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The community was founded in 1989 under the [[omophorion]] of His Eminence [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dmitri]], [[Archbishop]] of Dallas and the South by Mother Thecla. The monastery has been located in Wagener, South Carolina, since June 1996 on a eighty-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.
[[Image:CandleShop SsMaryMarthaSC.JPG|left|thumb|200px|Candle making in the St, Joseph Candle Shoppe, with Sister Lyubov]]
To support the community the nuns makes candles make [[candle]]s 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.
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