Orthodox Monasteries in America

Orthodox Monasteries in America


Have you ever wanted to visit a monastery but didn’t know what to expect or where to go?  With nearly 80 Orthodox monasteries in America, there is a good chance one is within driving distance.  But how do you find one?  Where do you start?

An atlas of Orthodox monasteries is now in print

The first-ever Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries,  released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America was made possible by a grant from the Virginia H. Farah Foundation and the Cottonwood Foundation.

The Atlas offers readers:

  • A scholarly introduction into traditions of Eastern Christian monasticism and a history of Orthodox monasteries in America,
  • A full and comprehensive directory of nearly 80 American Orthodox Christian monasteries,
  • An enticing travel guide for those seeking to visit American monasteries and to sample“monastic life.
  • And much more!

In addition, there are twenty-three featured monasteries which share their personal stories and offer a glimpse in the surprising spiritual appeal of monastic life in 21st century America.

Edited by Alexei Krindatch, the 150 pages of text are accompanied by color maps and photographs depicting everyday lives of US Orthodox monasteries.

The Atlas can be purchased ($ 19.95) on OCN’s Amazon store or directly from Holy Cross Orthodox Press.

Also available by Alexei Krindatch is the Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Churches.




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Presvytera Vassi Haros

Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.