Pilgrimage

Orthodox Monasteries

In our world full of vanity, everybody at a certain point needs a break. Parishioners of the Church of Saint Sophia in Waterloo, Ontario and their Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Eparchies of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada have a unique opportunity to find refuge from daily routine and to get closer to eternal matters during the regular visits to Orthodox Monasteries, organized by Saint Sophia’s spiritual pastor, Reverend Father Myroslav Shmyhelskyy.

Both Saint Kosmas Aitolos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Bolton, Ontario and Holy Transfiguration Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Milton, Ontario are situated in picturesque woods “far from the madding crowd” — yet close enough to afford Orthodox Christians from nearby cities a chance to visit and draw closer to God in centers of humility and quiet prayer. The monasteries welcome everyone who wishes to find out more about monastic life; who is drawn to worship; or wishes to venerate the monasteries’ Holy Relics.

Among the faithful of Saint Sophia’s church are those who have committed themselves to journeying to monasteries farther afield — giving praise and worshiping God at Mount Athos, at the monasteries in the United States, in Thessaloniki, in Jerusalem, at Pochaiev, at the Lavra in Kyiv.

Men’s Monasteries

St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery — Florence, Arizona.
Archimandrite Paisios, Hegumen.
Spiritual Father: Elder Ephrem.

Holy Trinity Monastery Greek Orthodox Monastery — Smith Creek, Michigan.
Hieromonk Joseph, Hegumen.

St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery — Roscoe, New York.
Archimandrite Joseph, Hegumen.

Holy Transfiguration Serbian Orthodox Monastery — Milton, Ontario.
Hieromonk Vasilije, Hegumen.

St. Sabbas the Sanctified Monastery — Harper Woods, Michigan.
Archimandrite Pachomius, Hegumen.

Holy Trinity Monastery — Jordanville, New York.
Archimandrite Luke, Hegumen.

Women’s Monasteries

Monastery of the Virgin Mary the Consolatory — Brownsburg-Chatham, Quebec.
Abbess Thekla.

St. Kosmas Aitolos Greek Orthodox Monastery — Bolton, Ontario.
Mother Alexia, Hegumena.

Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery — Rives Junction, Michigan.
Mother Gabriella, Hegumena.