New Skete is a community of men and women dedicated to monastic life since 1966. The monastic life has but one Rule, the Gospel of Jesus the Christ, and one goal: that we love God with an undivided heart and place nothing in the way of our personal and communal attachment to Christ. We endeavor to achieve this by embracing the evangelical virtues of poverty, chastity and obedience in stability and fidelity.
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.
Taking part in the mysteries of Christ’s life, death and resurrection at the daily liturgical services, draws us to repentance and the gradual change of our inner selves. Reciting the Psalms, spending time in prayer and quiet, together with our physical labor and study, are intended to help us follow
the Gospel rule of love and compassion.
By our mutual love and understanding as children of the same God, we hope to demonstrate the possibilities open to everyone: living in peace and harmony for the benefit and welfare of all. We hope that all who come our way will find in us a source of generous hospitality, inspiration and encouragement to seek the will of God and to respond to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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