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name=Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery|
jurisdiction=[[Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (OCA)|ROEA]], [[Orthodox Church in America|OCA]]|
type=Female Monastery|
superior=Abbess [[Gabriella (Ursache)|Gabriella]]|
size=9 nuns, 1 priestmonk|
hq=Rives Junction, Michigan|
language=Romanian, English|
music=[[Romanian Chant]]|
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
feasts=[[August 15|15 Aug]]|
website=[http://www.dormitionmonastery.com/ Official website]
'''Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery''' is a [[monastic]] community for women in the Romanian Episcopate of the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. It is located in Rives Junction, Michigan.
The community was founded in 1987 under the [[omophorion]] of His Grace [[Bishop]] [[Nathaniel (Popp) of Detroit|Nathaniel]] of Detroit and the [[Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (OCA)|Romanian Episcopate]] (now [[archbishop]]), when Mother Benedicta (Braga), along with two other [[nun]]s, left the [[Monastery of the Transfiguration (Ellwood City, Pennsylvania)|Monastery of the Transfiguration]] to begin a new [[monastery]].
==Daily Life==
*Weekdays: 5:00am - [[Matins]], [[First Hour]], Third Hour, Sixth Hour, [[Typika]].
:::5:00pm - Ninth Hour, [[Vespers]], Small [[Compline]].
:*''nb. Wednesday:'' 7:00am - [[Divine Liturgy]].
*Saturday: 5:00am - Matins, First Hour, Third Hour, Sixth Hour, Typica.
:::6:00pm - Vespers with Litiya, Matins, First Hour. (also happens on eves of [[Great Feasts|great feasts]])
*Sunday: 9:00am - [[Akathist]] Hymn, Third Hour, Sixth Hour.
:::10:00am - Divine Liturgy
:::5:00pm - Ninth Hour, Vespers, Small Compline.
*Mother [[Alexandra (Issarescu)]], [[abbess]] at Holy Transfiguration 1967-1978.
*Mother [[Benedicta (Braga)|Benedicta]], abbess at Holy Transfiguration 1978-1987; superior at Dormition of the Mother of God 1987-1989; abbess at Dormition of the Mother of God 1989-1992.
*Mother [[Gabriella (Ursache)|Gabriella]], abbess 1992-present.
==Sources of Income==
The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered [[prayer life]] for the monastic members.  To support the [[monastery]], the sisterhood has sewing as its main source of income; additionally, making [[prayer rope]]s, decorating eggs, painting and mounting [[icon]]s, publishing a journal and books, hosting retreats and speaking at functions are all a part of the monastery's income.  Other activities include hospitality to visitors, taking care of the monastery's cemetery and maintaining a large vegetable garden, as well as everything required to sustain the life of the community.
===The Burning Bush===
The monastery began to publish a bilingual journal (Romanian and English) as a teaching tool, both educational and informational, and a link between the monastery and the faithful, with the goal that each issue would be related to topics of general interest.  This monastic journal, entitled ''The Burning Bush'', is distributed to over 2700 people, throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. 
===HDM Press Publishing Co.===
In addition to this, and in keeping with Romanian traditions of monastery-based education, the monastery founded HDM Press Publishing Co.  Four books have been published so far, with more scheduled to follow.
*''Synaxarion Of The Lenten Triodion and Pentecostarion'', ed. by Fr. David Kidd and Mother Gabriella Ursache (paperback and hardback)
*''On the Way of Faith'' by Fr. Roman Braga
*''Exploring the Inner Universe'' by Fr. Roman Braga
*1978 - Mothers Benedicta and Gabriella leave Varatec Monastery (Romania) to go to the Monastery of the Transfiguration.  Mother Benedicta becomes abbess.
*1979 - Mother Apolinaria leaves Varatec Monastery for the Monastery of the Transfiguration.
*1987 - Mothers Benedicta, Gabriella, and Apolinaria leave the Monastery of the Transfiguration for Terre Haute, Indiana, to start the Monastery of the Dormition.  Attempted to resurrect a defunct Romanian Orthodox church, failed.
*1988 - Sisterhood moves to Rives Junction, Michigan (present location).  Original property had a farm house, pole barn, and garage.
:Jul 20 - Pole barn became the church.  First Liturgy served.
*1989 Spring - Fr. [[Roman (Braga)]] joins monastery as spiritual father; Mother Benedicta becomes abbess.  Guesthouse built in this period.
*1993 - Open air pavilion constructed.  Serves as chapel for large gatherings in summer (including [[feast day]] of monastery ([[August 15]]) , which attracts ~600 people).
*1992 - By this time, one Romanian nun, three Romanian [[novice]]s and three American women join the monastery.
:Mother Benedicta retires as abbess.
:Aug 15 - Mother Gabriella installed as new abbess.  Mother Benedicta takes vows of [[Great Schema]].
*1994 - HDM Press Publishing Co. founded.
*1995 - Due to growth, expansion of monastery buildings begins.
*1999 Spring - Completion of the expansion of St Nicholas house
*2001 Nov - New guest house completed.
*2005 Spring - Nuns' quarters completed; includes living quarters for nuns, library, office space, work rooms, and will provide space for gift shop, receiving room and formal entrance to the monastery.
::Further building plans include new church in Byzantine style.
:Aug 7 - Repose of Great Schema Nun Benedicta after long illness.
==External links==
*[http://www.dormitionmonastery.com Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery] (official site)
*[http://www.dormitionmonastery.com/hdm_press.htm HDM Press]
*[http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-RO-RVJMOD OCA Listing of the monastery]
*[http://www.roea.org/ParishDir/Mon/monasteries-dorm.htm ROEA Listing of the monastery]
*[http://www.roea.org/NewsReleases/NR2005/NRel08-08-05FALMBenedicta.htm Great Schema Nun Benedicta (Braga) Fallen Asleep in the Lord]
*[http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/frroman2.aspx "On Prayer of the Heart": Excerpts from ''Exploring the Inner Universe''] by Fr. Roman Braga
[[Category:American Monasteries]]
[[Category:OCA Monasteries]]
[[Category:Romanian Monasteries]]

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