Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael (Cañones, New Mexico)

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St. Michael's Skete, Cañones, New Mexico is an Orthodox Christian monastery for men under the omophorion of His Eminence Dmitri of Dallas and the South of the Orthodox Church in America. Our main work is one of prayer and repentance and we hope this site reflects that mission. 

St. Michael's Skete, founded in 1993, is set on approximately 15 acres located amidst the high desert foothills of the Jemez Mountains in northwestern New Mexico.  The Skete is blessed with a year-round natural spring that originates on the property, as well as a large stream that crosses the monastery grounds.  As a not-for-profit community, the brotherhood makes a living by providing hand-dipped pure beeswax candles to a number of churches. The location of St. Michael's Skete is particularly suited for this work; visitors will discover a remote community some distance from major population centers. 

Another blessing from God -- our guesthouse, the Holy Archangels House of Ascent, is available for visitors who call in advance. The life of St. Michael's Skete is centered around the daily cycle of services conducted in our new place of worship.  St. Michael the Archangel Monastic Church was consecrated to the glory of God by his Eminence Archbishop Dmitri on August 30th, 2003. 

Contact Information:

Please note that the daily cycle of services and our other duties require frequent absences from the office.  We are pleased to hear from you, but ask your patience if we are not readily available.  Please address all correspondence to Fr. Andrew.  Please address correspondence related to our guesthouse, Holy Archangels House of Ascent, to Hieromonk John.

Telephone: 505-638-5690

Address Post Office Box 38 Cañones, NM 87516

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