Saturday, August 18, 2012

ROCOR releases new Entrance of the Theotokos Monastery

(ROCOR-EAD) - On Monday, August 13, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, released a statement regarding the Entrance of the Theotokos Monastery in Maryland.

Dear in the Lord Reverend Fathers,
Beloved brothers and sisters,

As of July 17/30, according to Directive № 07.113.12, the Monastery of the Entrance of the Theotokos, a women’s community located in Union Bridge, Maryland, is no longer a monastic institution of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Certain spiritual practices and references to spiritual authority contained within the charter of the monastery are at variance with the norms and traditions of ROCOR. We have released the convent to seek canonical reception into the ecclesiastical jurisdiction whence they originally came, a diocese of the Church of Greece.

First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York


  1. What ever happened to their mother monastery in Greece? It was started by a convert from Germany that I know. Does it still exist?

    1. Yes, it still exist. I visited it last year.

  2. This is ridiculous. These women are such godly, wonderful people. I can't even fathom why this is happening to them. Lord have mercy on those persecuting this amazing community of monastics.

    1. I think the problem was that they didn't follow sometimes some instructions of the bishop because the was against the will of their Elder, but I'm not sure. And that would be against the holy canons.