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50th Anniversary Celebration

Monastic Life

Our Mission


Christ the Light of All Creation

Icon, painted by Sister Cecelia in celebration of the
50th Anniversary of New Skete
Description of Icon

All and the animals they love are welcome.  

Celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

It is with great joy that we invite you to join with us in our celebration of 50 years of New Skete Monasteries, and to share in our passion for Christ’s love in our world—a world where we serve God every day by the work of our hands, with the Lord as our guiding light.

Today in our monastic witness we seek to proclaim the Good News especially by the harmony and balance of our work and prayer. Through the church services and liturgical arts, and as bakers, dog breeders and trainers, retreat and seminar leaders, iconographers and prayer companions, we hope to share with others the inspiration and presence of Jesus in our lives.

The world needs the light of peace, justice, mercy, and compassion that we seek to live in our work, prayer, and community. As we celebrate five decades as a monastic community, we thank you for joining us on our journey.

May the Lord give you peace!

Read more about the 50th Anniversary of New Skete and how you can join the celebration...

October 01, 2016
​Blessing of the Animals

October 08, 2016
​Annual Autumn Retreat

 We hope that you find your visit to our website informative and peaceful.  Our Eastern Orthodox monastery, located in Cambridge, New York, was founded in 1966.  

As Orthodox Christians, it is our passionate desire to live the monastic life and to worship authentically and intensely. New Skete’s entire history has been characterized, in the midst of supporting ourselves, by our efforts to translate the essentials of early Christian monasticism to an American culture capable of transforming us today. This has entailed pursuing the knowledge needed to foster a spirit of healthy simplicity. We achieve this by studying Sacred Scripture, Monastic and Liturgical History and by being open to the difficulties and yearnings of our contemporaries.

In Peace

New Skete is a religious community of men and women dedicated to monastic life in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

​The Monastic life has but one rule, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and one goal, that we each attain the end for which we are created.


Full day conference

Includes light breakfast, lunch and retreat materials

Located on the gentle slope of Two-Top mountain [el. 1,743 ft.], you will find the churches of New Skete, Emmaus Guest House, the dog kennels,  and the monks' monastery.   Nearby, you will find the nuns' monastery along with their cheesecake bakery.  Peace and tranquility are part of the setting as well as part of life at New Skete.  

A Peaceful Place