The Brotherhood of the All-Merciful Saviour was established in 1986 by Archimandrite Dimitry (Egoroff) of blessed memory. The Monastery is under the omophore of The Rt. Rev. Bishop Theodosy of Seattle, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The Very Rev. Igumen Tryphon is the abbot of the monastery.
The Monastery is located on scenic Vashon Island in the central Puget Sound, near Seattle, Washington. About a twenty minute ferry ride from West Seattle and 15 minute ferry ride from Tacoma, Vashon is only accessible by boat. The Island is heavily forested, and, although it is in a major metropolitan region, it retains rural. About 85% of the island is undeveloped forest.
The Monastery is actually on Maury Island, connected by a thin body of land at Quartermaster Harbor, and collectively referred to as Vashon Island. Just south of the small village of Dockton, the Monastery is on a hill surrounded by a forest of large fir, hemlock and madrona trees.
The monks came to the Island in 1988 and rented a small farm house near the current location for a number of years. Through the generosity of Islanders John and Georgia Ratzenberger, who gave them five acres of land, the monks were able to begin building a permanent presence on the Island. The monks were eventually able to acquire the neighboring eleven acres. The present sixteen acres is surrounded on two sides by a forty acre water shed.
Through God’s mercy and the generosity and hard work of Islanders and Orthodox Christians across the country, the monastic community has constructed a small chapel dedicated to St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, a katholikon (main temple) dedicated to the Holy Protection of the Theotokos, seven monastic cells, the Metropolitan Laurus Memorial Library, Way of a Pilgrim Gift Shop and Bookstore, and the Trapeza (dining hall and kitchen).
The brotherhood welcomes visitors but requests pilgrims call before taking the ferry. As a contemplative community, we try to preserve our solitude, while also welcoming visitors to share in the services and the beauty of the monastic grounds.
Donations toward the support of the monastery, are gratefully received. You may do so by using your credit card, or by mailing a contribution directly to the monastery.
To God be glory and honor and praise, unto the ages of ages. Amen.
On Sunday the 2nd of October, 2016, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western American and His Grace THEODOSY Bishop of Seattle made a pastoral visit to the All-Merciful Savior Monastery on Vashon Island, WA, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary its founding.
Originating in the Fall of 1986, the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery is situated on 16 acres in the heart of a forest on the island, which is located a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle in the Puget Sound of the Salish Sea.
Currently there are three professed monks and two novices who lead a disciplined monastic life performing various obediences ranging from labors in the monastery's two organic gardens, to tending to the bee hives and the grape vines; not to mention the mundane daily chores that keep every household moving. In addition, the monastery operates a bookstore with a gift shop and it also produces award winning coffee called “Monastery Blend.”
The superior of the monastery, Abbot Tryphon, has a daily blog entitled The Morning Offering, which has a worldwide readership of thousands. Ancient Faith Radio sponsors the blog and has even published Father Tryphon’s book by the same title, The Morning Offering, which has become one of the publisher's best sellers.
The Monastery receives hundreds of visitors every month, and is undertaking a fund-raising drive to construct a large guest-house, and a bell tower. An average of twenty people attend the Sunday Liturgy.
Each day begins with the Midnight Office and Matins at 6 am. Vespers is held at 5:30 pm. On Sundays and Holy Days, the Divine Liturgy begins at 9 am.
On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the monastery Archbishop Kyrill awarded Abbot Tryphon with the dignity of wearing the jeweled pectoral cross and handed him the Abbatial Staff, while his co-founder, Hieromonk Paul, was awarded by His Eminence the dignity of wearing the gold pectoral cross.