Below you will also find a copy of the Monastic Typikon of our monastery. This document governs the internal life of our monastery.
We came together early in 1995 and were initially received by His Grace, Bishop George (Kuzma), Eparch of the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Van Nuys, CA. In 2005, at our request and with the approval of the Holy See, we were received under the holy omoforion (jurisdiction) of His Grace, Bishop John Michael (Botean), Eparch of the Romanian Catholic Eparchy of St. George in Canton, OH. Bishop John Michael’s diocese covers the entire territorial United States, and was recently extended to include some Romanian Catholic communities in Canada.
The monastery is a self-governing monastery sui juris under Catholic Canon Law. We are currently four stavrophore (fully professed) monks, together with two rassophores (novices) and one postulant.In 2011 we moved from California to a monastery in the village of Saint Nazianz, Wisconsin (the town is named after one of the greatest Eastern saints, St. Gregory the Theologian, known in the West as St. Gregory Nazianzen). In this place we strive to live our monastic life of prayer, work and hospitality while contributing to the spiritual lives of our friends and neighbors (whether Eastern or Western Christians), especially through our dedication to practical ecumenism.
We formerly lived (from 1995 until 2009) in our own monastery in the Mojave Desert in a place called Newberry Springs. We sold this property in 2008 to our friends, the Coptic Orthodox monks of St. Antony's Coptic Orthodox Monastery. From 2009 until we acquired the house in St. Nazianz, our community lived with the Benedictine monks of St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, CA..