Orthodox Christian Monastery of the Patriarchate of Georgia
A Monastic community of Orthodox Christian Nuns in the Patriarchate of Georgia, under Metropolitan Dimitri of Batumi, Lazeti and the North American Diocese, located at Union Bridge, Maryland, near Washington, DC, and Baltimore. Our Sisterhood begins with our spiritual family in Greece under the guidance of Elder Dionysios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Dormition, Petra, Greece, the spiritual son of Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra, Mount Athos.
These two Elders baptized, on 17 July 1987, in Ormylia, Greece,
and tonsured, on 13 September 1995, in Thebes, Greece,
Canonically established by the Ηoly Patriarch of Georgia Ilya II in September of 2012, the Monastery belongs to the North American Diocese of the Georgian Apostolic Orthodox Church under Metropolitan Dimitri, a member of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America. The sisterhood of St. Nina’s main purpose is praying the daily cycle of services.
The Enthronement of our Abbess Aemiliane by our Metropolitian Dimitrios of Batumi and Eparchy of Lazeti,
Administrator of the Georgian Parishes of North America & Canada,
on 27 January 2013, the Feast Day of St. Nina
Having been blessed by God with a contract to purchase 131 acres with two ponds, a church, refectory, big barn, and 5 residential buildings, the oldest from 1821, all in excellent condition, we found unlimited potential and the great challenge of securing this land and transforming it into an Orthodox Christian Monastery.
In this ideal setting, our prayers and services are combined with hospitality to visitors, caring for the gardens, chickens, and bees, making prayer ropes, natural skin balms and oils, baking Prosphora for the Liturgy, to name a few of our activities. As the seasons change, berry-picking gives way to honey collection. New projects are constantly emerging, and the help and expertise of friends old and new, is always needed. Pilgrims are welcome and should email to arrange visits.