Serbian Orthodox monastery coming to Tennessee

Monteagle, Tennessee, April 12, 2018

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The Diocese of New Gracanica-Midwestern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church has announced the formation of a new Serbian Orthodox Monastery in central Tennessee. The holy habitation will be dedicated to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.

The monastery will sit on a historic 15-acre property on a beautiful mountain in Monteagle. Diocesan Secretary Hieromonk Serafim (Baltic) has been hard at work organizing the monastic brotherhood. The first monk chosen by His Grace Bishop Longin to join the brotherhood is Hieromonk Mark (Kerr).

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The future monastery has an anonymous donor, and several Orthodox volunteers have been working at the property for the past several months.

Although the monastery is under the Serbian Orthodox Church, the intention is to build a pan-Orthodox brotherhood and to serve a pan-Orthodox group of parishioners and pilgrims.

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The future monastery’s website, currently under construction, can be found at

To support the building of the monastery, checks can be made payable to Joy of All Who Sorrow Monastery and sent to:

New Gracanica c/o Joy of All Who Sorrow
35240 N. Grant Ave., Third Lake, IL, 60046

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Reuven Zecharia11/14/2018 8:11 am
As a recent convert to Orthodox Christianity (from Orthodox Judaism) I was initially inspired to convert by visiting an out of state monastery. It is very important to us in the Chattanooga metro that this Monastery go forward and be built. If necessary I will donate money for the cause, but this is the most important Project in the State right now. Please respond and let me know if this is still a possibility. Thank you.
Vickie Winter6/20/2018 7:39 am
All of the laypeople/donors in the three pictures above have withdrawn their support from The Joy of All Who Sorrow Serbian Monastery which was to be built in Tn. These pictures are to be removed from all social media per agreement with New Gracanica. You can verify this with Fr. Serafim.
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