Let Brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
If any pilgrim monk come from distant parts, if with wish as a guest to dwell in the monastery, and will be content with the customs which he finds in the place & do not perchance by his lavishness disturb the monastery, but is simply content with what he finds he shall be received, for as long a time as he desires. If, indeed, he find fault with anything, or expose it, reasonably, and with the humilitiy of Charity, the Abbott shall discuss it prudently, lest perchance God had sent him for this very thing. But if he have been found gossipy and contumacious in the time of his sojourn as guest, not only ought he not be joined to the body of the monastery, but also it shall be said to him, honestly, that he must depart. If he does not go, let two stout monks, in the name of God, explain the matter to him.
Bene Dictum, Benedicte!
Quoted from a medieval gloss from the Rule of St. Benedict, "On the Reception of Guests."
Schedule of Services:
Please keep in mind that the community is small and subject to the normal pressures of living in the modern world, so times may vary. Something so simple as a "flu" outbreak can disrupt things. If you are coming from a distance please call.
Matins: 5:30 AM
Vespers: 5:30 PM (Supplication to the Mother of God on Fridays)
Compline: 9:00 PM
On certain feast days and often Wednesdays and Saturdays there is also the Divine Liturgy - call for details: (419) 468-8880.
Directions to St. Theodore House, 449 Portland Way South, Galion, Ohio 44833:
Coming From the South on Interstate 71: take the Rte 61 exit (Mt. Gilead/Sunbury) and head north toward Mt. Gilead. The monastery is on St. Rt. 61 and 309 about 1/2 mile inside the Galion city limits approximately 35 miles from I-71.
Coming from the North on Interstate 71: take the U.S. 30 (Wooster/Mansfield) exit west toward Mansfield. Continue on U.S. 30 through the town of Crestline until you reach SR 598 (about 25 miles). Turn left and continue straight for 5 miles (598 will end and change into SR 309/61). The Monastery will be on the left.
Coming from the West On US 30: turn right at the blinking light on SR 598 and continue straight for 5 miles (598 will end and become SR 309/61). The monastery is on the right.
Coming from the East On US 30: turn left at the blinking light on SR 598 and continue straight for 5 miles (598 will end and become SR 309/61). The monastery is on the right.
- If you prefer you can always go to the MapQuest website. Mapquest will calculate your directions "door-to-door" to St. Theodore House!
St. Theodore House
449 Portland Way South
Galion OH 44833
Fax: (419)468-8890 Please Call before faxing.