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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Hieromonk Mark, Abbot6/18/2020 7:23 am
Progress is being made at the Monteagle site. Water service has been established; two factory built buildings, a one bedroom cabin and a small chapel, for a hermitage that will serve as the starting point of the monastery work, are under construction; the state permit for the hermitage septic system has been issued; shortly, the the septic system will be installed, after which electrical power will be brought in to the site and a gravel driveway will also be built. The expectation is that I will be able to move there by the end of July (2020) or soon thereafter. Please follow our progress on the monastery website ( or Facebook page ( On the website is a PayPal link through which donations to the project may be made, which will be greatly appreciated as there is much work yet to be done. Thank you and may God bless your generosity and your continued prayers. Sincerely in Christ, Abbot Mark
Demetrius Bogolea2/2/2020 6:57 am
Very interested if this is still going forward would love to be of some help.
Hieromonk Mark (Kerr)5/15/2019 4:50 pm
While the original donors withdrew their further support (beyond the purchase of the property) which they had promised (to build the entire facility), when they were told that the statutes of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the typikon of the monastery would not allow them to appoint themselves as lay directors and officers of the monastery, we have continued to plan for establishing the monastery in Monteagle. More information may be found on the new monastery website, and on our Facebook page: Joy of All Who Sorrow Monastery. At this time (15 May 2019), the situation looks as though we may be able to move there this summer to begin our work. Pray for us!
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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