Posted on May 10, 2002 in Letters to the Editor Editor: Recently I have spoken to John and Joann Pantanizopoulos who told me the account of how their son was influenced to enter the monastic life. My daughter also, had a monastic spiritual Father Ted Petritis, who lives in Pennsylvania, that guided her for seven years. I had no idea of what this meant until the day she announced she was leaving to enter the monastery in Kenosha, WI. Can you tell me if you know anything about St. John Chrysostom Monastery in Pleasent Prairie and Abbess Melaine. We were stunned and surprised at her sudden decision and the secrecy that went with it. Sincerely, Fanny Pappas
Editor’s Note: St. John Chrysostomos Monastery, under the leadership of Abbess Melanie, is the fourth of 16 Greek Orthodox monasteries founded by the Elder Ephraim in the United States and Canada since 1989. It is listed on the official website of the monasteries, http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org. According to that listing it is located at 4600 93rd Street, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53858 USA, its telephone number is (262) 694-9850, and its fax number is (262) 697-1581. Elder Ephraim and his monasteries are beloved by many who are familiar with them, and feared by many who are not. We refer you to the related stories and related links below for what little information of which we are aware which has been published on the Internet about these monasteries. However, as with other aspects of Orthodox Christianity, the best way to learn about them is not merely to read about them, but to experience them for yourself. Because we periodically receive inquiries about the monasteries of the Elder Ephraim, we would be interested in receiving letters from any of our readers who might have further information about these monasteries that they may wish to share.