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superior=Hieromonk Peter (Preble)|
size=8 monks, 5 novices1 monk|
hq=Southbridge, Massachusetts|
[[Image:Columba of Iona.jpg|right|frame|St. Columba of Iona]]
The '''St. Columba of Iona Orthodox Monastery ''' located in Southbridge, Massachusetts, is under the [[Omophorion ]] of [[Nicolae (Condrea) of Chicago]] of the [[Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada]]. The Monastery is under the leadership of [[Hieromonk ]] Peter (Preble). The Monastery is Pan-Orthodox and dual Ritual (both Eastern and Western rite) and also has been given a blessing from His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]] for the [[Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate]].
The [[stavropegial]] Monastery is co-located with the [ St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church ] and exists to make visible the Kingdom of God to the world; is dedicated to a life of prayer, worship, work and service of others; committed to support local Orthodox Parishes in their evangelistic and missionary outreach to the broader community; is set apart as a place of prayer, contemplation, spiritual direction, formation and renewal; a holy place firmly rooted in the sacramental life of the Church.
As a Pan-Orthodox monastery we seek to draw from all of the Orthodox Jurisdictions in North America and as a dual ritual monastery we seek to find a proper blend of the traditions of both Eastern and Western Orthodoxy.
In the spirit of the early Celtic Saint St. Ninian (c. 360 - c. 432) the monastery seeks to become a center of Christian life, prayer, and education by offering time away for prayer as well as the [[Orthodox Center for Church Growth and Evenagelism Evangelism]] that will be part of the monastic foundation. ==History==In 2009, two Orthodox Priests, V. Rev. Fr. Peter-Michael Preble from [ St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church] in Southbridge, Massachusetts and [ The Rev. Fr. Kenneth M. DeVoie] from [ Emmanuel Orthodox Catholic Church] (a parish of the [[Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate]]) in Warren, Massachusetts met to share a common vision to establish a Pan-Orthodox Monastic community in the heart of Central Massachusetts (New England). The vision took flight. Fr. Peter petitioned and received permission from Archbishop Nicolae to proceed; he was soon tonsured as a monk at [[St. Dumitru Retreat and Monastic Center (Middletown, New York)]] by Archbishop Nicolae . Simultaneously, Fr. Ken petitioned Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Archdiocese, who also granted him permission to proceed.  The monastery, along with the [[Orthodox Center for Church Growth & Evangelism]] is still in the early stages of formation. All those interested in partnering to establish the monastery and center, should contact the Monastery directly.
==Patron Saint==
===Life of St. Columba===
He was born to Fedhlimidh and Eithne of the Ui Neill clan in Gartan, near Lough Gartan, Donegal. On his father's side he was great-great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages, an Irish king of the fourth century. He became a [[monasticism|monk]] and soon rose in the church hierarchy to the rank of [[priest]]. Tradition asserts that, sometime around 560, he became involved in a copyright wrangle with St. [[Finnian of Moville]] over a [[psalter]]. The dispute eventually led to the pitched Battle of Cul Dremhe in 561, during which many men were killed. (Columba's copy of the psalter has been traditionally associated with the [[Cathach of St. Columba]].) As [[penance ]] for these deaths, Columba was ordered to make the same number of new [[convert]]s as had been killed. He was also ordered to leave Ireland and move such that he could not see his native country.
[[Image:Columba_Bay.jpg|left|thumb|300px|St. Columba's Bay, where the saint first landed on [[Iona]]]]
==External LinkLinks==
*[ Official Site]
*[ Becoming a Monk]
*[!/group.php?gid=109980255705637 Facebook Site]
*[ Hieromonk Peter's Blog]
*[ St. Michael Orthodox Chrsitian Church]
*[ Emmanuel Orthodox Catholic Church]
===In the News===
*[ Home for prayer, contemplation and work]
[[Category:American Monasteries]]

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