Events & Photos

Upcoming public events at the monastery will be posted here as well as photos from various monastery events.



Archimandrite Pitirim, Memory Eternal!

posted Jul 13, 2019, 8:32 AM by Mother Seraphima


Father Pitirim (Peter) Stehnach, age 90, fell asleep in the Lord on the evening of July 10. Having served the Orthodox Church in America faithfully for over 50 years as a parish priest at St. Gregory, Wappingers Falls, NY; St. Andrew, Lyndora, PA; Holy Transfiguration, Steubenville, OH; Holy Resurrection, Forest Hills, PA; St. John the Baptist, Black Lick, PA, from where he retired on his 85th birthday. Father also served as a personal aide and driver for the late Archbishop Kyrill of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for over 20 years.

Born in Conemaugh, PA to the late Michael and Mary (Glova) Stehnach, Father was the sixth of nine children. He served seven years in the US Navy and Marines, after which he attended St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in New York City. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1963 and later took monastic vows. He was raised to the rank of Archimandrite on his 25th anniversary of 
priesthood.

Father retired to Ellwood City, PA attending divine services at Transfiguration Monastery and St. Elias Parish as long as his health permitted. 

He is survived by brothers Paul and Steven Stehnach and several nieces and nephews, as well as numerous spiritual children. He was greatly appreciated for his practical and loving spiritual guidance.

The funeral for a monastic will be be conducted at Transfiguration Monastery Sunday evening, July 14, at 6:00 pm, preceded by viewing beginning at 4:00. Divine Liturgy and burial will be held at the monastery Monday, July 15, beginning at 10:00. 

Blessing of Ellwood City area fire trucks

posted May 29, 2019, 9:36 AM by Mother Seraphima

On Tuesday, May 21, local area Fire Departments came to the monastery to familiarize the firefighters with our property and to hold and training session. At the conclusion of the training, prayers were read for the firefighters and each local company was blessed along with their firetrucks. An article in our local paper can be found here:
https://www.ellwoodcityledger.com/news/20190522/monastery-holds-ceremony-to-bless-ellwood-city-area-fire-trucks

Our photos can be found here:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/xTikRnrtuEiXMSKC9

https://photos.app.goo.gl/xTikRnrtuEiXMSKC9

Holy Week and Pascha 2019

posted Apr 30, 2019, 12:16 PM by Mother Seraphima

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Q8Ad1ckaZ3pWB5ybA
Click on the Photo above to view photos from Holy Week and Pascha 2019.

Feast of the Three Hierarchs

posted Feb 7, 2019, 7:49 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 7:50 AM ]

https://photos.app.goo.gl/pcixE3S5KD55dVbP7


From the OCA website:

The sisterhood of the Monastery of the Transfiguration hosted area clergy on Clergy Appreciation Day, which coincided with the celebration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs on January 30, 2019.

“Due to the severe cold, weather and health issues, a number of clergy had to cancel their participation,” said Mother Christophora, Abbess.  “But those who attended experienced a gathering of prayer and fellowship for our beloved clergy and the opportunity for them to serve together and discuss common areas of interest, as well as the needs and challenges for churches in our area.”

The day opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, at which Archpriest Andrew D. Nelko, Campbell, OH, who was celebrating the 31st anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, presided.  Concelebrating were Archpriests Gregory Kevin Long, New Castle, PA and Paisius McGrath, Lyndora, PA, and Priests John Schmidt, Ellwood City, PA; Seraphim Moslener, Beaver Falls, PA, who delivered the homily; and Andrew P. Nelko, Weirton, WV.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy, a Memorial Service was celebrated for Matushka Juliana Schmemann on the second anniversary of her repose.  She was remembered, along with her husband, Protopresbyter Alexander, on the anniversary of their wedding.

A luncheon prepared by the sisterhood was enjoyed after the Liturgy.  The clergy also received gifts from the sisters in appreciation for their ministries and assistance to the monastery.

“Following the luncheon, a profitable and interesting discussion took place among the clergy and the sisters as we looked at ways to better serve our area population—ways to minister both to those who attend our churches and to those who are yet unfamiliar with Orthodoxy,” said Mother Christophora.  “We also discussed involving youth in parish service and shared ways to widen the social and spiritual horizons of our local parish communities.  We observe and experience a general sense of defeat in our geographical area, and we discussed how this effects our parishes as well.”

The clergy deeply appreciated the gathering and the hospitality of the sisterhood and look forward to their next opportunity to be together at the monastery.

Nativity 2018 - Theophany 2019

posted Jan 29, 2019, 12:48 PM by Mother Seraphima

Click on the photo below to see photos from the Nativity, New Year's, and Theophany feasts at the monastery.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/DHdV7RJuEfYfLLQJA


Pan-Orthodox Choir of Pittsburgh - Concert - November 4

posted Oct 27, 2018, 1:02 PM by Mother Seraphima

The Pan-Orthodox Choir of Pittsburgh will be performing a concert on November 4  at 4:00 pm at the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church (615 Grant Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219) in downtown Pittsburgh. This beautiful church is one of the oldest in Pittsburgh (founded in 1837) and is magnificently appointed. This majestic space will make for a beautiful concert. 

A few of the sisters are members of this Pan-Orthodox Choir of Pittsburgh and we invite our monastery friends in the Pittsburgh are to attend and enjoy the beautiful hymns of the various ethnic traditions within Orthodoxy. 

Our director, Archpriest Thomas Soroka had the great pleasure of being on WQED-FM with legendary host Jim Cunningham in an interview about the upcoming concert. You can listen to the interview here https://www.wqed.org/fm/podcasts/voice-arts/father-thomas-soroka

A link to a poster for the concert is below for you to print and share.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19JlXKRfVNxQdxmF2lGQ2zOXiUwt4vsHy/view?usp=sharing

Monastery Celebration - 50th Anniversary of the Altar Consecration - September 28, 2018

posted Oct 12, 2018, 7:25 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 7:28 AM ]

A celebration marking the 50th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA, was held on Friday, September 28, 2018.  The event brought to a close the year-long celebration of the monastery’s anniversary.  

His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, concelebrated the anniversary Divine Liturgy in the monastery chapel.  Many area clergy and faithful attended the Divine Liturgy, during which prayers were offered for the repose of the late founding Abbess, Mother Alexandra, the former Princess of Romania, and the faithful departed who helped her fulfill her dream to establish an English-language women’s community.  A Service of Thanksgiving also was celebrated, after which a festive luncheon was served.

After the celebration of Vespers on Friday evening, a live performance of “Ileana, Princess of Romania” was presented.  Based on Mother Alexandra’s book, I Live Again, the one-woman play was presented by the acclaimed Romanian actress and playwright Liana Ceterchi.  Throughout the month of September, the play—produced by the Women’s Theatre Association, Bucharest, Romania, with support in the US and Canada of the Romanian Cultural Association and the monastery—was well received by audiences in Cleveland, OH; Philadelphia; Belmont, MA; Montreal; Toronto; Southfield, MI; Chicago; and Colleyville, TX.

Click on the photo below to see more.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/tj4ArvVL1qaF7tdC6

Photo credit: Victor Lutes

Article found on oca.org:

Live Performances - "Ileana - Princess of Romania"

posted Sep 11, 2018, 6:59 PM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Sep 27, 2018, 9:42 AM ]

Around the US - upcoming performances of "Ileana - Princess of Romania" (a play based on the book I Live Again). by Romanian actress Liana Ceterchi. One of the live performances will be held in conjunction with our final 50th Anniversary event. See previous post.

Dear Monastery Friends,

We would like to invite you to our final 50th Anniversary event to be held at our Monastery on Friday, September 28. This day marks the actual anniversary of the consecration of the Monastery in 1968. 

Our Beloved Archbishop Nathaniel and visiting hierarchs will be with us to celebrate Holy Liturgy at 9:30. A festive luncheon will follow at noon. Kindly RSVP for the luncheon. 

That evening, at 6:30, we will host a live performance of the life of Princess Ileana of Romania (our Mother Alexandra). The acclaimed actress will present the play in Romanian, but English subtitles will be provided. 

Because seating is very limited at the Monastery, we ask that you inform us of your intentions to be with us that evening. For our Ohio friends, please note on the attached poster the performance scheduled for Cleveland. Another performance will be in Detroit. 

Posters are attached for your convenience and for sharing the events with others. Click on the poster below to save a pdf.

Please also note that we had originally scheduled an Open House for Sept. 29, but an Ellwood City community festival that same day has caused us to CANCEL the Open House. 

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

In Christ, 
Mother Christophora 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nTHqJv-oCWvDLTU2d8YfYohCum1pzpEC


Fall Anniversary Celebration

posted Jun 15, 2018, 8:13 PM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 8:40 AM ]

Fall Anniversary Celebration - celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Altar Consecration.




Please RSVP to omtsec@gmail.com for the afternoon luncheon and for the evening performance.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/10vT2Bjf4htUr7eOjtWhKz0eimB-mJ54C/view?usp=sharing

*note: the previously scheduled open house for Saturday, September 29th has been cancelled.
 

Reminder: Click here for detour infomration

Founder's Day - April 28th

posted Apr 18, 2018, 12:05 PM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:28 AM ]

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The monastery's 50th Anniversary celebrations began with Founder’s Day: a day to remember all the Founders, Donors and Benefactors of our Monastery.  We remembered our Foundress, Mother Alexandra along with the departed hierarchs, monastics, clergy and faithful at a Paschal Divine Liturgy served by VRev. Fr. Jason Vansuch, VRev. Fr. Michael Hatrak, VRev. Fr. George Treff, and VRev. Fr. Paisius McGrath. Worshipers filled the church for this Saturday’s event. 

After the conclusion of the joyful Liturgy, Mother Christophora spoke about significant founders and contributors to our monastery’s history who have departed this life.  Then, eight priests gathered in the middle of the nave to serve memorial service, remembering all our departed founders, contributors, and benefactors. After the energetic singing of "Memory Eternal", all sang a heartfelt "Christ is Risen" for all those gone before us. 

Photos are avaliable here or by clicking on the photo below.

The refectory was filled with pilgrims enjoying a buffet lunch and fellowship with one another to conclude the celebration.

The monastery will have 2 other 50th Anniversary Celebrations this year: August 5-6 (Annual Pilgrimage) and September 28-29 (50th Anniversary of the Altar Consecration).

https://photos.app.goo.gl/dpHFDjN3fSbXsbLQ6


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