Monastic Life

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Christ the Light of All Creation

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

Blessing of the Animals


All and the animals they love are welcome.  


Celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis

Art of Living with Your Dog Seminar
3-day seminar at New Skete Monastery.  

Introduction to the New Skete philosophy of living with dogs.
​Registration required.

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

 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

Becoming a Brother or Sister
​Monastic Internships

50th Anniversary Celebration

Monasteries

October 01, 2016

August 06, 2016

July 14 - 17, 2016

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.

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...

50th Anniversary - Pilgrimage
Fifty Years of Monastic Witness

Annual summer festival.


Guest Speaker, Father Michael Oleksa

On-line Gift Shop

Monastery Gift Shops

Monks' 12:30 to 4:00 
Tuesday through Saturday and 
by appointment

Nuns' 12:30 to 4:00
Tuesday through Saturday