Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Victoria to be Tonsured as a Rasophore Nun Dec. 5

We are full of joy to announce the tonsuring of our dokimos (postulant), Victoria, as a rasophore nun on Monday, December 5! During Vespers for the Feast of St. Nicholas, Victoria will be clothed in the monastic habit, belt, riassa (robe) and skufia (hat) and receive a new monastic name. Please keep her in your prayers as she prepares for this next step in her monastic formation!

All are invited to join us for Vespers and the tonsure:

Monday, December 5, 2016
5:00 p.m.
St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church
532 Lloyd Rd. 
Euclid, Ohio

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Furnace of God's Love

The Fathers of the Church compare a person who prays to an iron rod placed in a blazing furnace of fire. By surrendering her life totally to God, a nun seeks to remain constantly in this furnace of God's love, and allow Him to transform her into Himself. What does this look like? What do nuns do? This video, which we produced for our "Bridegroom's Banquet" benefit dinner, gives a glimpse into the joys and struggles of monastic life and its purpose in the world.

Friday, November 18, 2016

We reached our goal at the "Bridegroom's Banquet!"

Thank you for helping us to "keep our lamps burning" by your prayers and support of our benefit dinner, Nov. 5, at St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Brecksville, Ohio! About 200 guests joined us for a wonderfully joyful evening of Great Vespers, dinner, music by the band Zug, and enjoying the company of so many awesome people! We also showed a video that we produced about our monastery (which we will share with you soon!)

A very generous benefactor offered to match all donations & pledges up to $50,000, and with pre-event and event donations we reached our goal!!! The funds will go towards keeping the monastery running so that we can continue our life of prayer and hospitality, and towards either the building of a poustinia cabin for individual retreats or the renovating of an empty building connected to the chapel for more retreat space. Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Click on the photo to enjoy more photos from the event.