out how you can contribute toward the matching funds from afar! God bless you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Meet the band for the Bridegroom's Banquet

During part of the Bridegroom's Banquet, our benefit dinner on Nov. 5, our guests will enjoy music from the band Zug. The band is comprised of young Cleveland guys, most of whom are priests.

We asked band member Fr. Patrick Anderson to explain the name Zug. He replied:
"Song of Songs 1:4 says it all: 'Draw me Lord and we will run.' Zug means train in German, and it means literally to draw, to pull. It is theological in the sense that Christ attracts, pulls, all to Himself. We are drawn by the transcendentals of the True, the Good, the Beautiful, ultimately to Christ. And as we are drawn by Christ, we want to be a connector between Christ and each person listening and joining into the music we play, just as a train car links to train car, all pulled by the single engine."
May we follow the example of the guys of Zug, allowing ourselves to be drawn to Christ, and drawing others to Him by our lives. "Draw me and we will run" (Sg 1:4, quoted above).

This photo is from last year's benefit dinner, which was held at the monastery. This year the event will take place at St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Brecksville, Ohio. Admission is free, but registration is required by Oct. 21. The registration deadline is quickly approaching, so if you are interested, please visit our Bridegroom's Banquet page! All donations and pledges that evening will be doubled (up to $50,000), as well as donations mailed in before Nov. 5 and marked for the Bridegroom's Banquet. Thank you so much for your support!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Photos from our Fall Work Day

Thank you to our awesome volunteers! It was a very fun and productive day! Thank you also to Bishop John for coming out to celebrate Great Vespers. Click to enjoy our photos from the day.

Friday, September 30, 2016

A chance for your donation to be doubled

A generous benefactor has pledged to match donations given/pledged at our benefit dinner on Nov. 5, up to $50,000! Whatever you can give will be doubled! Please visit our Bridegroom's Banquet page to learn more about the event and to register.

How to Help if You Can’t Attend the Event
Your donation can still be doubled! Send in a donation before Nov. 5 and indicate “Bridegroom’s Banquet.” We are also in need of your prayers for a beautiful and fruitful event!

Where Will the Funds Go?
Your donation will help with two needs:

  1. To keep our monastery running so that we can continue  our life of prayer and hospitality
  2. To purchase/construct at least one cabin (“poustinia”) to meet the growing need for personal retreat space for our retreatants and our growing community

Monday, September 19, 2016

Summer/Fall Issue of Pomegranate Blossoms

Enjoy Mother Theodora's reflection on the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in her cover article, "The Oil of Desire." Learn more about our upcoming benefit dinner, the "Bridegroom's Banquet." Read a reflection from Sr. Iliana on her first year as a rasophore nun. See photos from our newly completed East Wing renovations. Enjoy lots of photos from Girls' Camp and the Mariapoch Pilgrimage! (Click on the image below)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Magdala Apostolate Video

Check out this 3.5 minute video which includes footage and interviews from our community. The video was produced to get the word out about the Magdala Apostolate, which provides education/formation for women religious through the internet in a "real-time" classroom setting. We are so grateful for this apostolate which allows us to receive education without leaving the monastery! It is provided to us free of charge. Please consider supporting this wonderful apostolate!