By Fr. Bjorn, OES Our main monastic house isn't much to look at. We rent it from a kind old farmer who owns roughly 20 acres of farmland that the simple house that we have dedicated as our monastery sits on.
There are some who may turn their noses us at the fact that our space is rented, or that it doesn't look like what many people imagine a monastery to be. This is of little concern to us; the space fits our needs, the neighbors (our landlord, his wife, their son, daughter-in-law and their 3 grandchildren) are kind and have adopted us into their family and the atmosphere here allows us a great deal of environmental silence, as well as the ability to behold the beauty of nature.