The Monastery is fully O P E N and functioning!
We are not closed and have not ever closed!
All Orthodox Christians are welcome, regardless of jurisdiction!
Dear faithful of Saint Sabbas Orthodox monastery, greetings in the Lord!
I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend for the feast of Saint Peter and Paul and enjoying a beautiful time together after the liturgy in the monastery's garden. I would like to share with you some things that have been going on behind the scenes at Saint Sabbas, so that I could ask for your help and your prayers.
In the course of 21 years we have accomplished great tasks at Saint Sabbas. We have a beautiful church with beautiful iconography. We have a large reliquary and many historic treasures and artifacts. We have a good amount of land, beautifully maintained houses and properties, as well as palace quality gardens. If one looks and considers everything that has been accomplished in 21 years, I think you would all agree it is a miracle. The only debt that the monastery has in 21 years (of all of this hard work) is $73,000.
When the coronavirus began we deferred the payments because the restaurant was shut down - and we had no other choice. Now that the restaurants are opened again but only to half capacity we are having some difficulty. Most people just do not go out like they did in the past.
Two weeks ago the bank manager called and said that the bank loan is being called first week of September. We either need to pay the loan or request for an extension. Because the restaurant itself is the collateral for the loan, and because for the last five months we have shown no income, it is unlikely we will be able to extend.I have discussed this issue with a few people to try to find some solutions. One very generous couple within our community has pledged $20,000, if we can match the $20,000. If we can pay off as much as possible, then the balance will be easier to figure out how to refinance. It would be a great blessing to pay off the entire amount and have no footprint or responsibility to the banking system especially in these difficult times. I would like to add, as things get more difficult, more pressure put on the church, it is just a matter of time that tax exemption status and other benefits (that we have enjoyed from the beginning of our country’s history) will cease. This may be the last time we will have the opportunity to help and make the monastery completely financially independent. We have an enormous amount to show for the hard work and blessings of 21 years. The amount that we owe is nothing in comparison. If you have the opportunity, and it’s in your heart please help us to resolve this situation.
God bless and protect you all!
Our Mailing address is:
St. Sabbas Orthodox Monastery
18745 Old Homestead Dr.
Harper Woods, Mi
Christ is risen!
Pascha afternoon I laid down for a bit of a rest and when I woke up I found this wonderful Pascha surprise on my telephone. I wish to share it with all of you. It was a greeting from His Beatitude the Holy Patriarch Of Jerusalem. Sharing the joy of the Pascha light and acknowledging our hard work and struggle to keep the monastery open for the people and the light of Christ to shine brightly through the Holy Sacraments!
Christ is risen!
The non - profit fundraising entity of St. Sabbas Monastery, the Royal Eagle,
STOPPED its operations following the Executive Order of our Governor as of March 16th, 2020 and will RESUME as soon as possible.
20 % of the annual proceeds of the Royal Eagle are dispersed abroad to international Orthodox Charitiesand Monasteries. Many of them completely rely on our help!!!
Your contributions are greatly appreciated during these very difficult times.