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Dear in Christ,

As you read through this website you might get the impression that St John’s Hermitage is a fully functioning monastery. Novi Kloštar Orthodox Hermitage-St John the Theologian is an eremitical idiorrhythmic hermitage under the rule (typikon) of St Benedict and liturgically Slavo-Byzantine rite observant. It has always been our intention to extend beyond the single Celija (monk’s cell) since its founding in 1999 and we have not given up! At present our major road block is our need for land & buildings with no money or credit for such a purchase and without any patrons or benefactors to come to our assistance.

You may ask “why has it taken us so long and still no growth?”. This was due to our spiritual dependency upon our former jurisdiction following its example; we were seclusive & when people did know about us they rightly were leery because were in-relations with the American Diocese of the now defunct  “Milan Synod”.  But on 14th December 2014 St John’s Hermitage was received into the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia personally by His Eminence Metropolitan +HILARION. And now, still without resources, we make a new start.

Between 2015 – 2016 we have been approached by approximately five (5) monastic aspirant laymen whom we had to turn away due to lack of facilities.  We do have six (6) lay Oblates currently who reside in their own locations –from Oregon to Serbia– in their own homes.

Unacceptable to us, is the turning away men or women desiring to live the angelic life. We need your sincere prayers for the assistance we need: funding for property. We need the benefactors in this regards. I am convinced in heart that an cenobitic/eremitic Orthodox monastery/hermitage combination with housing for a Spiritual Health Center must exist in Central region of New York State. I know there is interest out there. If we had the proper facilities God will bless us with the monks to fill it. We have the spiritual capacity, we just need the material capacity to make it happen.

U Kristovom miru, / In Christ’s Peace,
Father Symeon Najmanje

The Stavrophoremonk Father Symeon 


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