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[[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 [http://www.stmichaelorth.org 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 [http://www.stmichaelorth.org St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church] in Southbridge, Massachusetts and [http://www.emmanuelorthodox.org/about-fr-ken/ The Rev. Fr. Kenneth M. DeVoie] from [http://www.emmanuelorthodox.org 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==
==External LinkLinks==
*[http://www.stcolumbamonastery.org Official Site]
*[http://stcolumbamonastery.org/the-monastery/becoming-a-monk/ Becoming a Monk]
*[http://www.facebook.com/frpeterpreble#!/group.php?gid=109980255705637 Facebook Site]
*[http://www.frpeterpreble.com Hieromonk Peter's Blog]
*[http://www.stmichaelorth.org St. Michael Orthodox Chrsitian Church]
*[http://www.emmanuelorthodox.org Emmanuel Orthodox Catholic Church]
 
===In the News===
*[http://www.telegram.com/article/20100628/NEWS/6280331/1101 Home for prayer, contemplation and work]
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