What a long, strange year it has been. Certainly, we could not have imagined the breadth of experiences and challenges put before us since Pascha 2020. It is also doubtful we could have anticipated the unique
journey each of us have been on and what unexpected gifts we may have received.
The COVID pandemic, racial conflict, social and political unrest and economic uncertainty along with devastating natural disasters, have forever affected how we look at the world and our place in it. For over a year we’ve had the opportunity to hone our skills as we observe, learn and experience hurdles this world faces. For most, the turmoil has challenged our norm, compelled us to explore and sometimes amend what we thought we knew. It stretched our ability to look inward, to sympathize with others, endure, take action, forgive, love and hope.
As we embrace Spring, as the Lenten season leads us to Pascha, the future seems brighter. Is that light we see at the end of the tunnel? COVID cases are inching downward and the development and distribution of the vaccine is on the rise. Yes! We can slowly exhale that breath that we’ve been
holding. We can finally start to venture out of our cocoon of safety into the arms of loved ones and our community.
But it won’t be the same. How could it be? Why would we want it to be?
There is no better time than now for us to take the extraordinary gifts we’ve collected and apply them to our new reality. The appreciation for family, friends, neighbors and even strangers is something that we will no longer take for granted A handshake, a hug, a smile and so much more. We are all connected. The actions of one, ripples and reaches us all.
Christ is Risen! Truly Risen!
In celebration of Pascha or other religious observances, in memory or in honor of loved ones, friends and causes, as always, we welcome you to send us your requests for prayers. Let us lighten your burden
by knowing we are praying with and for you. We are here for you.
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
518-677-3810 ext 111
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Often times our donors prefer to support us by donating tangible items. Please contact us
concerning our policy of accepting in-kind gifts.
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.
To make a memory/honor gift, please include:
• The name of the person being honored or memorialized.
• The contact information for the person to whom you would like a notification to be sent.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com should you have any questions regarding ways to support New Skete.