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In a monastery garden

2 March 2012

The Monastery of the Descent of the Holy Spirit near Pretoria has had its ups and downs since it was founded just over ten years ago. Hieromonk Seraphim has the pastoral care of the parish of Klerksdorp, and so is not in full-time residence. A young man, Justin, who is testibng his monastic calling, is in France studying ikonography. Another young man, Nikhon, stays at the monastery and looks after the church, and leads prayers if there is no priest, but does not think he is called to a celibate life.

In a monastery garden

The main church at the Monastery of the Descent of the Holy Spirit

Looking west from the monastery garden. On the left is the fig tree from which fig preserves are made for visitors

Monastery of the Descent of the Holy Spirit: Trapeza, bell tower and chapel

In a monastery garden

It is a quiet place, and a good place to come to pray.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Irulan permalink
    2 March 2012 12:27 pm

    Where is this, Steve?

  2. Irulan permalink
    2 March 2012 12:28 pm

    Ah, sorry – the page hadn’t loaded..

  3. Irulan permalink
    2 March 2012 12:30 pm

    Reblogged this on african monastic.

  4. 2 March 2012 4:43 pm

    Steve, it may have its ups and its downs but the monastery still seems to be a monastery … a place of peace and calm in a frantic world.

  5. Jaques permalink
    14 August 2012 10:56 am

    I have for a number of years now wanted to join a monastery, how do I go about it?

  6. Stephan Terblanche permalink
    31 January 2013 5:11 pm

    For more than two years the Holy Spirit had pointed me to orthodoxy following a total disconnect with the western church in all her sectarian forms. Analysis paralysis set in and several perceived obstacles kept me from taking the first steps to initiate my conversion process, i.e. which branch of orthodoxy, proximity to the church/congregation, etc as I live on a farm near Hartebeespoort Dam. I could not have have asked for a clearer sign when I decided to explore the dirt road that passes the farm in the direction I never travel. Less than 5km from me I stumbled upon the Monastery of the Descent of the Holy Spirit. I had been living on the farm for more than six months now but worldly duties…….Cannot wait to meet my neighbours!!!!!

  7. ibe augustine permalink
    17 July 2014 11:24 pm

    please what are the steps one has to take to enter the monastery i will be glad to hear from you please

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