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{{monastery|
name=Saint Michael's SketeMonastery|
jurisdiction=[[Orthodox Church in America|OCA]]|
type=Male Monastery|
founded=1993|
superior=Fr. JohnMonk Silouan|size=6 ~2 members|
hq=Cañones, New Mexico|
language=English|
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
feasts=?|
website=[http://wwwmohamnm.stmichaelssketeorthodoxws.org com/ Official website]
}}
'''St. Michael's SketeMonastery''' in Cañones, New Mexico, is an Orthodox Christian monastery for [[monk|men]], under the [[omophorion]] of His Eminence Beatitude [[Dmitri Jonah (RoysterPaffhausen) of DallasWashington|Dmitri Jonah of Washington]], locum tenens of Dallas and the South]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]].
==Description==
St. Michael's SketeMonastery, founded in 1993, is set on approximately 15 acres located amidst the high desert foothills of the Jemez Mountains in northwestern New Mexico; in October 2009, the community, previously a skete, was designated a monastery. The skete monastery is blessed with a year-round natural spring that originates on the property, as well as a large stream that crosses the [[monastery]] grounds. It is also at some distance from major population centers, which is beneficial to a [[monasticism|monastic]] community.
==Community life==
The life of St. Michael's Skete Monastery is centered around the [[daily cycle]] of services that are conducted in St. Michael the Archangel Monastic [[Church]], [[Consecration of a church|consecrated]] on [[August 30]], 2003. The main work of this monastic community is one of prayer and repentance; however, the brotherhood makes a living by providing hand-dipped pure beeswax candles to a number of churches. The skete monastery also has a guesthouse, the ''Holy Archangels House of Ascent'', and is available for visitors who call in advance.
==Facilities==
The monastery facilities presently are limited. St. Michael the Archangel Monastic [[Church]] is the center of the daily services. A small farm house is the main monastic building that houses cooking and eating facilities as well as the monastery office and provides a work place for making candles. A "monk's row" of three cells is also in use in an area restricted to [[laity|lay people]]. The construction of more cells is planned, as well as construction of a monastery [[refectory|trapeza]]. In 2008, development is planned of a cemetery that will offer burial to both members of the brotherhood and laymen; further, in 2009, the monastery embarked on an expansion of its facilities with a new dormitory for future monks and long-term guests.
==Contact information==
The daily cycle of services and other duties require frequent absences from the office. The brotherhood is pleased to hear from inquirers, but asks patience if not readily available. All correspondence should be directed to the sketemonastery. :The Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael:HCR 16 - Box 38, unless it concerns the guesthouseCounty Rd. 198, House 370:Canones, in which case it should be directed to Hieromonk JohnNew Mexico 87516 :frsilouan@juno.com:575-638-5690 (Phone)
==External link==
*[http://mohamnm.orthodoxws.com/ Official website]*[http://www.stmichaelssketeoca.org Official /news/1961 News report from OCA website]about St. Michael's Skete being named a monastery
[[Category:Monasteries|Michael]]
[[Category:OCA Monasteries|Michael]]
[[Category:American Monasteries|Michael]]
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