Suceava, Romania, October 22, 2021
As part of its program to restore the monastic life in old Bukovina monasteries that were closed during the annexation of Bukovina by the Habsburg Empire, the Council of the Archdiocese of Suceava and Rădăuți of the Romanian Orthodox Church decided to restore two monasteries and establish a third.
And now, the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Ițcani will become a convent, as it was from the 14th to 18th centuries, and the 15th-centuyry Balinești Skete, closed in 1864 will be reestablished for nuns, placed under the obedience of Dragomirna Monastery, reports the diocesan press service.
And the Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist in Arbore, founded in 1502 on the site of an old monastic settlement, will become a skete for monks, placed under the obedience of the Monastery of St. John the New in Suceava.
In 2004, the Church from Ițcani was included in the list of historical monuments in Suceava County, and in 2015, the St. Nicholas Church from Bălinești and the St. John Church in Arbore were included.
In 1993, the Arbore Church was included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites as part of the painted churches of northern Moldova.