Hieromonk Serafim (Baltic), the Abbot of New Gracanica Monastery, has been hard at work organizing this Monastic Brotherhood with an anonymous donor and volunteer Monastery workers in Tennessee for the last several months.
They have come together and chosen a beautiful historic property of 15 acres on a scenic mountain in Monteagle, Tennessee. This beautiful property was once owned by famous American The Highlander Folk School which entertained visits from notables in American history such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.
A group of Orthodox Christians from the South are coming together in this beautiful state of Mountains and rollings hills to enthusiastically support this budding Monastic Brotherhood. The first Monk chosen by Bishop Longin to come to Tennesse will be Hieromonk Mark (Kerr).
A local Serbian – American woman from the Nashville area, Ariane Trifunovic Montemuro points out that, “Several of us have been praying for a Serbian Orthodox Monastery for years and I personally am happy and honored to volunteer and work for this Monastery to grow. I want to to honor God, Bogarodica and finally my Serbian born parents Aleksandar and Danica who were proud to be Orthodox (Pravoslav) and never forgot their Slava!”
The Monastery will welcome and serve a Pan-Orthodox crowd and a bright future is envisioned for this beautiful piece of property! The anonymous donor pointed out that this is surely the the will of God because the Monastery address in Monteagle, Tennessee is on”Highlander Drive” and that name even reminds us of our Serbian Monastery on Mt. Athos, (Svetu Goru) called: Hilandar!
It is clear to us that God’s hand is guiding us in the formation of this new Monastic Brotherhood in the beautiful state of Tennessee! The property reminds us of Serbia!
To learn more about the Monastery, log on to their temporary website and follow the link to Podcast #7: