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Monastery of the Transfiguration (Ellwood City, Pennsylvania)

Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration is a monastic community for women in the Romanian Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America. It is located in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.

The community was founded in 1967 under the omophorion of His Eminence Archbishop Valerian, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate with Mother Alexandra, formerly Princess Ileana of Romania, as the first abbess. Mother Alexandra put into formation her dream of a monastic community in English for Americans. In 1987, then-Abbess Benedicta left the Transfiguration Monastery to begin the Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery with two other nuns from this monastery. The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members.

Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration
Jurisdiction ROEA, OCA
Type Female Monastery
Founded 1968
Superior Abbess Christophora (Matychak)
Approx. size 9-11 nuns
Location Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Liturgical language(s) English
Music used Romanian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated 6 Aug
Official website OCA Listing

Daily Life

Sunday: 8:30am - Akathist and Hours

9:15am - Divine Liturgy
5:00pm - Ninth Hour, Vespers, Compline

Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri: 6:30am - Matins, Hours, Typica

5:00pm - Ninth Hour, Vespers, Compline

Wed: 7:30am - Matins, Hours

9:00am - Divine Liturgy

Sat: 7:30am - Matins, Hours

9:00am - Divine Liturgy
6:00pm - Vigil


  • St. Macrina's guest house, for lay pilgrims (with kitchen)
  • St. Bridget's guest house, for clergy and their families (with kitchen)




Mother Christophora

Mother Alexandra