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17727Antiochian Archdiocese Purchases Property for the Establishment of the Convent of St. Thekla

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Apr 5 10:19 AM

      Antiochian Archdiocese Purchases Property for the Establishment of the
      Convent of St. Thekla
      Apr 4th, 2013

      The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America has
      completed the purchase of property and buildings in York County,
      Pennsylvania for the establishment of the Convent of St. Thekla, a
      female monastic community. The property is located in Glenville,
      Pennsylvania and consists of 51 acres of land which includes a
      four-bedroom "move-in-ready" house, a two-story barn, and a three-car
      garage with an attached workshop. The property also has a pond, and
      includes 30 acres of farmland and seven acres of woodland.

      The original plan for the Convent called for it to be built on a parcel
      of land which is on the main property of Antiochian Village. However, it
      became clear that the cost of doing this would be too high, especially
      given that it would have required that all the infrastructure (road,
      water, electricity, and sewage) be made available at the site. There was
      also the risk that environmental concerns (such as the discovery of
      endangered plant life or animals) could have seriously impacted the
      building plans. The purchase was funded by a combination of the money
      that had been raised by the Antiochian Women through their multi-year
      fundraising effort, an endowment fund that had been set aside many years
      ago for this purpose, and generous donations from individual members of
      the Archdiocese Board of Trustees.

      The property is approximately a 40-minute drive from our parish of St.
      John Chrysostom in York, Pennsylvania, and is a one-hour drive from both
      Harrisburg airport and BWI airport. This central location allows the
      property to be reached by a 3½-hour drive from the NY/NJ Metropolitan
      area, as well as a 3½-hour drive from Antiochian Village.

      We have undertaken a search for the abbess of the community, as well as
      women who are candidates to join the community as female monastics. The
      candidates are both existing nuns as well as women who feel a calling to
      the monastic life.

      This is a most exciting development, and we ask for prayers that the
      Lord will greatly bless these efforts, and the women who will eventually
      form this monastic community.

      *Source: Antiochian.org

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