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New Skete is a monastic community of men and women rooted in the tradition of the Eastern Church. Through prayer, worship, and the work of our hands, we seek to respond to the mystery of God and the Gospel's power to transform human living.Welcoming all, we seek to bridge the old with the new and to witness to the sacredness of all creation.
To carry out this mission...We embrace our responsibility to foster the single-minded search for God in each other and in those we meet.
We are open to others of all beliefs through retreats, days of recollection and liturgical services.
We interact with the wider community in accord with our way of life.
We are firmly committed to the equality of all persons, and, in very
simple ways, we reverence all of creation as the dwelling place of God.
The Companions of New Skete are a married monastic community founded in 1983. A year later, we were brought under the omophorion (the distinguishing
vestment of a bishop and the symbol of his spiritual and ecclesiastical authority) of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius. The monastery of the Companions is named Emmaus House in honor of the appearance of Jesus Christ to two of his disciples on their way to Emmaus.
The members of this house live monastic life in common, in fellowship with the Monks and Nuns of New Skete, according to the evangelical promises of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Monastic life is a life of prayer, contemplation, liturgical worship and work, most often lived in community. When we are asked, "What is essential to monastic life?"
Our response is, "A consuming love for God, above all else." Our human condition impels us to transcend ourselves, to seek the creator. This is the lifelong quest of
every human soul. If one is married, one’s spouse is not in competition with this love, but strengthens it through mutual love for each other in the sacrament of marriage.
We strive to grow in faith and wisdom by willingly exploring, evaluating and challenging all areas of our lives in loving, dynamic inter-relationships. We offer ourselves to God as witnesses of married monasticism in contemporary America.
We share our mission with all who partake of our hospitality. We have developed Sanctuary Gardens and a Woodland Walk, with many meditation areas and icons to enhance the reflective experience of our guests.
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