Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery (Otego, New York)
The community was founded in 1977 under the auspices of His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada. The monastery began its existence within the OCA Chancery between 1977 and 1982, moving to rented facilities near St. Vladimir's Seminary while searching for a permanent place for monastery, which was found and purchased in 1983. In 1986, along with already existing buildings, a chapel was built.
The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. The community publishes a newsletter, "Essays and Notes" with essays on the Christian life written by members as well as by other authors and conducts numerous retreats. it also maintains a mail order catalog and online store for those who require books, icons and other selected items for Churches and homes, including embroidered items from the "Myrrhbearers Arab Orthodox Society of Jerusalem." The monastery also runs a farm with flocks of sheep and goats and produces prayer ropes from the wool. Guests may be given permission to work on the farm and with the animals when this is healing for them and helpful for the monastery.
|Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery|
|Approx. size||6 nuns|
|Location||Otego, New York|
|Music used||Russian Chant|
|Feastdays celebrated||Myrrhbearers Sunday, the second Sunday after Pascha|
|Official website||Official website|
5am - Matins and First Hour.
- Breakfast, chores, quiet time.
9am - Third Hour.
- House meeting, work time.
Noon - Sixth Hour.
- Lunch, work, personal time.
3pm - Ninth Hour.
- Work time.
5pm - Vespers.
7pm - Compline.
- Quiet time.
- 1977 - Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery begins, marked with Liturgy in St Sergius of Radonezh Chapel, at the OCA Chancery, celebrated by Fr Thomas Hopko.
- During time at Chancery, the Sisterhood was able to visit other monasteries, including the Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God in Bussy, France.
- Also during this time, the Monastery developed a full cycle of monastic services, including the compilation of the Horologion, Octoechos, Triodion, Pentecostarion and Menaion.
- 1982 - Monastery received blessing from Metrop. Theodosius to move into rented quarters near St. Vladimir's Seminary. In the same year, the Sisterhood looked for a more permanent place of residence.
- During this time, the Sisterhood became incorporated, found sources of income and became independant. A mail order business was begun.
- 1983 - The Sisterhood found and purchased a property; through a series of events (or miracles), the Monastery pays off the $55,000 property after having saved only $5,000.
- 1986 - Ss. Peter & Paul Church, joined by St. Basil Church and Dormition Church offer to build a monastery chapel.
- ~1987 - Chapel finished, then consecrated by Metrop. Theodosius. Mother Raphaela becomes first abbess.
- ~1988 - St. Michael's donates funds to create memorial prayer garden.
- 1991 - Property adjoining monastery purchased, including an old house.
- 1995 - Old house begun renovation.
- 1997 - Renovation complete; now a guesthouse.
- 1998 - Monastery building project finished.
- 2002 - In connection with the monastery's twenty-fifth anniversary, a portico entryway, visually joining the chapel with the monastery wing, a deck, and a kiosk to hold the six bells cast for the monastery in Russia were all completed.
- Future plans include paying off the mortgage on the new building, installing a permanent monastery sign, privacy fence for an outdoor cloistered area and fencing for the garden.