Founded in 1977, we are a monastic community for women of the Orthodox Church in America.
We have been situated since 1983 in Otsego County in the scenic
upper-Catskill region of New York State. We have been members of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and are honored to be part of Central New York's "Leatherstocking Country."
From our monastery's Typicon: Inspired by the desert
mothers and fathers, we model our lives as fully as possible on their
life and witness, their martyria.
We are called to be Orthodox Christian monastics in our own
time and place as surely as they were. Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today and forever.
We are aware that the world around us is very different from
the one they knew. We have
the responsibility to balance our obligations to this world of noise
and technology with our calling to choose to grow into the greater
silence and simplicity of their lives.
As they were, we also are obedient to the doctrinal and sacramental
structure of the Church.
Drawn from all Orthodox jurisdictions, we are a stavropighial
monastery under the Metropolitan and the Holy Synod of the Orthodox
Church in America, witnessing to the unity we share in Christ.
Within the monastery's framework of daily liturgical and personal prayer, we work as farmers, artists and craftsmen. We offer the result of our own labors, here and in our regular catalog that goes out through the regular mail once a year. If you would like to receive our regular mail catalog (as well as our newsletters) and are not already on our mailing list, send us your address by clicking here
We also offer a few selected items that are not products of our monastery or farm, such as embroideries from Palestine and recordings of liturgical music. Some are offered only through our Online Catalog.