New Western Rite monastery planned for Louisiana

Moscow, January 25, 2017

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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, plans are underway to open a new Western Rite monastery in Louisiana.

As Archpriest Mark Rowe, Dean of ROCOR Western Rite communities, writes, the monastery will be in the Benedictine tradition, under the patronage of Our Lady and St. John the Forerunner and Baptist, and under the abbacy of Hieromonk Ezekiel (Vieages), tonsured by Met. Hilarion in December, 2014.

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Monastery plans include monastic housing, guest cells, a full chapel and refectory and cemetery. There is to be a convent-metochion attached as well, named in honor of St. Mary Magdalene. There are currently two nuns, Mother Barbara and Mother Cecilia.

Hopes are to develop a place of spiritual renewal, and a location for ordinations, retreats, seminars, etc.

ROCOR’s Western Rite aims to respond to the desire of those Western Christians seeking to re-establish the pre-schism Western Church, and who may not otherwise unite themselves to the Orthodox Church due to the uniqueness of the Eastern Rite or ethnic cultures. Currently there are twenty-five parishes and eight monasteries within the Western Rite communites.

Fr. Mark writes: “This is a huge project, and we ask you undergird this project with prayer, fasting and almsgiving to reach its potential… Please, of your Christian Charity, consider a gift today to start the building fund.”

Donations earmarked for the monastery can be made via Paypal at the ROCOR Western Rite site.


Editor8/28/2023 9:55 pm
Thomas, messages here don't go to the monastery. This is just a news story about it. You can check out the links embedded in the story for info on how to contact the Western Rite people.
Thomas E. Raines+8/28/2023 12:29 am
I live in Pensacola, Fl. I would like to come visit and to meet you. Is this possible some time when the weather breaks. In His mercies, Thomas Raines+
William Vincent3/10/2017 5:30 am
This is listed as the physical address:

77370 Pete Richardson Rd.
Bush, Louisiana 70431

WR-UK1/26/2017 3:39 pm
The church in the image is the Keble College chapel in Oxford, England. The photo is from Bishop Jerome's pastoral visit to the UK ROCOR Western Rite community in 2013. He is being assisted by Priest Thomas Cook.
Editor1/26/2017 11:08 am
Br. Nicholas and Eve - it seems that information is not available yet.

Charles - we don't know. We found the picture on the Western Rite website.

Charles Ritchie1/26/2017 5:44 am
Which church is that;in the large picture at the top of this story? (And where is this church located?)
Brother Nicholas Joseph1/26/2017 1:47 am
What is the physical address of the monastery?
Eve1/26/2017 1:46 am
Where in Louisiana will the monastery be built?
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