Our Lady of Kazan Skete (Santa Rosa, California)

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Our Lady of Kazan Skete is a monastic community for women in the Diocese of the West in the Orthodox Church in America. It is located in Santa Rosa, California. The community was founded in 1983 under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Basil of San Francisco and the West at St Eugene's Hermitage, and is now under the omophorion of his successor, Bishop Tikhon, located it's own property in Santa Rosa, California.

The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members.


  • 1980: Work began on new chapel at St Eugene's Hermitage, incorporating cupola from belltower of Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco.
  • 1983: Mother Barbara (Johnson), formerly abbess of Holy Assumption Monastery, took up residence at St Eugene's Hermitage. She, along with those with her, were called the Community of the Holy Cross.
  • 1988: Work on chapel completed, consecrated in memory of St Sergius of Radonezh and in the same year as the Milennium of Russian Orthodoxy.
  • 1996: After 13 years at St Eugene's Hermitage, the Community of the Holy Cross moved to Santa Rosa, under the patronage of Our Lady of Kazan. The Monastery of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco moved into St Eugene's Hermitage.
  • 2005: The Skete was visited by Bishop Benjamin of Berkeley
Our Lady of Kazan Skete
Jurisdiction West, OCA
Type Female Skete
Founded 1983
Superior Abbess Barbara
Approx. size ~7 nuns
Location Santa Rosa, California
Liturgical language(s) unknown
Music used Russian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated {{{feasts}}}
Official website none

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