- About Us
The Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco was founded in 1996 as a community of Orthodox Christian monks. Currently the brotherhood consists of about twenty monks and novices. We are located on 42 acres of scenic Ponderosa forest near the town of Manton, California, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Mt. Lassen National Park. Manton is less than an hour's drive from both Red Bluff and Redding.
The brotherhood was originally located at Point Reyes Station, California, at St. Eugene's Hermitage, a small facility which belonged to the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America, where there had been a monastic presence for over 50 years. Our monastery continues to be a part of the OCA Diocese of the West. Due to growth in numbers and industries, the Monastery moved northwards to Manton in the summer of 2006.
We are informed and inspired by the living tradition of the ancient monastic centers, including those of Mt. Athos in Greece and Valaam in Russia. We strive to be faithful to holy tradition while adapting to the realities of contemporary America. Most of the monastics in the monastery are Americans, and the prayers and church services are conducted in English. The aim of our life is simple obedience to the commandments of Christ and the Holy Scriptures. We strive to earn our living by making candles, publishing, keeping bees and operating a bookstore. We also grow some of our own food.
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