Fifty Years of Monastic Witness
New Skete 50th Anniversary Booklet

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Renovation of the Transfiguration Temple "little church"

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

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Dear Friend,

Things change over 50 years. Neither the monastics of New Skete, nor their buildings are exempt.

As we celebrate the first 50 years of our life of prayer and service to the Church, we are humbled with the abundant blessings of friendship that have been bestowed upon us. We are grateful for each person whose life has intersected with our own for these many years. It is the promise of these continued and deepening relationships along with the anticipation of new friends on the horizon which energizes us as we look to the next 50 years and all that we can accomplish through God, through prayer, and with all of you.

Designed and built by the Monks, the Holy Transfiguration Temple (aka the “little church”) at New Skete has become a well known “symbol” of New Skete. As you reach the top of New Skete Lane, this church rises before you with its rustic exterior and elegant gold domes pointing heaven-ward. It has provided the monastics with a place of worship, celebration and meditation and has welcomed countless visitors and friends, almost from New Skete’s very beginning. Since 1970, it has been the spot where many friends have experienced important life moments. In spite of its comparatively small size, it is home to many powerful icons including; the Pantocrator, icon screen and depictions of the themes for the 6 Sundays following Pascha and the Transfiguration on the west nave wall. Intricately hand carved wood frames the altar screen. This church continues to provide an intimate setting for retreats and individuals and small groups seeking a place of quiet contemplation and reflection.

Honor, remember, celebrate

As with many of the buildings at New Skete, time and elements have worn down the little church and it is in a state of disrepair. We have sought expert evaluations to determine the work needed and the cost to ensure a long, bright future for this church that has become so important to so many.

In celebration of New Skete’s 50th Anniversary we ask you to consider a gift to enable us to reach our goal of $400,000 to renovate the little church, as well as to make repairs to other buildings in need. We welcome and appreciate your involvement in New Skete’s future.  
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Whether deepening, renewing or beginning your connection to New Skete we hope you will be able to participate in the events throughout 2016. We would welcome a visit from you. Visit for more details.

 Please know we keep you in our thoughts and daily prayers. May God bless you abundantly for your generosity of prayers, kindness, and friendship!

In Christ’s love,

Brother Christopher                    Sister Cecelia
Prior, Monks of New Skete         Prioress, Nuns of New Skete