Events & Photos

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

Visit of the Myrrh-streaming Hawaiian (Iveron) Icon

posted Oct 11, 2017, 6:37 PM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 6:53 PM ]

Hundreds of faithful came to venerate the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated as well as the Akathist and Paraklesis services to the Theotokos throughout the day. A steady stream of pilgrims came to venerate and pray before the icon and were anointed with the fragrant myrrh coming from the icon. Some photos are available in the photo album below.
(Click on photo above or here to open the photo album)

More information about the icon is available at and also at

Myrrh-streaming Hawaiian (Iveron) Icon to Visit Monastery

posted Oct 6, 2017, 8:53 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 11:10 AM ]

On Wednesday, October 11. The Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God will be present at our monastery for veneration and an opportunity to be anointed with the holy myrrh. Please join us if you can. 


Students from Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy and Preschool came to visit the monastery and were also witnesses to the Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Theotokos from Hawaii.October 11, 9:00am-5:00pm

9:00am Divine Liturgy

Noon - Akathist to the Theotokos

4:00pm - Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos

If you are unable to make it here, the Icon will be in the area for a few days. Here is a schedule:

October 10, 2017, Tuesday

Nativity of the Theotokos
Greek Orthodox Monastery

121 St Elias Lane

Saxonburg, PA 16056

Tel(724) 352-3999

Divine Liturgy8:00am (Visitation till 5:00pm)


St. Gregory Orthodox Church (OCA)

214 E 15th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120

Tel: (412) 819-0915

Moleben with Akathist, 6:00pm


October 11, 2017, Wednesday

Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration (OCA)

321 Monastery Lane
Ellwood City, PA 16117-6531

Tel: (724) 758-4002

Divine Liturgy, 9:00am (Visitation till 5:00pm)


Nativity of Christ Russian Orthodox Church (MP)

727 Miller Street

Youngstown, OH 44502

Tel(330) 788-0151

Moleben with Akathist, 6:30pm

Pilgrimage Schedule 2017

posted Jul 19, 2017, 11:50 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 9:51 AM ]

Dear Reverend Fathers and monastery friends, 

We invite you to be with us for the weekend of August 5 and 6 when we celebrate our Patronal Feast Day and Annual Pilgrimage. With deep regrets our Archbishop Nathaniel has had to cancel his participation this year. However, by God's good providence, we are pleased to announce that His Grace, Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Archdiocese will be with us to serve as our presiding hierarch and guest homilist. We thank His Grace for adjusting his own plans to visit his parish in New Castle and for bringing the faithful to celebrate with us. 

May we all have a blessed and holy season of the Dormition Fast. Asking your prayers and sending our love, I remain, 

Yours in Christ, 
Mother Christophora, Abbess 

Young Adult Choir Videos

posted Jul 2, 2017, 3:09 PM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 11:44 AM ]

Many people have asked for direct links to the YouTube videos of the Liturgy and Concert sung by the young adult choir retreat participants. The Divine Liturgy can be found here: (The Liturgy begins around 40 minutes into the video) And the concert can be found here:

Photos can be found in the previous post "Summer 2017"

Summer 2017

posted Jun 28, 2017, 11:08 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Aug 29, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

In early June, a Moleben was served by Fr. Michael Senyo and the sisters for the groundbreaking of the new guesthouse. June rains brought a beautiful double rainbow. On June 19th the Archdiocese of Western PA and the Bulgarian Diocese celebrated the 10th anniversary of the repose of Archbishop Kyrill. July we had visits from the youth at St. George in New Kensington and St. Alexander Nevsky Church Camp. August brought our annual Pilgrimage (photos coming soon - see our Pilgrimage page) and another Youth/Young Adult Choir retreat on Saturday, August 19. Photos of Summer Events can be found here
(Click on photo to see summer photo album)

The Monastery hosted a Young Adult choir workshop with 7 participants under the direction of Harrison Russin, instructor at St. Vladimir's Seminary. Photos from the choir event can be found here.
(click on photo to see Choir Workshop photo album)

Concert of Liturgical and Sacred Music

posted Jun 17, 2017, 12:30 PM by Mother Seraphima

Paschal Season 2017

posted May 17, 2017, 7:47 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated May 17, 2017, 10:29 AM ]

Photos from the Paschal Season include the blessing of the seeds and the garden on Midfeast of Pentecost and a Mother's retreat with the Antiochian Women's group from St. George's church in Pittsburgh. Click on the photo below to see more photos.

Holy Week and Pascha 2017

posted Apr 18, 2017, 11:27 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

We had many people visit the monastery from Lazarus Saturday through Bright Tuesday. Fr. Chad Hatfield, the president of St. Vladimir's Seminary, was with us for the weekend of Palm Sunday. For the end of Holy Week and Pascha, Fr. Seth Earl, a 3rd year Seminarian at St. Vladimir's Seminary, served all of the services in the monastery. We thank them for their service. We are also grateful for all the local clergy who served throughout Lent, Holy Week, and Bright Week at the monastery. Photos from Holy Week and Pascha are now available, click on the photo below to access the photo album.

Lenten Groups and Events

posted Mar 24, 2017, 11:14 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 6:44 AM ]

The Pittsburgh Mom's group visited on March 11th. Mother Christophora and another sister spoke at a women's retreat in State College, PA, also on March 11th. On March 16, Bishop Neofitos of the Diocese of Nyerni in Mount Kenya visited the monastery. On March 18th, the two-year memorial for Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko was served after Divine Liturgy. 

A regional OCF retreat was held here on Saturday, April 1. Holy Trinity Church brought their HOPE and JOY groups here on Sunday, April 2. The youth helped to chant the vespers service.
Pittsburgh Mom's Group

Great Lent 2017 & March Calendar Info

posted Feb 26, 2017, 7:12 PM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 8:43 AM ]

Dear Monastery Friends,
You will find our March calendar on the calendar page - a busy month ahead for all of us, full of many divine services, special gatherings and quiet opportunities to refocus on the "one thing needful."

Please note that we will mark the two year anniversary of the repose of Father Thomas Hopko on Saturday, March 18, at the Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service that day. If you can be with us, please plan to stay for a luncheon and time to share memories of Father Tom and our appreciation for his work in the church. Kindly let us know of your intentions to attend so that the meal may be planned accordingly.

We will also mark the 40th day of repose of Matushka Juliana Schmemann on Friday, March 10, with a Memorial Service and lunch, following the 10:00 Pre-Sanctified Liturgy that day.

Finally, please note that the monastery will be closed on Sunday evenings and on Mondays until 4:00 during Lent. This is to afford the sisterhood some quiet hours for reflection, rest and private time together as a spiritual family, during each of the busy weeks of Great Lent.

Pray for us and please forgive our sins and offenses.

May you have a most blessed Lent.

With love in Christ,
Mother Christophora

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