The Summer Youth Program at Holy Trinity Monastery was established to expose our young men to the rich spiritual heritage and legacy of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Its objectives are to nurture the development of the young men in the areas of spiritual discipline, steadfastness and sobriety through a structured program of participation in the monastic community.
The dates for the 2016 Program are Tuesday, June 21 to Saturday, July 9. We usually begin on Sunday evening, but on account of the feasts of Pentecost, Day of the Holy Spirit, and the Third Day of Pentecost, we will begin officially on Tuesday Evening instead. Families are encouraged to take part in Pentectost celebrations at Holy Trinity Monastery. The guesthouse fills up early, so be sure to make reservations as soon as possible.
The age range for participants is 15 to 18 years old. During this three-week period the young men will attend and participate in the daily cycle of services and are expected to partake of the Mysteries of Holy Confession and Communion once a week. While attending meals in the monastery refectory they will listen to the daily readings of the lives of saints. There will be spiritual instruction in the Law of God on a daily basis and the young men will work alongside the monastics in their various daily obediences: tending the monastery's cemetery, working in the vegetable garden, caring for the chickens, cooking for the brotherhood, helping with various construction and repair projects, etc. They will also have the opportunity to enjoy summer recreational activities such as sports, swimming, hiking, fishing, campfires, and field trips.
The Summer Youth Program has been supported annually by the Fund For Assistance to ROCOR. The FFA grant has allowed Holy Trinity Monastery to keep the tuiton very low. Please consider donating to the FFA for this and other worthy causes.