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The Community of St. Theodore is a House (Oikos) rather than a Monastery. This is a small monastic residence that does not have the extensive cycle of services a larger community would have. It also allows for a certain flexibility needed in the pastoral work of the community. Often, there is also a sort of "specialization" in work. On Holy Mt. Athos, there are "Houses" whose brotherhoods are experts in icon painting, music, metal craft, wood carving, etc. But as in all Orthodox monastic situations, the heart of any community is prayer, both public and private, which leads to union with God. Any external work, however worthy, is incidental to this ultimate goal.

The "pattern of life" for St. Theodore House is found in a variety of monastic communities in Greece, in particular the Holy Community of St. Michael at Tharri, Rhodes and in the life of our patron saint, St. Theodore, the Studite. He was a great ascetic, defender of the Orthodox Faith, and an incredible organizer of monastic life. He was abbot of the great urban monastery of St. John in the Stoudion district of Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in the 8th century.


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