Center for Orthodox Pastoral Guidance is a ministry of
The Orthodox Hermitage of Archangel Michael, “New Kloštar” was founded on June 19 o.s., by a Stavrophore-monk of the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North & South America & British Isles; a jurisdictional member of “The International Union of Genuine Orthodox Churches”.. Upon completion of 15 years this monk became a suburban hermit in Central New York State.
Father “Romuald”, Er.Rom., BPS, CPCS was born in Auburn, New York ; educated and trained in Community Alternative Dispute Resolution & Family Mediation , Existential & Gestalt Therapy, Addictions Counseling [1992 – 1996] and Orthodox Pastoral Counseling & Care ; tonsured stavrophoremonk and founded Novi Kloštar .
The Novi Kloštar Svet Ćelija
(Holy Cell or Hermitage).
An Orthodox Christian monastic house under the the monastic typikon of St. Benedict & St. Romuald; founded on the dual Feast of St Romuald the Hesychast & St. John Maximovitch of San Francisco on 19th of June in the year 1999 according to the traditional Church Calendar. This Hermitage (and its anticipated Monastic Brotherhood) is dedicated to the Western Orthodox Hesychast St. Romuald of Ravenna. The hermitage had been conceived according to the ideal of St Romuald, that being, a disciplined and well ordered communal (cenobitic) monastery with a Hermitage (eremitic) –similar to a Skete in someplaces– while being attached to & located in proximity with the monastery; both together as one community with two separate lifestyles. This Romualdian ideal has yet to be realized due to the lack of funding and real estate (property) on which the monastery/hermitage would be present. We continue to pray and await for the benefactors required to help us obtain land and buildings for this holy purpose. In meantime the founder lives in rented flat with the Oratory of Our Lord “Agios Hesycha” in what is typically the living-room.
The monk-in-charge is using the pseudonym “Romuald” to protect his erimitic life.