Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery (Otego, New York)

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Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery is a stavropegial monastic community for women in the Orthodox Church in America. It is located in Otego, New York.

The community was founded in 1977 under the auspices of His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada. The monastery began its existence within the OCA Chancery between 1977 and 1982, moving to rented facilities near St. Vladimir's Seminary while searching for a permanent place for monastery, which was found and purchased in 1983. In 1986, along with already existing buildings, a chapel was built.

The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. The community conducts numerous retreats and maintains a online store for those who need require books, icons and embroidered material from the "Myrrhbearers Arab Orthodox Society of Jerusalem", among other products.

Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery
Jurisdiction OCA
Type Female Monastery
Founded 1977
Superior Abbess Raphaela
Approx. size 6 nuns
Location Otego, New York
Liturgical language(s) unknown
Music used Russian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated {{{feasts}}}
Official website Official website

Daily Life

5am - Matins and First Hour.

Breakfast, chores, quiet time.

9am - Third Hour.

House meeting, work time.

Noon - Sixth Hour.

Lunch, work, personal time.

3pm - Ninth Hour.

Work time.

5pm - Vespers.


7pm - Compline.

Quiet time.


  • 1977 - Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery begins, marked with Liturgy in St Sergius of Radonezh Chapel, at the OCA Chancery, celebrated by Fr Thomas Hopko.
During time at Chancery, the Sisterhood was able to visit other monasteries, including the Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God in Bussy, France.
Also during this time, the Monastery developed a full cycle of monastic services, including the compilation of the Horologion, Octoechos, Triodion, Pentecostarion and Menaion.
  • 1982 - Monastery received blessing from Metrop. Theodosius to move into rented quarters near St. Vladimir's Seminary. In the same year, the Sisterhood looked for a more permanent place of residence.
During this time, the Sisterhood became incorporated, found sources of income and became independant. A mail order business was begun.
  • 1983 - The Sisterhood found and purchased a property; through a series of events (or miracles), the Monastery pays off the $55,000 property after having saved only $5,000.
  • 1986 - Ss. Peter & Paul Church, joined by St. Basil Church and Dormition Church offer to build a monastery chapel.
  • ~1987 - Chapel finished, then consecrated by Metrop. Theodosius. Mother Raphaela becomes first abbess.
  • ~1988 - St. Michael's donates funds to create memorial prayer garden.
  • 1991 - Property adjoining monastery purchased, including an old house.
  • 1995 - Old house begun renovation.
  • 1997 - Renovation complete; now a guesthouse.
  • 1998 - Monastery building project finished.
Future plans include portico entryway, joining chapel and monastery wings, deck, kiosk to hold bells, paying mortgage.
More distant plans include a permanent monastery sign, privacy fence for an outdoor cloistered area, fencing for garden.

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