Dormition of the Mother of God
Orthodox Monastery
Rives Junction, Michigan

In an effort to respond to the outbreak of the Covid 19 disease, with prayer for discernment and much thought, we have decided it is in the best interest of everyone that the monastery closes and remains closed until the pandemic is lifted.  Specifically: 

* All Lenten Retreats and other scheduled events have been canceled until further notice.
* We will not be receiving overnight guests in the guesthouse.
* In place of attending the Monastery’s services, we request that you attend services in your own parish, in accordance with the guidelines followed in that community.  
* Those who confess with Fr. John should contact him directly for arrangements.  
In spite of these restrictions, we wish to assure you that our life of prayer here not only remains unchanged but will be increased with special prayers and petitions for all suffering from this pandemic.  We will continue to pray for all who request prayers for themselves, loves ones, and the departed in our unction and memorial services.  Please email prayer requests to the Monastery.   We are also hoping to stream online Liturgies and some other services, in the near future, and will announce that when it becomes available.  

We understand the disappointments this decision will cause for everyone, and we assure you it is a great disappointment for us here, especially at this time of year when we all prepare for and look forward to the Resurrection of our Lord.   We would like to stay in touch with you the best we can, and we will make every effort to keep our communications as timely as possible  We will also update our website ( with additional information as circumstances change in the weeks ahead. 

“Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation (Mt 26:41), looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Tit 2:3).

Assuring you of our prayers, and asking for yours, 

Mother Gabriella and the Sisterhood.

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