The Coptic Monastery of Saint Shenouda provides a place where one can fulfill a life of consecration to the Lord for Christian education and community service. While having a fixed prayer schedule alongside personal prayer in their private cell like all monastic communities, each member of this community additionally dedicates their time and energy for their own personal academic studies as well as teaching and serving the community. H.H. Pope Shenouda III, of blessed memory, who laid the cornerstone for this monastery in 2004, blessed this vision and initiative, and H.H. Pope Tawadros II further commissioned the monastery to be a Coptic Orthodox Institute for theological studies. In 2007, with the purchase of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, God also opened a door for us to be involved in community service in the city of Rochester.MORE ABOUT US
Friday Divine Liturgy
8:00 to 10:30 AM
Second Sunday of every month is prayed at Ss. Peter and Paul
7:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturday Vespers Raising of Incense
7:00 to 7:30 PM
Followed by Midnight Prayers & Praises
Sunday Divine Liturgy
8:00 to 11:30 AM
A weekly lecture series discussing dogmatic theology and Coptic Orthodox Christian studies.
Online Zoom Meeting
Wednesdays - 7:30 to 9:00 PM
St. Shenouda’s title as documented by his disciple, Abba Wisa, is: “Our holy father, the prophet, Abba Shenouda, the presbyter and archimandrite.” St. Shenouda was born to devout Christian parents, circa 348 AD, in a village called, at the time, Shenalolet (in the area of present day Akhmim in Upper Egypt). At the age of seven years, he was trained as a shepherd and worked with his father. Due to his Christian upbringing and inclination for the ascetic life, he would give his food to the other shepherds and spend a good portion of the night in prayer and contemplation after completing his work. In fact, one of the shepherds saw St. Shenouda’s fingers luminous as candles while praying.
St. Mark, one of the four evangelists, was one of the seventy two apostles sent by our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 10) and is the founder of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He is the first of an unbroken succession of 117 patriarchs, H.H. Pope Shenouda III being the current Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. St. Mark was an African native born of Jewish parents. His family lived in Cyrene (one of the Five Western Cities, Pentapolis, in present day Libya) until they were attacked by barbarians and lost their property. Consequently, they moved to Jerusalem with their child John Mark (Acts 12:12; 25; 15:37). He was given a good education and became conversant in both Greek and Latin in addition to Hebrew. His family was highly religious and in close relationship with the Lord Jesus.