Monastery Policy during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Updated June 16, 2020

We are now in the first phase of reopening our monastery to pilgrims amid the continuing pandemic. During this phase, we ask that pilgrims contact the monastery prior to their visit, so that the brothers will know approximately when they will arrive. When pilgrims come, one of the brothers will meet them at the gate or central monastery area. Pilgrims are allowed to come into the church, visit Fr. Seraphim's grave, pray at the shrines and chapels in the central area, and visit the bookstore. If they would like a tour of the monastery, one of the brothers can provide that as well.

During this first phase, church services are restricted to the brothers of our monastery, the sisters of St. Xenia Skete, and the small number of local Orthodox Christians who come for regular services. Meals in the refectory are limited to the monastery brothers..

We ask that pilgrims practice social distancing at the monastery (i.e., stand at least six feet away from others.)

Thank you, and may God bless you!

P.S. We have posted a video and article to help people respond to the epidemic with prayer and discernment. These can be found by clicking here:
https://sainthermanmonastery.org/2020/05/12/monastic-offerings/:

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