Monastery of the Transfiguration (Ellwood City, Pennsylvania)

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'''Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration''' is a [[monastic]] community for women in the Romanian Episcopate of the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. It is located in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.
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The community was founded in 1967 under the omophorion of His Eminence Archbishop [[Valerian (Trifa) of Detroit|Valerian]], Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate with Mother [[Alexandra (Issarescu)|Alexandra]], formerly Princess Ileana of Romania, as the first abbess.  Mother Alexandra put into formation her dream of a monastic community in English for Americans.  In 1987, then-Abbess Benedicta left the Transfiguration Monastery to begin the  [[Monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God (Rives Junction, Michigan)|Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery]] with two other nuns from this monastery.
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The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members.
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{{monastery|
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name=Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration|
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jurisdiction=[[Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (OCA)|ROEA]], [[Orthodox Church in America|OCA]]|
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type=Female Monastery|
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founded=1968|
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superior=Abbess [[Christophora (Matychak)]]|
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size=9-11 nuns|
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hq=Ellwood City, Pennsylvania|
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language=English|
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music=[[Romanian Chant]]|
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feasts=[[August 6|6 Aug]]|
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calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
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website=[http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-RO-ELCHXC OCA Listing]
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}}
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==Daily Life==
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Sunday: 8:30am - Akathist and Hours
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::9:15am - Divine Liturgy
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::5:00pm - Ninth Hour, Vespers, Compline
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Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri: 6:30am - Matins, Hours, Typica
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::::5:00pm - Ninth Hour, Vespers, Compline
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Wed: 7:30am - Matins, Hours
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:9:00am - Divine Liturgy
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Sat: 7:30am - Matins, Hours
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:9:00am - Divine Liturgy
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:6:00pm - Vigil
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==Structures==
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*St. Macrina's guest house, for lay pilgrims (with kitchen)
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*St. Bridget's guest house, for clergy and their families (with kitchen)
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==Abbesses==
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*Mother [[Alexandra (Issarescu)|Alexandra]], abbess 1967-1978.
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*Mother [[Benedicta (Braga)|Benedicta]], abbess 1978-1987.
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*Mother [[Christophora (Matychak)|Christophora]], abbess 1987-present.
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==Links==
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===Monastery===
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*[http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-RO-ELCHXC OCA Listing of the Monastery]
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*[http://www.stnina.org/journal/art/3.4.8 Letter from a Sister to Her Family Announcing Her Tonsure].
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*[http://www.stnina.org/journal/art/3.4.2 On Behalf of All and For All], an article by the Monastery.
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===Mother Christophora===
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*[http://ancientfaith.com/specials/mother_christophora Lenten Series Lectures by Mother Christofora] at the Orthodox Christian Women's conference in Montreal, March of 2008 ([[Ancient Faith Radio]]).
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*[http://www.stnina.org/test/journal/art/3.4.6 Interview with Mother Christofora]
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*[http://www.stnina.org/test/node/16 Picture of Mother Christofora]
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===Mother Alexandra===
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*[[wikipedia:Princess Ileana of Romania|Wikipedia article about Princess Ileana of Romania]] before she became Mother Alexandra.
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*[http://www.stnina.org/node/470 Picture of Mother Alexandra] as a young nun.
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*[http://www.stnina.org/node/6 Picture of Mother Alexandra], the first abbess.
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*''[http://www.stnina.org/journal/art/3.4.5 The Call]'', an article by Mother Alexandra, 1991.
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*[http://www.stnina.org/node/14 Picture of Mother Alexandra's grave]
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*[http://www.stnina.org/journal/art/3.4.3 Trust and Serenity], a tribute to Mother Alexandra by Demetra Velisarios Jaquet
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[[Category:American Monasteries]]
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[[Category:Monasteries]]
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[[Category:OCA Monasteries]]
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