Events at New Skete

Open House

June 2, 2018
Annual Open House in conjunction with the Cambridge Valley Ballon Festival 


August 11, 2018

Annual Summer Festival including guest speaker, guided hike, tours, festival food, and more

Blessing of the Animals

September 30, 2017
All and the animals they love are welcome!
Annual celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis

Fall and Lenten Retreats

Fall Retreat - October 07, 2017
Program group retreat, includes lunch, materials, and 3 conferences.

Art of Living with Your Dog

Dates to be determined
Join the Monks of New Skete as they share their philosophy on living with dogs.


December 03, 2017

Free Concert, Donations Welcome
St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble

Open House

June 02, 2018

Annual Open House
tour of Holy Wisdom Church
Nuns' Cheesecake Bakery tour
Dog Training Demonstration

Chapel Community Bake

Delicious baked goods baked by members of the chapel community.  Plants and fresh cut flowers.  Slices of the Nuns' of New Skete Cheesecake.

Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival

After the Open House, the Chapel Community move to the Village of Cambridge to take part in the "Taste of Cambridge" block party.  Slices of the Nuns' of New Skete Cheesecake are available.


August 11, 2018

We invite you to be a part of the celebration at the Annual New Skete Pilgrimage.

Tour of Holy Wisdom Temple
Talk on Monastic Life at New Skete
Guest Speaker
Guided Hike
Iconography Demonstration

Festival Food

Greek and Lebanese food available for purchase.  Chapel Community Bake Sale.  Slices of the Nuns of New Skete Cheesecake for purchase.


AM Festal Matins
Divine Liturgy
PM Vigil with Healing Service

Blessing of the Animals

September 30, 2017

In Celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis.

Arrival begins at 2:00 PM, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the grounds, have a photo taken with one of the brothers and learn about New Skete.  Blessing of the Animals Service is at 3:30 PM.  Light refreshments of the season to follow. 

All and the animals they love are welcome!

All animals must be on a leash or in a secure pen at all times for the safety of participants and other animals.When not able to bring an animal, bring a photo of the animal or an endangered species in the wild. 

2017 Animal Blessing Program 

Your gift in honor of, or in memory of your favorite furry friend or other loved one.

2017 Fall Retreat

October 07, 2017

Silence and Engagement

Silence: disengaging from my busy mind and engaging my "heart consciousness" of who I truly am.

During the retreat:

  • We challenge overstimulation and scatteredness in our daily lives.
  • I make a personal inventory: where am I now? 
  • We cultivate honesty with ourselves and awareness of our resistance to change. 
  • We become aware of our Inner Light, of Christ within, who leads us to see ourselves with new clarity, to desire change, and to be willing to change.  The Lord says: “when you seek me with all your heart …  I will let you find me.” (cf Jeremiah 29:13, 14)
  • We trust our souls to Grace.
  • I adopt a personal spiritual framework.

Fall Retreat Schedule

8:00 Matins

9:00 am Registration & Breakfast

9:45 am Welcome & Preview of the Day

10:00 am Morning Session w/ Sister Rebecca

12:00 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Tersext

1:45 pm Afternoon Session w/Brother Stavros

3:15 pm Afternoon Session w/ Brother Christopher

5:00 pm Vespers w/ healing service

Pre-registration Required by September 29

Full Day - $40 per person

Companions of New Skete/Chapel Community - $25 per person

Student/Limited Income - $20 per person

Contact: Ida Williams, Director of Marketing and Communications

518-677-3928 ext. 215 or 


December 03, 2017

Free Concert - Donations Welcome
St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble, Russia

2:00 pm

All are welcome to join us for an  afternoon of  Russian sacred music, starting from ancient songs of the Orthodox Church to works of little-known, but remarkable composers of the XVIII-XX centuries, as well as famous masters - D. Bortnjansky, P. Tchaikovsky, P. Tchesnokov, A. Gretchaninov, S. Rachmaninov, I. Stravinsky and others.