Western American Diocese
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Western American Diocese
Summer Youth Volunteer Workweek at St. Silouan’s Monastery, Sonora, CA

With the blessing of the Abbot of St. Silouan’s Monastery in Sonora, CA, His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento and under the auspices of the Youth Committee of the Western American Diocese, chaired by Archpriest Boris Henderson, a volunteer youth workweek is being organized at the monastery from July 2 to July 8, 2017.

Work will include reclamation of monastery trails and the creek bed, cutting of a virgin trail, building many boxes for raised garden beds, painting the gables on monastic cells, and more.

Making raised garden beds
Making raised garden beds
Making raised garden beds
Reclaiming trails
Reclaiming trails
Reclaiming trails
Painting the gables
Painting the gables
Painting the gables

Do you have construction or other professional skills? Depending on the abilities of the volunteers, there will be more ambitious projects like the construction of a monastic cell, cutting and milling a large fallen tree, and the repairing of an 1 ½ feet diameter fresh water pipe.

Monastic cell and raised garden beds
Monastic cell and raised garden beds
Monastic cell and raised garden beds
Ground soaked by water seeping from pipe
Ground soaked by water seeping from pipe
Ground soaked by water seeping from pipe
Large fresh-water pipe leaking onto the monastery
Large fresh-water pipe leaking onto the monastery
Large fresh-water pipe leaking onto the monastery

The days will begin and end with prayer with the brethren of the monastery. Spiritual discussions are scheduled for the evenings and there will be time for recreation and sightseeing during the week.

Where? Saint Silouan’s Monastery, 21285 Old Sonora Columbia Road, Sonora, CA 95370-8807.

When? Sunday July 2 to Saturday July 8, 2017.

Who may participate? Willing workers aged 16 years and older who have the blessing and recommendation of their parish priest or spiritual father. 

Cost? $125.00/person to offset food and transportation (if need is demonstrated, price is negotiable).

Contact: Reverend Paul Volmensky at wadiocesesocial@gmail.com for registration details, etc. Space is limited.

Refuse to be cleared from the entry of this beautiful drift mine. A Cool Task!
Refuse to be cleared from the entry of this beautiful drift mine. A Cool Task!
Refuse to be cleared from the entry of this beautiful drift mine. A Cool Task!

SCHEDULE:

Sunday July 2: Arrival at the Monastery by early evening.

Monday July 3: Workday.

Tuesday July 4: Morning, light work projects; afternoon, trip to Historical Columbia for Independence Day celebrations; evening, Fireworks.

Wednesday July 5: Workday.

Thursday July 6: Workday.

Friday July 7: Midnight Liturgy in honor of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist; rest, and then daytrip to Yosemite National Forest; evening, campfire.

Saturday July 8: Close of camp.

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