Orthodox Monasteries and Monasticism

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St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai"By a special privilege, the head of the monastery of St. Catherine (left) built by Emperor Justinian I in the sixth century near the spot where Moses is said to have received the Tablets of the Law, enjoys the rank of an archbishop and the monastery has the status of an autonomous church. The archbishop-abbot is elected by the chapter of monks but receives Episcopal consecration at the hands of the Patriarch of Jerusalem. He only has jurisdiction over the monastery and the Bedouins who live in the neighborhood. The Archbishop of Sinai generally resides at the metochion (priory) of his monastery in Cairo. The monastery of Sinai possesses a very rich library of ancient Greek, Georgian, and Slavic manuscripts, and an interesting collection of icons."

The Orthodox Church: Its Past and Its Role in the World Today
by Fr. John Meyendorff

Monasteries:      (A Partial listing)
All Merciful Savior - ROCOR - Vashon Island, WA, USA.
Monastery Coffee - Blends available: Abbot’s Choice, The Promised Blend, Gourmet Decaf, and Byzantium.

Andronikov Monastery - 15th century monastery in Moscow, Russia.

Birth of the Theotokos Monastery - Levadia, Greece - English and Greek.

Bulgarian Monasteries - Chrysoskalitissa Monastery (Elafonissi, Topolia, Crete, Greece) Site 1  |  Site 2

Christ the Saviour Monastery, or Christminster - A former Benedictine monastic Community in Rhode Island Continues Western Rite mission in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

Convent of Saint Elizabeth the Grand Duchess of Russia - Etna, CA. The convent is a dependency of the Holy Monastery of Saints Cyprian and Justina in Fili, Greece.

An Excerpt from St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess’s Rule

Convent of St. Mary Magdalene - (ROCOR) Located in the Mount of Olives Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Israel.

Golia Monastery - Iassy, Romania - Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bucovina.

Hermitage of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Huntington, WV - The hermitage is an English speaking monastery for men under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The monastery is a dependency of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. 

Holy Monastery of Metamorphoseos - In Korea. The monastery was consecrated in 1988 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Dionysios of New Zealand, Exarch of Korea, and operates under the spiritual leadership of His Grace Bishop Sotirios (Trambas) of Zelon who has lived in Korea since 1975.The present Sisterhood began its residence in 1992.

Holy Monastery of St. Gregory Palamas - Hayesville, OH. Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery - Otego, NY - A monastic community for women on the New York/New Jersey Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America. This link opens the nun’s online catalog.

Holy Theodore Monastery - Crete. The site is in Greek.

Holy Transfiguration (Metamorphoseos) Monastery - Korean Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of New Zealand. 

Holy Trinity Monastery - Jordanville, NY - ROCOR. One of the largest Orthodox seminaries in America and the largest Orthodox monastery in America.

Holy Trinity Monastery - Sergiev Posad, Radonezh.

Kyiv-Pechersk Monastery - The first monastery in the Russian city where Orthodoxy was established in 988. Tour the caves of this active facility.

Manastiri: Monasteries of Yugoslavia

Monasteries of Meteora

Monasteries of Romania

Monasteries of Suzdal - Suzdal is a small town in Russia, in the Golden Ring area north of Moscow near the town of Vladimir.

Monasteries of Yugoslavia - Site 1  |  Site 2
Everyday Life in Visoki Decani Monastery

Monastero di San Serafino di Sarof - Italy.

Monastery of Hosios Loucas - Greece.

Monastery of the Glorious Ascension - Resaca, GA - Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

Monastery of the Four Evangelists - Houston, TX - Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (canonicity unclear).

Monastery of St. Andrew the First Called - Manchester, England.

Monastery on Solovki Island - A virtual tour of the monastery located on an island in Russia’s White Sea.

Monastic Community (Monastery) of St. John Maximovitch and the Holy Theotokos - Deming, New Mexico, U.S.A.  - Formation of Benedictine (OSB, OSB/obl), Thaddeans (Brotherhood of St. Jude Thaddeus = SSJt.) and Orthodox Franciscans (OOFM) under the umbrella of the American Orthodox Church (California) and the North American Orthodox Church (New Mexico).

Monastery of Toplou - Crete - It is an historical monastery of the 15th century. From the Hellenic Ministry of Culture web site in Greece.

Monastery of the Theotokos - Crete. The site is in Greek.

Monastic Community of St. John Maximovitch and the Holy Theotokos, Deming, New Mexico, U.S.A. (Thaddean Fathers: Holy Order of St. Jude Thaddeus, Benedictine, Orthodox Franciscan)

New Ostrog Monastery - British Columbia, Canada - Orthodox Church in America.

Orthodox Monasteries in North America

The Orthodox Monastery of St Tikhon of Zadonsk - South Canaan, PA. - Orthodox Church in America. St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Orthodox Monasticism - An informative page put together by the Orthdox Church of Serbia, Raska and Prizren Diocese.

Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou - Astoria, Queens, New York City - Under the Church of Constantinople (Ecumenical Patriarchate).

The Sacred Monastery of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Thebes Boeotia, Greece-Holy Metropolis of Thevai and Levadeia, Church of Greece.

St. Catherine's Monastery - Egypt. Built on the site of the burning bush at the base of Mount Sinai.

St. Gregory Palamas Monastery - Hayesville, OH - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

St. Gregory of Sinai Monastery - Richmond, CA - Bulgarian Diocese, Orthodox Church in America.

St. Ipaty Monastery - Kostroma.

St. Irene Chrysovalantou Greek Orthodox Monastery - Astoria, Queens, NY. Under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

St. Nicetas Monastery - Russian monastery in Pereslavl, Israel.

St. Theodore the Studite - Mansfield OH -  Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Theodore the Studite - Rules of Stoudios Monastery, Constantinople.

Ukrainian Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Prophet St. Elijah - Dover, FL. - Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA (Ecumenical Patriarchate).

Valamo Monastery - Finland.

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Some Internet Information:

Mt. Athos: the Holy Mountain - This site, which is written entirely in English, not only presents the monasteries and sketes of Mount Athos, but also offers detailed information to prospective visitors. Site developers promise expanded information in coming months. The site is a special feature of Macedonian Heritage, an online review of Macedonian affairs, history and culture.

An Introduction to Mount Athos - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Mt. Athos - The Agion Oros - Holy Mountain. This site  was produced by an interested individual in both English and Greek. (A link for Greek fonts is available on the opening page.) The description of Mt. Athos in the column at left is taken from the home page.

Mt. Athos: Monastic Life, History, Administration - This site, in English, is maintained by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in Greece.

Friends of Mount Athos - Information on pilgrimages, and other interesting stuff about the Holy Mountain. The site is maintained for the Friends of Mount Athos by Robert W. Allison, North American secretary, The Friends of Mount Athos, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 04240 .

The Mount Athos Greek Manuscripts Catalog - The Philotheou Monastery Project, a division of the Mount Athos Greek Manuscripts Catalog Project of the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece. The Philotheou Monastery Project is located at Bates College, Lewiston, ME, which maintains the web site.

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A Few Articles About Orthodox Monasticism

Inner Light Productions - Photos of monks and monasteries of Eastern Orthodox and Coptic churches.

Meteora - A Traveler's Guide.

Monastic Studies - Academic page on Christian monasticism. It favors the west, but also includes Eastern Orthodox links, some representing the common heritage of the undivided Church, and some sites dealing with Celtic monasticism.

Monasticism in the Orthodox Church - By the Rt. Rev. Maximos E. Aghiorgoussis, Th.D., Bishop of Pittsburgh, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Monasticism - Articles from the online pages of Christian History, Issue 64, a service of Christianity Today.

The Best There Ever Was - Modern Christian hermits still look to him for inspiration, as did the entire Middle Ages. What did the illiterate recluse, known as Antony of the Desert, do to earn such adulation?
The Life Changing Life of Antony - St. Athanasius' biography was not only a bestseller in its day,  but a book that made people stop and think—and act. 
Exorcising the Desert - The stories of desert fathers' skirmishes with demons pointed to a larger struggle—and victory.
Alone in the Desert? - Why thousands of early Christians took up the monastic way, and what their life was really like. 
Diet for a Large Soul - What monks meant by ‘fasting,’ and what they ate when they didn't. 
Ascetic Agitators - The early monks not only prayed in the desert but sometimes rioted in the cities.
Worldly Monk - Jerome was a disciplined ascetic who was on top of current affairs. 
Holy Land - Sabas just wanted to pray where Christ had lived and died but ended up establishing the most famous monastery in the Judean Desert.
The Gallery: Getting Their Act Together - Monasticism was more or less a solitary affair until these four came along and taught monks how to live in community.
Spiritual Pragmatists - For the desert fathers, theology was not the study of God but the study of how to become like God.
Discovering The Desert Paradox - A conversation with Belden Lane. What so many in the early church found after they abandoned their loved ones and sought God in a seemingly God-forsaken landscape. 

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