With joy and gratitude to God, on this feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, we announce the official canonical establishment of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery as a sui iuris monastery of eparchial right by Bishop Milan Lach. The decree was signed on September 27, and was publicly announced at the conclusion of a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the monastery on the evening of September 30. A decree approving our typikon (rule of life) was also read. On September 29, the stavrophore nuns elected Mother Theodora as the hegumena (abbess), and after the reading of the decrees on September 30, the liturgical service of the institution of the hegumena was celebrated.
We are so grateful to Bishop John Kudrick for his invitation to begin living this life ten years ago, for taking the initial canonical steps in our foundation, and for his spiritual fatherhood. We are also so grateful to our current bishop, Bishop Milan, for taking the final steps needed to reach this canonical approval as an eparchial monastery and for loving us as a father.
We encourage you to read the meaningful text of the decree (click on the photo to enlarge it). We entrust our monastery to the protection of the Mother of God on this beautiful feast day and ask for her intercession and for yours! Thank you to all those who have supported us in so many ways and helped us to make it to this day! We will share more photos soon.