Students from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Make a Day Pilgrimage
to Holy Protection Greek Orthodox Monastery in Pennsylvania
On May 8, 2011, students from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary visited Holy Protection Greek Orthodox Convent in White Haven, Pennsylvania. The sisterhood, founded in 1993 by Elder Ephraim of Arizona, is made up of 20 nuns.
Hieromonk Cyprian Alexandrou, the seminary's dean of students, led the day pilgrimage, which began with a four o'clock in the morning departure from Jordanville.
Upon their arrival the seminarians attended Divine Liturgy. Afterwards, they enjoyed an informal breakfast and conversation with Fr. Mark Andrews, the convent's serving priest. The students then had the opportunity to pray, read and reflect.
After lunch Abbess Olympiada visited privately with the seminarians. She spoke about the history of the sisterhood and its spiritual life.
Later in the day one of the sisters gave a tour of the monastery. Besides the main church, which is dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul, the monastery has chapels dedicated to St. Nectarios, St. Parasceve, and a prayer chapel to St.Seraphim of Sarov. The seminarians also toured the monastery grounds, which include a bakery, icon-painting studio, woodworking shop, candle making shop and guesthouse.