8th Annual Sacred Arts Festival and Open House
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8th Annual Sacred Arts Festival and Open House

We were blessed by your prayers for our 8th Annual Sacred Arts Festival and Open House on June 21 and 22, 2008 and it was a wonderful festival indeed; (See pictures below). Even with the recent Midwestern states' flood problems and rising prices for travel, people came to be with us and hear the presentations and tours, and worship with us in St. Nicholas Church.


We have recorded the presentations, and soon they will be added and available to hear at our website.  Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we continue to pray for you.

Some Highlights from the Sacred Arts Festival & Open House


                     St. Nicholas Church                                       Front valley                      






The start of the presentations / Father Simeon provides the introduction

Fr. Simeon introducing Youth Panel of guest speakers






 Anna Simons starts the youth presentations - followed by Catherine Simons

Third presenter was Jacob Ruegemer - followed by Gregory Walsh

An attentive audience listens



St. Isaac's Icon Studio

     Two of the Iconographers from St. Isaac's Icon Studio 
demonstrate icon writing at the Festival
                         Left - Brendan Kulp                            Right - Ephraim Rama                  


 Guided Tours

            St. Nicholas Church                                         Back valley

                 Common Monastic Building                    


 Monks and Clergy at Festival

Mother Elizabeth in front of Convent

                  Father Anthony                                             Father Gregory

                   Father Raphael and Father Thomas                     


 Divine Liturgy Concelebration

                     In St. Nicholas Church                        Fr. Anthony gives musical direction



 Visitors Enjoying

   Enjoying food and drink  /  Andrew Simons with daughters Catherine and Anna                      




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