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Metropolitan PHILIP Announces the Establishment of the Convent of St. Thekla

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  • Patricia Collins
    http://www.antiochian.org/node/19946 His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP Announces the Establishment of the Convent of St. Thekla at Antiochian Village [image
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 4, 2009
      http://www.antiochian.org/node/19946
      His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP Announces the Establishment of the
      Convent of St. Thekla at Antiochian Village
      [image image-teaser ] It is with great joy that His Eminence
      Metropolitan PHILIP announces the establishment of the Convent of St.
      Thekla at the Antiochian Village. The Acting Superior of the convent
      will be Mother Alexandra (Magan), and we welcome her with joy to the
      Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.

      Mother Alexandra will take up residency at the Antiochian Village during
      the first week of July, and will live in temporary housing until such
      time as the residence building is constructed on the proposed site for
      the convent, which is on the main property at the Antiochian Village.
      This will allow her to experience a good part of the camping season, and
      to interact with our children.

      She also has plans to attend the Archdiocese Convention in late July,
      and to have a presence at the St. Thekla Pilgrimage which will be held
      at the Antiochian Village in September.

      There will soon be a website established for the convent, where all
      important news and information will be posted.

      A brief biography of Mother Alexandra follows below.

      Biography of Mother Alexandra

      Mother Alexandra was born on October 11, 1965 in New Bedford, MA and is
      oldest of two surviving children. She was baptized in Saint James Roman
      Catholic Church and confirmed at the age of 13 at Our Lady of Fatima
      Parish. She attended public schools in her home town, graduating from
      New Bedford High School in 1983. After a short attendance at the
      University of Massachusetts in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, she left
      the world and entered a Cistercian or Trappistine Convent where her
      introduction to Orthodoxy occurred. In 1990, she left primarily to
      pursue her education, working at several jobs to finance her education
      and attending Orthodox parishes. In 1994, she was granted a Bachelor of
      Arts equivalency from Saint Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado. When
      that school closed, she moved and restarted her theological education at
      Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. In 1997, she
      was awarded Masters of Arts Degrees in Systematic Theology and Church
      History. While in graduate school, she served as the Assistant Director
      at the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville. After graduating, she
      accepted a position at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard,
      Illinois, where she served as Campus Minister, retreat director,
      instructor of Theology and Chairperson of the Theology Department for
      eight of her nine years at the school. After her move to Illinois, she
      attended Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Church in Wheaton, Illinois
      where she was formally received into the Orthodox faith and chrismated
      on Theophany 1998. When the parish moved, she attended Saint Joseph
      Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Having paid her school loans, she resigned
      her position at the high school in 2006 to return to a normative
      monastic life at Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, New York. In May
      of 2008 Bishop Tikhon of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania received
      Mother Alexandra as a schemanun.

      Mother Alexandra is named after Alexander, one of the Holy 40 Martyrs of
      Sebaste and her name's day is March 9.

      She can also be reached by email at motheralexandra at gmail.com.




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