NOTICE: (Updated 5/22/20) Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have been waiting to see whether it will be possible to host anyone for the Summer Youth Program in 2020, and whether the program would be modified. Please check back to this page for updates.
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.
Participants "unplug" from computer and internet use, cell phone use, and in general electronic devices. If a film or video is featured in the program, it is for all particpants together.
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," or rather, the faith and teachings of the Orthodox Church, on a daily basis with various clergymen and guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to young men who are preparing for college or carreers. All presentations and discussions are in the English language.
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 dates for the 2020 Program are, tentatively, within the range of Sunday, June 28 to Saturday, July 18. Orientation will begin on Sunday evening. Families are welcome to come one day early to participate in the life of the Monastery. Reservations in the Monastery guesthouse are available. Participants should stay with their families until Sunday after Liturgy. Registration will begin following lunch. Parents/guardians must meet with the program coordinator prior to their departure.
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.