the Orthodox Congregation of
St Benedict – Romualdians
There is always the ‘possibility’ for the Congregation (i.e., both a brotherhood & sisterhood) to develop locations of holiness for men and another for women by the example of St Romuald the Hesychast. There are no shortage of aspirants to the monastic life. Since 2015 we turned away at least five inquirers due to our lack of property & appropriate facilities. In our immediate reality, we are growing in terms of our lay associates known as Oblates.
Our Vision. To establish a monastic & retreat center someplace in rural Onondaga or Cayuga Counties (in N.Y.S.). A typical Romualdian community would have a house of monks and in some proximity to the main campus a hermitage for the hermits; both united in the same monastic Congregation. With a sufficient gift of property we could hope to accommodate a women’s skete and a spiritual health center! But at the moment these remain in our prayers.
Candidates to this way of monastic life must be discerned, vetted and approved by a thorough monastic and ecclesiastical process that will assure the Church, the Congregation, and the Candidate a relationship of stability, sobriety and sanctity for a lifetime. This does not rule out the usual acceptance of a novice or monastic transfer to an already existing Hermitage.