The monastic community of Our Lady of Kazan began roughly 25 years
ago south of Downtown Albuquerque as a skete - defined as a small
community made up of 2-3 monks. The church began with
one monk who was eventually made a monk after a number of years of
self-study of the Eastern Orthodox faith, church history and the
study of many other different faiths.
Over the years, many have come to us to
begin the study of communal life and the vows of
obedience, humility, chastity and
stability. Some chose to go back out into the world and others
went forward to begin their own
sketes or communities in different regions.
Originally founded as a center for first
generation Russian and Greek Orthodox living in the Albuquerque metro area.
These were members of the Old Calendar Church - continuing the
practice of following the Julian
calendar. This calendar falls two weeks behind the current civil calendar...and
celebrates the church feasts two weeks after the Western churches. Hence, the
celebration of Holy Nativity on January 7th
each year and the movable feast of Holy Pascha or
Easter only falls on the same date as the West once every seven years.