The first-ever “Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries” has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. The Atlas can be purchased ($ 19.95) on or directly from the publisher, the Holy Cross Orthodox Press

Drawing on extensive research, as well as fascinating stories and “insider” anecdotes, the Atlas offers readers:

  • A scholarly introduction into traditions of Eastern Christian monasticism and a history of Orthodox monasteries in America
  • A full and comprehensive directory of nearly 80 American Orthodox Christian monasteries
  • An enticing travel guide for those seeking to visit  American monasteries and to “sample” monastic life

In addition, twenty-three featured monasteries share their “personal stories” and offer a glimpse in the surprising spiritual appeal of monastic life in 21st century America.

Edited by Alexei Krindatch. 150 pages of text are accompanied by four sets of color maps and more than one hundred photographs depicting everyday lives of US Orthodox monasteries. The Atlas is “album size,” 9″ by 11.” The full table of contents is provided below.

“This is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to a small but important sector of American religious life. Whether you want to know about the history and theology of Orthodox monasticism or you just want to know what to expect if you visit, the stories, maps, and directories here are invaluable.”

Nancy T. Ammerman, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University

To purchase the Atlas contact:

Holy Cross Bookstore
50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02445
Phone: 1-800-245-0599
Fax: 617-850-1430, or

Email: [email protected]

The Atlas can also be purchased online:


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