All-Merciful Saviour Monastery (Vashon Island, Washington)
|Monastery of the All-Merciful Saviour|
|Jurisdiction||ROCOR Western America|
|Approx. size||3 members|
|Location||Vashon Island, California|
|Music used||Russian Chant; Valaam-style Znamenny Chant|
|Feastdays celebrated||14 August/1 August|
|Official website||Official website|
All-Merciful Savior Monastery is a monastic community of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia and is the only male monastery in Washington state. It was established in 1986 by Archimandrite Dmitri in California, and in 1988, under the leadership of Hieromonk Tryphon, moved to Vashon Island, Washington. The Monastery is under the omophore of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco.
In 1997, islanders Georgia and John Ratzenberger ("Cliff" from the US television series "Cheers") donated land to the monastery. In 1999, to protect the solitude of the monastery, the benefactors enabled the brotherhood to purchase an adjacent piece of land and save it from development. Along with the 40 acre watershed, the monastery is quietly secluded in the forests of Maury Island.
In 1997 (?), after the Brotherhood began selling coffee, CEO Howard Shultz of Starbucks Corporation sued for copyright violation of their coffee Christmas Blend as the Brothers distributed a product with the same name. The Brotherhood won the court case, and also gained so much fame from the case to raise funds to begin building their katholicon, the Chapel of the Protection of the Holy Theotokos. This story is featured in the film "This Land."