Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael (Cañones, New Mexico)

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St. Michael's Skete, Cañones, New Mexico is an Orthodox Christian monastery for men under the omophorion of His Eminence Dmitri of Dallas and the South of the Orthodox Church in America.


St. Michael's Skete, founded in 1993, is set on approximately 15 acres located amidst the high desert foothills of the Jemez Mountains in northwestern New Mexico. The Skete is blessed with a year-round natural spring that originates on the property, as well as a large stream that crosses the monastery grounds. The Skete is at some distance from major population centres, which is beneficial to a monastic community.

The life of St. Michael's Skete is centered around the daily cycle of services that are conducted in St. Michael the Archangel Monastic Church, consecrated on August 30, 2003. The main work of this monastic community is one of prayer and repentance; however, the brotherhood makes a living by providing hand-dipped pure beeswax candles to a number of churches. The Skete also has a guesthouse, the Holy Archangels House of Ascent, and is available for visitors who call in advance.

Contact Information

Please note that the daily cycle of services and our other duties require frequent absences from the office. We are pleased to hear from you, but ask your patience if we are not readily available. All correspondence should be directed to Fr. Andrew; unless it concerns the guesthouse, in which case it should be directed to Hmk John. Both can be found at: Post Office Box 38, Cañones, NM, 87516.