St. Gregory Palamas Monastery (Hayesville, Ohio)
|Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery|
|Superior||Met. Maximos of Pittsburgh|
|Music used||Byzantine Chant|
|Official website||Official website|
The Monastery of Saint Gregory Palamas was established in 1982 by Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh on a farm purchased from another religious group. The monastery is located in north central Ohio, in a rural, wooded agricultural area, about 15 miles east of Mansfield.
In 1993 a large two-story monastery building was erected, with additional guest facilities, as a part of a general outreach to both Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christians in the area. With room for seven overnight male guests, the monastery is often host to large groups of visitors, including women and children, and students from neighboring high schools and colleges.
Services are conducted primarily in English.
There is also a closely associated community for women located about two miles away, Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple Skete, which is not a dependency but an independent hesychastarion. There is also another community nearby founded by monastics originally from St. Gregory's, St. Theodore House (Galion, Ohio).
This monastery is renowned for its production of liturgical texts into contemporary English that fit a Byzantine meter. The main translator and arranger is Hieromonk Seraphim (Dedes), a Greek-American monk whose monastic formation includes 16 years at St. Paul's Monastery on Mount Athos.