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.

The community was founded in 1967 under the omophorion of His Eminence Archbishop Valerian, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate with Mother 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. The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members.

Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration
Jurisdiction ROEA, OCA
Type Female Monastery
Founded 1968
Superior Abbess Christophora (Matychak)
Approx. size 9 nuns
Location Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Liturgical language(s) English
Music used Romanian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated {{{feasts}}}
Official website Official website


Daily Life

Sunday: 8:30am - Akathist and Hours

9:15am - Divine Liturgy
5:00pm - Ninth Hour, Vespers, Compline

Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri: 6:30am - Matins, Hours, Typica

5:00pm - Ninth Hour, Vespers, Compline

Wed: 7:30am - Matins, Hours

9:00am - Divine Liturgy

Sat: 7:30am - Matins, Hours

9:00am - Divine Liturgy
6:00pm - Vigil


  • Mother Alexandra, abbess 1967-1978.
  • Mother Benedicta, abbess 1978-1987.
  • Mother Christophora, abbess 1987-present.

External links


Mother Christophora

Mother Alexandra

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