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St. Sabbas the Sanctified Orthodox Monastery, directly under His Eminence, Metropolitan NICHOLAS, is a canonical monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).


About the monastery

Founded in 1999 by Archimandrite Pachomy (Belkoff), St. Sabbas Orthodox Monastery in Harper Woods, Michigan is situated on more than six acres and features the abbot's quarters, the monastery church, the library of over 6,000 books, trapeza, candle-making, beehives, the peacock coop, and more. The monastery follows the patristic Julian calendar in conjunction with traditional monastic standards.

The monastery is surrounded by beautiful gardens, fountains, and mosaic shrines in the style of the ancient monasteries of Jerusalem, Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, and the other old countries.

The Beginning

St. Sabbas began with the purchase of a lone house which is now the library and monastic quarters. Construction of the church began shortly after, beautified with original authentic iconography adorning the ceiling and walls.

Over the years, surrounding properties were obtained and remodeled. A house purchased in 2000 became the archimandrite's cell. The attached three-bay motorcycle repair garage became The Royal Eagle Restaurant, the non-profit fundraising entity for St. Sabbas, after the necessary renovations were made.

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