Ss. Mary and Martha Monastery (Wagener, South Carolina)
|Saints Mary and Martha Orthodox Monastery|
|Approx. size||3 nuns|
|Location||Wagener, South Carolina|
|Music used||Russian Chant|
|Official website||Official website|
The community was founded in 1989 under the omophorion of His Eminence Dmitri, Archbishop of Dallas and the South. The monastery has been located in Wagener, South Carolina, since June 1996 on a sixty-acre site about 30 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina.
The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. The community conducts numerous retreats and maintains a hermitage for those who need a few days of solitude, silence, and prayer.
To support the community Mother Helena makes candles at the St. Joseph Candle Shoppe. They also rely on the generosity of donations from those who visit the monastery.
Currently the community is developing plans to build a monastery building, with brick exterior to fit in with the traditional brick buildings of the area. The new building will replace the doublewide, prefabricated home that they now use. This structure will then become the monastery guesthouse.