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St. Theodore House is a small monastic community for men in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the authority of His Eminence, Metropolitan Maximos, of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and located in Galion, Ohio.

The word monk conjures up different meanings to different people. For some it means a narrow minded fanatic out of the Middle Ages, burning people at the stake. For others it evokes Francis of Assisi preaching to the birds, or the gentle rustle of ancient pages in the library and the serenity of chant. We see ourselves in this latter light, most certainly not as narrow minded fanatics (and harbor no plans to burn anyone at the stake). With joy we treasure and practice our Orthodox Christian Faith and honestly believe it has a tremendous amount to offer society. Our lifestyle does have many things that are ancient in origin: we sing our chapel services in Byzantine Chant (using both Greek and English), and a day's work may include the making of illuminated manuscripts and icons as well as using the internet in correspondence and marketing. Monks are not afraid of modern technologies, just very careful in their use of them. Our work includes: various pastoral activities, outreach and lectures, retreats, the practice of a variety of traditional art and craft work such as icon painting, weaving, calligraphy, and the cultivation of gardens for both the monastic chapel and table.

Vocational inquiries should be directed to the community's superior, Fr. Nicholas Hughes.


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