On July 12,2021 Bishop Benedict (Aleksiychuk) greeted the monastic sisters arriving in Chicago from Ukraine. The Sisters, five in all, will be living in Richmond, IL (not far from Chicago) in a monastic location consisting of a chapel and a residence. The Lord has bestowed the Sisters with many gifts and talents that they can utilize in serving the faithful, but the greatest and the most priceless gift they bring with them is their prayers. When the church prays, it becomes a living church.
The monastery is named The Dormition of the Mother of God, whose patron is the Univ Blessed Mother, and our Sisters have brought a replica of the icon of the Univ Blessed Mother here from Ukraine.
The establishment of the monastery is a unique event that serves as a sign that our Eparchy is growing spiritually into a large, unified family. We are incredibly grateful to all who worked diligently to make it possible for the monastery property to become suitable both for living and praying. We are most grateful to God for such an enormous gift we have received that coincides during the year of the 60th Anniversary of St. Nicholas Eparchy. The St. Nicholas Eparchy was established in the United States with its Cathedral located in Chicago, IL, when Pope John XXIII signed a papal decree on July 14, 1961.
During this eparchial anniversary year, on August 28, 2021, we will have the first pilgrimage to The Monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God, where we will celebrate the opening and blessing of this monastery and we invite all of you to take part in this joyous occasion.
The program for the day shall be as follows:
11:00am Moleben to the Blessed Mother.
11:30am Opening and Blessing of the Monastery.
12:00pm Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
1:45pm Greetings by Bishop Benedict and Clergy.
2:15pm Welcoming Reception with the Sisters.
2:30pm Youth group performances.
The location of the monastery: