A Traditional Orthodox Women's Monastery
Orthodox Church in AmericaDiocese of the South

Special Monastery Moments

Nativity 14Below you will find an overview of current, past, and upcoming events which have or will take place here at the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery. We will be offering special retreats, theme weekends, special events, community work days, various courses, and a regular days of worship, some of which will be open to the public throughout the course of the year.

If you are interested in visiting the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery, or would like to schedule a workshop, event, or activity and retreat; please contact us prior to your visit. As scheduled events are created, and registration becomes available, they will be listed below. Have a blessed day.



Special Nativity Monastery Retreat:

The sisters of Nativity Monastery invite you to join us for a retreat to be held at The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery on Saturday, April 6, 2019. We also welcome our Speaker: Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer) of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery. Abbot Sergius will also bless us by bringing the miraculous icon of St. Anna (see below). The icon will be available for veneration during the hours and liturgy, and again after the conclusion of the talks and throughout vespers.


Schedule of Events (all times are approximate):
8:30 - Prayers before communion and hours

9:00 - Liturgy      
10:30am - Brunch
11:00am - First Session 

12:00pm – Questions

12:30pm – Break

1:00pm - Second Session 
2:30 - Questions
5:00pm - Vespers




You may RSVP by calling the monastery at 903-498-4474 or by sending an email to nativitymonastery@gmail.com

When you RSVP, please let us know how many will be attending with you.


Acquiring the Mind of Christ: Embracing the Vision of the Orthodox Church

St. Paul clearly states Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. (Phil 2:5.) How do we acquire this Mind of Christ and where is it to be found? For the Orthodox Christian, salvation is the acquisition of this Mind of Christ which is to be found in the Church. This acquisition moves us from the image of God to the likeness of God; through our obedience to this call we begin to know God and this knowledge is eternal life (John 17:3). Abbot Sergius will discuss how acquiring the Mind of Christ is possible and why it is necessary in our lives today.

Archimandrite Sergius, originally from California is a convert to Holy Orthodoxy and a graduate of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Fr. Serguis sought solace in the monastic life of the Orthodox Church by being tonsured as a monk of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania - the first Orthodox Christian Monastery in North America.


Aside from his duties as a monk, Fr. Sergiss dedicated much of his service to the training of the future priests of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America by serving as the lecturer in liturgical music, one of his many fortes. After many years of prayerful service as a humble monk, Fr. Sergius was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and to the Holy Priesthood in December 2008, by His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

Archimandrite Sergius was installed as the 16th Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery on Saturday, January 23, 2010.  Elected on October 24, 2009, this marks the first election of a member of the monastery brotherhood to the position of Abbot in 47 years.

On Sunday morning, May 25, during the annual Pilgrimage weekend, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon elevated F. Sergius to the dignity of Archimandrite.

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