Visiting the Monastery
A visit to the monastery can provide a peaceful rest for your soul, an opportunity to get away from the busyness of the world and a time to experience God's presence and guidance. Our monastery is located within a day's drive of both New York and Chicago. Located just 35 miles north of Pittsburgh (just under an hour from the Pittsburgh International Airport), in the hills near Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, it is open to all pilgrims, Orthodox and non-orthodox alike. If you are interested in visiting the monastery, please read the information provided below. We hope that you will plan to visit us. The monastery is closed Sunday afternoon through Monday (with the exception of certain Feast Days).
We invite day visitors to stop by, attend a service, shop in our store, have a short tour, hike on our trails, and enjoy some quiet time. Please check our monthly calendar if you wish to attend a service. An advance phone call or email would be much appreciated before you visit.
It is necessary to call or email in advance to arrange a stay. In keeping with Orthodox monastic tradition, we provide our guesthouse accommodations free of charge. Most guests choose to leave a donation according to their means.
Both of our guesthouses are comfortable furnished with living room and dining areas, private bedrooms with shared baths, as well as fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. A playhouse and swing-set are available for children for recreation. Internet access is available in the main monastery building for guests. For more information, please see our guesthouse page.
Please note that our guesthouses are small and fill up quickly. To accommodate all of our guest requests, overnight visits usually range between 2 and 5 days.
Orthodox Groups are welcome to visit for a day or an overnight visit. These groups must be scheduled in advance. Many groups come for a church service, a meal and/or a tour of the monastery. For an overnight group visit, please note that our guesthouses are small and we can only accommodate 10-12 persons depending on the number of males and females in the group. Youth group visits must have chaperones for each house and gender.
Group tours of the monastery must be scheduled in advance. Tours can be scheduled for late morning or early afternoon depending on our monthly calendar. Please contact us for more information.