New Skete (Cambridge, New York)

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The Communities of New Skete are three monastic foundations with a shared vision and similar rule of life in Cambridge, New York: The Monks of New Skete, the Nuns of New Skete, and the Companions of New Skete (a community of retired couples). They are directly under the authority of the primate of the Orthodox Church in America or stavropighial.

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New Skete's history begins in 1966 with a group of Byzantine Rite Catholic Franciscan monks who, left the Fransiscan Order to set up a more authentically Byzantine house. In 1969 a group of Catholic "Poor Clares" (Fransiscan nuns) joined them, becoming a sister monastic house. In 1979, after a period of prayer and study, the monks and nuns of New Skete were received into the Orthodox Church in America. In 1983 a group of married couples and widows joined the New Skete communities, forming what has become known as the Companions of New Skete.

The monks, the nuns, and the companions, each have separate houses, but gather together regularly for prayer in the Monastery Church.

The New Skete Communities accept retreatants and recently an OCA parish has formed which worships at the monastery. In addition, the monks receive income from the breeding of German Shepherd dogs and the training of dogs of all breeds. The nuns receive income from baking cheesecakes. There is also an iconographer among the nuns.

Schedule of Services



  • Mondays, the monastery not open to the public.

Tuesday through Friday

  • 7:15 AM - Matins (monks and nuns separately)
  • 5:00 PM - Vespers (at the monks)


  • 8:00 AM - Matins
  • 5:00 PM - Vespers

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