Monk Sophronios (Copan) is an American monk living out his monastic calling in a small monastery in Eastern Kosovo, dedicated to the Holy Archangels Gabriel and Michael. Orthochristian.com recently had the opportunity to interview him about his experiences as an American and a monastic in Kosovo while he was in America giving talks about his monastery and the contemporary situation of Orthodox Christians in Muslim-majority Kosovo.
A chorus of music filled the Sunday morning air. Candles brightly burned as Father Eugene Wozniak led his congregation in prayer. On the back wall, a new display towered tall behind the altar. Church members say they are impressed.
The famed Valaam Monastery opened its pilgrimage season with a procession in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the translation of whose relics to Bari, Italy was celebrated by the holy Orthodox Church yesterday. The brothherhood and the monastery's many pilgrims joined in the holy march around the island, carrying icon banners and a reliquary containing a piece of the relics of St. Nicholas.
Visiting the convents that were founded by Geronda Ephraim, a spiritual child of the great Elder Joseph the Hesychast from Mt. Athos, is a unique opportunity for women to feel both the spirit of this holy mountain and the holy elder’s prayers through the prayers of his spiritual children.
Igumen Michael (Semenov), deputy abbot of Klykovo Monastery, speaks on Matushka’s role in the appearance of the monastery, on the difficulties and victories of the brethren, on the continuity of love, and much else in this candid conversation.
When I went to the monastery, I thought I was ready for monastic life: sewing, knitting, cooking… Only years later did I realize that I don’t know how to do anything and I don’t know anything. Socrates said: “I know that I know nothing.” Me too…