IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE STATE OF THE MONASTERY IN THE WAKE OF THE BUSHFIRES (updated 25.11.2013):
The fire which swept through Springwood, Winmalee and Yellow Rock on Thursday 17th Oct. 2013, caused significant damage to the monastery. The Archdiocese of Australia has issued an encyclical letter calling on the Greek Orthodox community to support the Holy Monastery of St. George by donating to the appeal. The encyclical can be accessed by clicking the link below:
Donations can be made directly to the following account:
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Property Trust – St. George Monastery
BSB: 082 057
Account Number: 616 960 042
Because of damages to the property sustained through the bushfire and the subsequent need for clean up, it is not yet deemed safe for visitors to the monastery. Currently the monastery is closed to all. We will update the faithful as soon as there are any changes to this status.
We ask for your continued prayers.
To listen to recent reports on the condition of the monastery and the affect the fire had, click on the links below:
To view some images of the damage the monastery has sustained visit the Archdiocese of Australia’s Facebook page by clicking the link below:
This is the official site of Saint George Monastery in Yellow Rock, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.
This year, 2012, the Monastery celebrates 50 years since its foundation. To mark this significant anniversary there are several events being planned for October. See the news and events page for more details.
The Genesis of the Monastery
For fifty years now, the Holy Monastery of Saint George has been under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. It is a place of great spiritual and cultural significance for all Orthodox Christians.
From its early stages when the katholikon (central church of a monastery) of Saint George and a simple house were the only forms of architecture on the grounds of the monastery, it has slowly flourished over time. Today, there is a chapel dedicated to Saint John the Theologian and Saint Christodoulos of Patmos. The quarters that will serve as the archontarikion (the guesthouse) are almost complete. Still under construction are the library, the monks’ quarters, an administration building and the chapels of Saint Patapios and the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. The latter will house the icon of Panagia of Yellow Rock and will serve as the cemetery chapel.
Many of the building works and projects undertaken by the Greek-Australian community at the Holy Monastery of Saint George would never have been realised if it were not for the encouragement and blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos.