Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
Orthodox Church in America
Canonsburg Hosts Lecture about Elwood City Monastery - 9/12/2023

The September installment of the St John the Baptist Church's Metropolitan Theodosius Lecture Series, "Mother Alexandra and the Birth of a Monastery in Western PA" was held Tuesday, September 12, 2023.

The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, located in Ellwood City, was founded in 1967 by Mother Alexandra (the former Princess Ileana of Romania) whose dream it was to provide a place where American Orthodox women from all ethnic backgrounds could come to live the monastic life and benefit from a liturgical cycle in English. The desire of her hear was to provide a fountain of spiritual refreshment to the people of the country that gave her a home after her exile.

Mother Abbess Christophora and Mother Magdalena shared insight into her life and their memories of living with this incredible Orthodox eldress. 



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