Welcome to the Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery!
The Monastery follows the Anthonite tradition: a monastic life centered on the liturgical cycle of the Greek Orthodox Church and where one dedicates one’s life to continuously praying the Jesus Prayer “Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.”
Upon entering the monastery grounds, we therefore ask visitors to approach their visit with a spirit of quietness and simplicity, leaving behind worldly concerns in order to gain the most benefit of their visit and to enjoy the spiritual fellowship they will encounter.
The monastery is open daily from the first morning service until 7:30 p.m. year round. During these hours unless a service is in progress, guests may visit the Chapel and our modest gift shop in the guest dining area.
The grounds present a peaceful environment for our visitors. A playground for children is on site. Pilgrims can visit St. Seraphim’s Chapel, nestled in a wooded area on the property. There are also many sitting areas where pilgrims can enjoy views of the grounds and sit and pray or read.
We pray that your visit will be pleasant and spiritually meaningful, and that you will leave with a peaceful heart. The Monastery is a holy place of prayer, repentance, and of spiritual growth. Therefore, it is with great respect of the Monastery and the Sisterhood that we ask all visitors to abide by the following:
- Please call in advance if you are planning a daily visit.
- Upon arrival, please present yourself to the guest dining area
- Please call the monastery in advance and make arrangements if a group would like to visit so that we can properly prepare refreshments and offer our hospitality.
- There are presently no facilities to accommodate Orthodox Christian pilgrims.
- All visitors must dress modestly and remain this way until they leave the Monastery grounds.
- Women must wear modest clothing for example long skirts and sleeved tops. No pants/slacks, shorts mini-skirts, sleeveless blouses/tops or tight clothing
- Men must wear long pants and sleeved shirts
- If you are not appropriately dressed, one of the sisters will provide you with suitable clothes.
- Children are to be under parental supervision at all times
- Pets are not allowed on the grounds.
- Smoking and alcohol are prohibited
- Visitors are asked not to pet or play with the monastery’s guard guard
- If attending services, visitors are asked to turn off cell phones and all other electronic devices.
We thank you in advance for respecting the holy grounds by complying with the rules and regulations. May God bless you and have a pleasant visit! Furthermore, we thank you for visiting the Monastery. We look forward to your next visit. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with one of the Sisters. Have a blessed day.