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Holy Cross Monastery (Castro Valley, California)

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[[Image:HCM_OCA_site.jpg|right|thumb|Holy Cross Monastery from the east.]]'''Holy Cross Orthodox Monastery''' is a [[monasticism|monastic]] institution of the [[OCA|Orthodox Church in America]], located in Castro Valley, California.
The [[clergy]] of the [[monastery]] previously served under the [[omophorion]] of Archbishop [[Kyrill (Yonchev) of Pittsburgh|Kyrill]], who shepherded the OCA's [http://www.oca.org/CAdioceseBU.asp?SID=8 Diocese of Toledo,] Ohio. Since the repose of Archbishop Kyrill during the summer of 2007, they now serve under the omophorion of Metropolitan [[Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington|Jonah]], who serves as [[locum tenens]] of their [[diocese]] until a new [[hierarch]] is elected and installed. On July 5, 2009 Metropolitan Jonah celebrated a primatial Divine Liturgy at the monastery, at which time he ordained its Archdeacon Stephen to the holy priesthood and its Subdeacon Peter to the holy diaconate.
== About the monastery ==
Holy Cross Monastery serves [[Orthodoxy|Orthodox Christians]] of all ethnic backgrounds and all cultural traditions. Services are predominantly celebrated in English, but are often also heard in [[Romanian]], [[Slavonic]] (also known as Old Bulgarian), and [[Greek]]. Many Orthodox Christians with roots in [[Church of Romania|Romania]] and [[Bulgarian Orthodox Church|Bulgaria]] regularly attend services at the [[Monasticism|monastery]]. Orthodox faithful of all backgrounds come here for [[Marriage|weddings]], [[baptism]]s, and other [[sacrament]]al blessings. Elegant dining space and a covered portico are available for receptions. Spiritual day retreats have been held here by OCA churches, neighboring [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America|Greek Orthodox]] [[parish]]es, and by many other Orthodox groups.
Holy Cross Monastery thrives by the grace of God and through the hard work and professional employment of its [[monk]]s. Although friends and supporters have given and continue to give donations to help further the fathers' holy work, the monastery is self-supporting. The monks have never sent out appeals for donations and have never even passed a collection plate in their monastery [[chapel]]. Whatever friends, supporters, and visitors have ever given of their own free will has been gratefully and humbly accepted and used for the greater glory of God by the monks.
It took the monks nine additional years to save enough money to buy property suitable for a monastery, and then, in 1979, with the blessing of their diocesan [[bishop]], they purchased a rural estate that would eventually be consecrated as Holy Cross Monastery. The monks themselves have performed most of the labor that has transfigured this rustic property into a frontier of Paradise. They have also stacked every stone in their retaining walls and planted the trees in the cloister precincts. The majestic redwood trees that tower behind their cross shrine were planted by the fathers themselves from one-gallon cans in 1980, during the first summer following their acquisition of the monastery property.
 
In 2002, the fathers acquired an adjacent parcel of land and effectively doubled the size of the monastery.
== Visiting ==
Please respect the sacred solitude and quietude of the cloister and contact the Fathers before visiting at times other than Sunday mornings.
The monastery is located close to the San Francisco Bay Area and ; so it does not currently encourage overnight visitors, except for those pursuing a vocation in the monastic life.
==External links==
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