Consisting of impressive buildings and an other-worldly way of life, Holy Trinity Monastery is a source of spiritual nourishment and support for the Orthodox Church. The monastery is a male community under the auspices of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The brotherhood is dedicated to a life of prayer and obedience according to the pre-revolutionary Russian monastic tradition. The monastery draws many of its traditions, including its publishing efforts, from the Pochaev Lavra in Western Ukraine, by way of the Monastery of St. Job of Pochaev in Ladomirovo (located in contemporary Slovakia). With the advance of Soviet forces into the region, the Ladomirovo brotherhood fled first to Germany, then the USA, where they joined the fledgling community founded earlier by Hieromonk Panteleimon and Ivan Kolos (the future archimandrite Joseph). Led by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko +1960) of blessed memory, the monks continued the mission established by St. Job in the 15th century to publish books for the edification and protection of the faithful.
Besides its publishing operation, the monastery is also world-renowned for its school of iconography, founded by Archimandrite Cyprian (Pijoff). Fr. Cyprian made it his life goal to return Russian iconography back to its ancient roots. His frescoes adorn the walls of the monastery's Cathedral, as well as several of the most recognizable Russian churches abroad. In addition, Fr. Cyprian trained a number of iconographers who continue and expand his work even to this day. His legacy is also preserved and disseminated through the Icon Printing Studio, which accepts custom orders for high-quality printed icons in any size.
Also situated on the monastery grounds is the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, which trains young men from around the world for the Holy Priesthood and other ministries within our Church. HTOS is the only full-time seminary program within the Church Abroad. The seminary also houses the Foundation for Russian History, which curates the local archival, museum, and library collections. In addition, the Foundation engages in exhibits and publication projects both in the United States and Russia.
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