Men's Monastic Communities

New York
St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Monastery
151 Heron Road
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Abbot: Metropolitan Demetrius of America
Priestmonk Haralampos
Priestmonk Ignatius
Priestmonk Theologos
Priestmonk Benedict
Priestmonk Joachim
Hierodeacon Sergius
Hierodeacon Demetrius
Phone - Line #1 - 518-254-7283
Phone - Line #2 - 518-254-7284
Phone - Line #3 - 518-254-7285
Phone - Line #4 - 518-254-7286-Metropolitan's Line
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The following two monasteries (in the United States) are dependencies of St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Monastery:


Monastery of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos
484 Pucker Street
Preston Hollow, New York 12469
Contact: Hieromonk Damian, Igoumen
Phone: 518-239-4650


Nova Scotia, Canada
St. John the New Almsgiver Hermitage
Argyle, Nova Scotia

Quebec, Canada
Monastery of Saint John the Theologian
500 St. Damien Road, Ste Emelie de L'Energie
Montreal, QC J0K-2K0, Canada
Phone: 514-276-8408


Hermitage of St. Ignatius the God-bearer
A dependency of the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco
Santa Cruz Naranja, Guatemala
Diocese of Etna and Portland
Monastery of Saint Gregory of Sinai
Physical Address:
Loch Lomond, California
Postal Address:
8252 Harrington Flat Rd
Kelseyville, California 95451-7711
Abbot: Bishop Sergios of Portland
Priestmonk Parthenius
Priestmonk Patrick
Hierodeacon Moses
Phone: 707-279-0488
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Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery
P.O. Box 398
1307 Sawyers Bar Rd.
Etna, California 96027-0126
Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Etna
Bishop Auxentios of Photike
Abbot: Archimandrite Akakios
Hieromonk Gregory
Hieromonk Patapios
Hierodeacon Nectarios
Hierodeacon Photii
Phone: 530-467-3228
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Women's Monastic Communities

New York
Monastery of Saint Syncletike
Farmingdale, NY
Website: The Nuns' Garden and The Sermons of the Saints

The Saint Syncletike Monastery is a small private women's community, founded by Metropolitan of Astoria Petros of blessed memory, in 1978. Under the guidance of the abbess, Gerontissa Siglikiti, the Sisters teach, sew priestly vestments, paint icons and maintain the monastery's gardens.

The Sisters also direct the Greek Schools of Saint Markella and Saint Isidoros, as well as conduct private lessons in Greek and English.
Quebec, Canada
Convent of St. Anna
7870 Rue Birnam
Montreal, QC H3N 2T4, Canada
Contact: Archimandrite Nikodemos, Igoumenos
Phone: (514) 276-8408
Fax: (514) 276-9144
Diocese of Etna and Portland
Alberta, Canada
Convent of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary
RR # 2
Bluffton, Alberta TOC OMO Canada
Abbess: Mother Amvrosia
Serving Priest: Fr. Dionisije (Dimitrijevic), Hieromonk
Phone: 403-843-6401
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Convent of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess of Russia
P.O. Box 126
25 Forest Walk
Etna, California 96027-0126
Abbess: Mother Elizabeth
Serving Priest: Fr. George Mavromatis, Presbyter
Phone: 530-467-5625
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Forty Day Memorial Service

Q. Can you please explain the significance of the forty day memorial service? An Evangelical family asked one of our relatives that question. We said that it’s best to ask a clergy member. Thank you in advance for your response. (We will forward it to them as soon as possible).
-P. & M. G.