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Dormition Skete (Buena Vista, Colorado)

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'''Dormition Skete ''' is a [[monasticism|monastic]] community located in the heart of the near Buena Vista, Colorado Rocky Mountains, now on 27 acres of beautiful mountain property, at 9,000 feet, in the St. Elizabeth National Forest. The Skete is heated by solar energy, is designed specifically for icon painting, and can house 6 monks. There are three churches: the Kyriakon named [[skete]] was founded in honor of the Holy Dormition of 1979 under the Mother of God[[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]], and then later affiliated with two chapelsdifferent Greek [[Old Calendarists|Old Calendarist]] jurisidictions, followed by a Russian one in honor of the Exaltation of (the Holy and Life-Giving Cross[[Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church]]), and the other dedicated to Saint George, the Great-Martyr. The Kyriakon is designed according to the traditional Athonite architecture established by Saint Athanasios of Mt. Athos, and is a little larger than now the Katholicon headquarters of the monastery [[Genuine Orthodox Church of Stavronikita on America]], an independent group which recognizes the Holy Mountain of Athos. Most Orthodoxy of only itself and the work [[Genuine Orthodox Church of construction was done by the monks Greece (Lamian Synod)|Genuine Orthodox Church of the SketeGreece]], with which it is in communion.
==History==
Dormition Skete is located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, now on 27 acres of property inside San Isabel National Forest. The skete is heated by solar energy, is designed specifically for [[icon]] painting, and can house six [[monk]]s. There are three [[church]]es: the Kyriakon, named in honor of the Holy [[Dormition]] of the [[Theotokos]]; and two chapels, one in honor of the [[Elevation of the Holy Cross|Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross]], and the other dedicated to Saint [[George|George the Great-Martyr]]. The Kyriakon is designed according to the traditional Athonite architecture established by Saint Athanasios of [[Mount Athos]] and is a little larger than the Katholikon of the Monastery of Stavronikita on the Holy Mountain. Most of the construction was done by the monks of the skete.
Dormition Skete was founded in 1979 by then-Monk Gregory, with the blessing of [[Archbishop]] Seraphim of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Bishop Gregory came from the East Coast to Colorado in 1978 with his eyes set upon the mountains as a place to start skete life in America. He had on his person only $20. After one month, 10 acres were donated to him in the mountains of Colorado to start a small monastery, dedicated to [[prayer]], solitude, the [[iconography|painting of Orthodox icons]], and [[incense]]-making as the main occupations for the monks to sustain themselves. The monastery is self-supporting and does not solicit donations for its existence.
In 2003 the Orthodox monastic tradition there are three types of ascetic life. The first is fathers constructed a large community consisting of many monks. This type of establishment is generally called a monastery andnew building that provides much more space for living quarters, if large enoughoffices, may be called a lavrareception room, etc. The second type is called a skete. A skete is a small monastic community, which consists Most of a few monks, the monastics now live and they usually live work in more isolated areas and have a more austere lifethis building. They live outside the bustle All of the world, icon painting continues to be done in the wildernessoriginal skete building, and are under the shepherding eye of the abbot. The third is the retirement of a hermit who lives in solitude, seeking the Lord with as it was designed to be well-suited to the greatest art of zealiconography.
Dormition Skete was founded in 1979 by then-Monk Gregory, with is the blessing of Archbishop Seraphim of base location for the Russian Genuine Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Bishop Gregory came from the east coast to Colorado in 1978, with his eyes set upon the mountains to start skete life in America. He had on his person only $20. After one month(GOCA), 10 acres were donated to him in under the mountains leadership of Colorado to start a small monastery, dedicated to prayer and solitude and the painting of Orthodox icons, and incense making as the main occupation for the monks to sustain themselves. The Monastery is self-supporting and does not solicit donations for its existencenow Archbishop Gregory.
In 2003 the fathers constructed a new building which provides much more space for living quarters, offices, a reception room, etc==External links==*[http://www. Most of the monastics now live and work in this buildingdormitionskete.org/ Dormition Skete Official Website]*[http://www.gocamerica. All org/ Genuine Orthodox Church of the icon painting continues to be done in the original skete building, as it was designed to be well-suited to the art of iconography.America Official Website]
Dormition Skete is the base location for the Genuine Orthodox Church of America (GOCA) under the leadership of now Archbishop Gregory. GOCA maintains a presence in the US as well as Bulgaria, Italy, Brazil, and has a large and vibrant following in Congo.  [http[Category://www.dormitionskete.org/Old Calendarist Monasteries]]
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