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       Saint Elizabeth Skete is a womens monastic community under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in the Diocese of Eastern America and New York. The skete was founded by the late Metropolitan Laurus (+ 2008) in 1987. 

        Following the traditional monastic way, the nuns share a common life of work and prayer, a life based upon simple obedience to the commandments of Christ and Holy Scriptures. To support themselves the nuns sew, make hand-dipped beeswax candles, manufacture church incense, produce original hand-painted icons, make prayer ropes, natural skin creams and blend herbal teas. In the summer they tend their flower and vegetable gardens.

 Daily services are chanted in the skete's house chapel, which is still under reconstruction.

“Be closer to each other, be as one single soul, wholly devoted to  our Lord, and say, as did Saint John Chrysostom: Glory to God for everything.... You must draw closer to God. The Lord says, My son, give me thine heart and let thine eyes observe My ways… {If you do this} then you can be sure that you have given everything to God because you have given Him your heart, and that means your very self.

             (From a letter of St. Elizabeth in exile to her monastic sisters, 1918)   


St. Elizabeth Skete is home to a piece of the Belt of the Holy Mother of God, enshrined in an Icon of the feast of Her Protection.




Visit our online Gift Store. You will find incense, candles, natural creams, herbal teas and much more.

Your purchases will help to support the skete.

Theophany 2014 - 01/21/14

For the first time we were able to celebrate the feasts of Holy Nativity and Theophany of the Lord in our remodeled chapel.


Kursk Icon of the Mother of God visits - 01/09/14

We were so fotunate to start the civil new year with a visit from the Kursk icon of the Mother of God.


St. Nicholas Day 2013 - 12/21/13

On Thursday, December 19, Saint Elizabeth Skete celebrated the feast of Saint Nicholas. This was the second time we were able to celebrate the feast in the renovated chapel.

Hieromonk Cyprian from Holy Trinity Monastery led the Divine Liturgy. The newly remodeled chapel quickly filled up with worshippers.

Feast Day of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr - 07/18/12

It was a long awaited event that the sisters at St. Elizabeth Skete have been planning for several months. On July 18, 2012, the feast of the New Martyrs Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Nun Barbara, the sisters not only celebrated twenty-five years of the community's existence, but also the elevation of Mother Elisabeth to the rank of Abbess.


Work has begun on covering the balcony and staircase.

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