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Old Sep 7, '07, 11:41 am
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Default Emmitsburg's New Orthodox Monastery

This February 2008 St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery will open as a fully functional monastery in Emmitsburg, MD. I am very happy about this and hope that it will be a good influence on the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance and Mount St. Mary's Seminary nearby (which already has two icons made by an Orthodox man in St. Bernard's Chapel and celebrates the liturgy of St. John every November).

I am an acquaintance of the Kontos family which donated this land to the Greek Archdiocese, they have a very strong devotion to St. Nektarios, as so many Greek people do and have many Icons of him in their family homes. It is very interesting for Emmitsburg to have such a growing Orthodox prescence to it. Already there are at least three Eastern Orthodox professors at Mount St Mary's that I know of, two of whom happen to be well known priests. One of whom is the pastor of this mission in the nearby town of Westminster: http://stjamesorthodoxchurch.org/ (It is a mission of the Linthicum MD parish of Frederica Mathewes-Green fame)

The monastery is located on the top of one of Emmitsburgs mountains just as many are in Greece, such as the ever famous Mt. Athos. It is a very steep mountain with a treacherous road that will have to be improved drastically in order to receive visitors in cars, unless they want them to walk as pilgrims.

The latest news is that Mr. Alexander Kontos who founded this monastery is now deceased of a brain aneurism which was a surprise to his family. It is amazing how God let him have the monastery half built before he left this earth. May his memory be eternal. His funeral was attended by over 400 people from many different states. He will be fondly remembered. I only regret that I knew him such a short time, I saw in him much kindness and humility. He has about 30 grandchildren.

Here is one news article about the monastery and Mr. Aleko Kontos obiturary, which I encourage you to read:

http://www.hellenicnews.com/readnews...d=6698&lang=US

http://legacy.com/WashingtonPost/Dea...sonID=93648086
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Old Sep 10, '07, 9:05 am
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Wow! That's excellent news!!!! I live near Emmitsburg and am looking forward to this monastery opening!
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The Philippines still does not have an Orthodox monastery for those who want to be priests or deacons. It has a monastery for nuns, and that's about it for Orthodoxy here in the Philippines as far as Orthodox vocations are concerned.
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4HisChurch if you know of anyone who might like to join me in a "Byzantine Chant sing-along" please tell me. I am trying to start this going somewhere around Mt St. Mary's or a local parish in Frederick County. There is also the possibility it could include a certain type of Western chant which is very similar to Byzantine chant best described as "Old Roman" (from before Gregorian).

There's a retired priest named Fr Dr David Shaum who will probably be interested in assisting with technical details (correct interpretation). He taught gregorian chant at Mt St. Mary's for decades.

Yes the monastery's are very important for the future bishops in the Church. The Eastern Churches are very much monastic Churches. The Russian version of the Vatican is Zagorsk Monastery. The Irish church was itself a totally monastic church exactly like the Orthodox for it's first 400 years of existence. Much of the west seems to have been that way as far as I can tell it is simply the ancient universal christian tradition to have bishops who are monks.
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Old Sep 11, '07, 4:49 pm
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Wow, Chris, what a great idea! This coming Sunday (9/16) St. Mary's Parish in Fairfield,PA is having a Byzantine Mass. Apparently, a visiting priest from Pittsburgh is saying it.

Anyway, I would love to learn to chant.
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Wow, Chris, what a great idea! This coming Sunday (9/16) St. Mary's Parish in Fairfield,PA is having a Byzantine Mass. Apparently, a visiting priest from Pittsburgh is saying it.

Anyway, I would love to learn to chant.
Here you go......good luck.
http://chant.hchc.edu/#
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Wow, Chris, what a great idea! This coming Sunday (9/16) St. Mary's Parish in Fairfield,PA is having a Byzantine Mass. Apparently, a visiting priest from Pittsburgh is saying it.

Anyway, I would love to learn to chant.
If you want listen to chant here is a good site.

(Disclaimer: this is an Orthodox website with some theological content)

http://www.ancientfaithradio.com/
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I have Ancient Faith Radio on my favorites list. Its a wonderful resource.
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This Holy Cross Seminary/College's Chant program is spectular!

This is the best use I have ever seen the Internet used for in my entire life!!!!!!!!!

my mind is boggled.

When I have a program set up I will contact you again 4HisChurch.
I regret that I missed the byzantine liturgy at St. Mary's (isn't the name?) in Fairfield this weekend, I've noticed theres an iconograper who lives near there too but is about 80 years old and in too poor a health for me to speak to. Her name is Dr. Thelma Steiger.
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I have a relative who works at the Mount and I'll be stopping by to visit on Wed. I might have to stick around an extra day.
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Hey Chris, I was wondering if there's any new news on this monastery? From what I have heard, the actual building is finished but there are no monks or nuns in it. Is this correct? Could a person go and visit the building at all? Do you know if it's supposed to be a women's or men's monastery? Did they run into any problems since it was supposed to be up and running a year ago? I'd really like to visit it since it is not to far of a drive but I can't seem to find any updated news on it.
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Just a minute. Am I correct - this is not an Eastern Catholic Monastery -- it is a Greek Orthodox Monastery - they are not in accord with Our Holy Father so why would a Catholic be excited about this Monastery?

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Just a minute. Am I correct - this is not an Eastern Catholic Monastery -- it is a Greek Orthodox Monastery - they are not in accord with Our Holy Father so why would a Catholic be excited about this Monastery?

Why not?
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Just a minute. Am I correct - this is not an Eastern Catholic Monastery -- it is a Greek Orthodox Monastery
Yep, it's supposed to be in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. I just can't seem to find any updated news on it though.
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Hesychios,

Because this is not an Eastern Catholic Monastery.

There are a number of Greek Orthodox Churches in Maryland; what is different about this one other than that it is in Emmitsburg. It is still not Catholic and they are not in accord with the Holy Father in Rome.


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