Events & Photos

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

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

A link to a poster for the concert is below for you to print and share.

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.

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Photo credit: Victor Lutes

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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

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 for the afternoon luncheon and for the evening performance.

*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).

Holy Week and Pascha 2018

posted Apr 13, 2018, 9:18 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated May 1, 2018, 5:43 AM ]

This year we had Fr. Matthew Fuhrman with us to celebrate the services of Holy Wednesday through Bright Monday. Pilgrims joined us for many of the services. On Bright Tuedsday, the Pan-Orthodox Clergy brotherhood of the Youngstown, OH area came to celebrate the Paschal Divine Liturgy with us as well as a group of parents and children, who have made Bright Tuesday their annual pilgrimage day. A group of teens from St. George, Pittsburgh came on Bright Saturday for Liturgy, lunch, a discussion, and to help around the monastery grounds.

Click on the photo below to see all photos from Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Pascha, and Bright Week at the monastery.

February 2, Meeting of the Lord: Photos

posted Feb 21, 2018, 2:28 PM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 7:12 PM ]

Festal Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Candles
Tabor House Blessing and Dedication
We had nearly 100 people for the Blessing and Dedication of Tabor house which began with the Festal Divine Liturgy for the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple. Fr. Pawlack served as the main celebrant on this his anniversary of ordination. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, candles were blessed for the feast and in commemoration of the dedication of Tabor House. The Service of blessing a new house was served by Fr. Senyo and several area clergy and was attended by many faithful as well as our architect, Gus Kayafas and our contractor, Mark Summers.

Click here to see the photos from this day.

Blessing and Dedication of Tabor House - February 2

posted Jan 25, 2018, 9:48 AM by Mother Seraphima

Winter 2017-2018 at the Monastery

posted Jan 15, 2018, 3:35 PM by Mother Seraphima

Photo album of Nativity, New Year's, Theophany, and other photos taken during this winter season.

Click here or on the photo to see the photo album.

Schedule of New Year's and Theophany Services

posted Dec 30, 2017, 12:59 PM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Dec 30, 2017, 1:01 PM ]

Sunday, December 31st - New Year's Eve, Sunday after and Leavetaking of Nativity
8:45am Akathist and Hours
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Monastery Closed from 2pm-5:30pm
6:00pm Vigil
8:30pm Dinner and Singing of Christmas Carols (please RSVP)
11:00pm Akathist and prayers for the New Year

Monday, January 1st - New Year's Day, Feast of St. Basil, and the Circumcision of our Lord
9:00am Hours
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
11:30am Brunch (Please RSVP)

Tuesday, January 2nd - Feat of St. Seraphim of Sarov and St. Juliana of Lazarevo
7:30am Great Matins
9:00am Divine Liturgy

See Calendar for more daily services

Friday, January 5th - Eve of Theophany
7:30am Royal Hours
9:30am Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil and Great Blessing of Water
6:00pm Vigil for Theophany

Saturday, January 6th
8:45am Akathist and Hours
9:30am Divine Liturgy
11:45am Blessing of Slippery Rock Creek
5:30pm Vigil

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