Casa Grande, Arizona, November 9, 2023
In less than a decade, the sisterhood of the Monastery of St. Macarius the Great of Egypt in Montclair, California, has more than doubled in size.
Founded in 2015 under the omophorion of His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America with seven sisters, the convent, which numbers 17 today, has long outgrown its rented space and is appealing to the faithful to help it realize its dream of a permanent home, the diocese reports.
In 2019, the convent, together with the affiliated St. John the Baptist Monastery in Phoenix (men) and St. Mary of Egypt Monastery in Glendale, Arizona (women) purchased an 80-acre plot of land in Casa Grande, Arizona, that will house the monastic communities, as well as a ministry center, especially directed towards young adults and teenagers. OrthoChristian reported about St. Mary of Egypt Monastery American monasteries gathering support for building projectsA number of Orthodox monasteries throughout America are in the midst of building projects that will allow them to house more monastics and receive more pilgrims, thus helping to spread the Orthodox faith.
The center will offer retreats, sustained discipleship, outreach, and more.
In June of this year, they finally were able to break ground on the property, and now the communities are urgently trying to raise money to complete at least the most basic aspects of their residence building before the contractors leave.
Watch the monastery’s video appeal:
To learn more and to support the nuns, see the site of the Monastery of St. Macarius of Egypt and paradiseaz.org.
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