Monastery of Saint Dionysios the Areopagite

Hamlet of Saint James 
Long Island, NY

A monastic community
under the Omophorion of Metropolitan Hilarion,
First-Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.

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About Us

The Monastery of Saint Dionysios the Areopagite is a monastic institution of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, located in Saint James, New York. His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of ROCOR, is the ruling Bishop, under whose Omophorion the Monastery serves. The Monastery consists of the Abbot, Archimandrite Maximos (Weimar), and the clergy and monastics under his direction.

Metropolitan Hilarion Blessing
The Brotherhood of Saint Dionysios with Metropolitan Hilarion after his blessing of the new monastery.
Saint Dionysios Converting Pagan Philosphers
Dionysius the Areopagite Converting the Pagan Philosophers, by Antoine Carone, 1570. Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Our Patron

Saint Dionysios the Areopagite is famed for his conversion by St. Paul recorded in the book of Acts, Chapter 17, when St. Paul preaches on Mars Hill (in Greek, the Areopagus). St. Dionysios later became bishop of Athens, after his mentor, St. Hierotheos of Athens.

The Dionysian corpus of writings has been of paramount importance in the life of the Orthodox Church and in the writings of the Holy Fathers.

His writings recount the Dormition of the Theotokos, give us the teaching of apophatic theology, and of the celestial and ecclesiastical hierarchies. May our heavenly protector St. Dionysios protect and guide us in this new location and new home!

Service Schedule

Check back regularly for updates on weekday feasts.


7:00 PM – Vespers

Tuesday – Friday

8:00 AM – Matins
7:00 PM – Vespers


8:00 AM – Matins
9:00 AM – Liturgy
7:00 PM – Great Vespers


9:00 AM – Matins
10:00 AM – Liturgy

From the Blog

Monk Cornelius Reposes in the Lord

On Tuesday, October 30, Monk Cornelius (Mattei) of the Monastery of Saint Dionysios the Areopagite in Saint James, NY, reposed in the Lord. He was 68 years old. Fr. Cornelius was born Raúl Antonio Mattei, the

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