“Piety, piety, but where is the love that moves mountains?” Mother Maria Skobtsova
The horrendous violence, indifference and tragedies that continue to occur in this world can make us feel helpless, worn down and question our faith, mankind and our own purpose. After all, the majority of us will not invent the cure for a deadly disease; we won’t single handedly solve racial relations, eradicate homelessness, eliminate pollution, abolish loneliness or bring peace to the entire world anytime soon.
The people of Ukraine live in their faith perhaps more than most in this world. How do they continue to hold on to their strong belief in Christ as their country and future continues to be in grave danger? During this unimaginable suffering and loss some may believe they are being tested. “For all their loyalty God’s still letting this horror happen.” Or perhaps they question, “God, why us?” Yet might they be drawing strength from their faith, confident that God has allowed this devastation as part of their journey to ultimately create a better world? There is no doubt that through this tragedy Christ is working through many people to make a difference in the many lives all over the world.
“... give from the heart since each person is the very icon of God incarnate in the world.” -Mother Maria Skobtsova
We are all connected and we don’t need to look far to make a world of difference- or a difference in the world. Imagine; we put forth our own best humanitarian efforts in all the ways we are able. Holding a door, giving a smile, sharing kind words, your time, a meal, talents or resources, can cause a ripple of kindness you may never know of. Even the moments you pause to hold judgement on others demonstrates grace which influence others.
“If now we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten how to see God in one another.” -Mother Teresa
Christ is Risen! Truly Risen!
We ask, with a heart full of hope and wishes for peace in our world, please consider making a gift to New Skete at this time. It could be in celebration of Pascha or other religious observances or in Honor or Memory of loved ones, friends or causes. Please go to
to make a secure, online donation. In addition, we continue to welcome your requests for prayers. Please know we are praying with and for you, always.
In Christ's love,
Brother Christopher, Prior Monks of New Skete
Sister Cecelia, Prioress Nuns of New Skete
Monetary donations are the simplest way to support New Skete and can be used immediately for our current needs. Gifts may be made by personal check, cashier's check, money order, cash (not recommended by mail) or click on the Donate button below to quickly and safely donate with your credit card. We are a 501[c3] organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Some individuals choose to make the monastics recipients of part of their tithes on a regular basis, either weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually. All gifts are promptly acknowledged and you may choose to remain anonymous with your contribution.
Checks may be mailed to:
New Skete Monasteries
PO Box 128
Cambridge, NY 12816
Nuns of New Skete
343 Ashgrove Rd
Cambridge, NY 12816
518-677-3928 ext 214
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A gift to New Skete is a wonderful way to honor a loved one on a special occasion or to memorialize a loved one as a celebration of their life. A card notifying the honored or the family of the deceased will be sent upon receipt of your memory/honor gift. The amount of your gift will not be disclosed.
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Please remember us when making or revising your will. Your generosity means leaving a lasting legacy with New Skete. Often, a bequest can be arranged with a simple legal amendment to your existing will. Your attorney can help with specific wording that reflects your desires.
Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds may be transferred to New Skete Monasteries. Check with your financial advisors [attorney, accountant, etc.] to learn more about the tax advantages for you and your family.
Life insurance policies, whether paid up or by naming New Skete as beneficiary on a new policy, may be donated. Check with your financial advisor for tax advantages.
Naming New Skete as a beneficiary of a portion of your retirement assets [IRA’s, 401K’s, etc.] isanother wonderful way to provide support for us and our future. Donating retirement assets may provide tax benefits, such as avoiding estate and income taxes that might otherwise be due if the assets were left to your heirs.
A charitable remainder trust is a special tax-exempt entity and irrevocable. Charitable remainder trusts are an arrangement in which cash, appreciated securities or real estate are donated to us, but the donor (also called the grantor) continues to use the property and/or receive income from it while living. The beneficiaries receive the income and we receive the principal after a specified period of time. The donor avoids any capital gains tax on the donated assets, and also receives an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the remainder interest that the trust earned. In addition, the asset is removed from the estate, reducing subsequent estate taxes.
Upon termination of a charitable remainder trust, the remaining assets support New Skete.
*As with any estate planning decision, consult your legal, financial and tax advisors for advice and information on applicable state and federal laws.
New Skete Monasteries invite your support and participation in our ministries. We seek creative ways to share our lives with others and help to insure the future of our monastic community. You are always welcome
to join with us in:
~ Liturgical services:
~ Pre-sanctified Liturgy followed by soup meal on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent; morning Matins, evening Vespers, Saturday evening Vigil, Sunday morning Divine Liturgy followed by coffee hour; special Feast Day services throughout the year
~ Group, Individual Directed or Private Retreat
~ Open House / Cambridge Balloon Festival in June
~ Annual Pilgrimage at the Feast of Transfiguration in August
~ Mission Sunday meal on Palm Sunday evening
There are many ways to share in our lives; donations of your time, skills or talent or by helping us with various chores at the monasteries, is a gift we truly appreciate. We especially need help with cleaning and maintenance of the Holy Wisdom Church, as well as Spring and Fall clean-up of our grounds and gardens.
For more information on volunteering at New Skete Monasteries please email email@example.com
Support New Skete by telling others about our community and invite your friends and family to visit our monasteries, sample our hospitality and share in our life and mission
Please contact New Skete Director of Advancement and Stewardship, Karen Gladstone at 518-677-3928 x214 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions regarding ways to support New Skete.
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