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On 20 January, 2014, the Hieromonk Cassian (Marek) [https://www.archdiocese.ca/articles/joyful-synaxis-hermitage-holy-annunciation-watford-ns served the Divine Liturgy] for the first time (in the presence of Bishop Irénée (Rochon)) in the monastery chapel.
 
On 20 January, 2014, the Hieromonk Cassian (Marek) [https://www.archdiocese.ca/articles/joyful-synaxis-hermitage-holy-annunciation-watford-ns served the Divine Liturgy] for the first time (in the presence of Bishop Irénée (Rochon)) in the monastery chapel.
  
On 21 May, 2015, [https://www.archdiocese.ca/articles/holy-ascension-hermitage-annunciation Archbishop Irénée visited the Hermitage] on the Feast of the [https://orthodoxwiki.org/Ascension Holy Ascension].  He was accompanied by [https://oca.org/clergy/Nazari-Polataiko/ Archpriest Nazari Polataiko] and [https://www.archdiocese.ca/clergy/svetlovsky-deacon-nicolas-p Deacon Nicholas Svetlosvky].  The Hermitage received the icons of Christ and of the Mother of God written by Archpriest Nazari.  The new icons were blessed by Archbishop Irénée.  
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On 21 May, 2015, [https://www.archdiocese.ca/articles/holy-ascension-hermitage-annunciation Archbishop Irénée visited the Hermitage] on the Feast of the [https://orthodoxwiki.org/Ascension Holy Ascension].  He was accompanied by [https://oca.org/clergy/Nazari-Polataiko/ Archpriest Nazari Polataiko] and [https://www.archdiocese.ca/clergy/svetlovsky-deacon-nicolas-p Deacon Nicholas Svetlovsky].  The Hermitage received the icons of Christ and of the Mother of God written by Archpriest Nazari.  The new icons were blessed by Archbishop Irénée.  
  
 
On 20 January, 2016, the abbot, Igumen Roman (Bonnel) was tonsured to the Great Schema by [[Archbishop Irénée (Rochon)]], and he was given the name Luc (Luke).   
 
On 20 January, 2016, the abbot, Igumen Roman (Bonnel) was tonsured to the Great Schema by [[Archbishop Irénée (Rochon)]], and he was given the name Luc (Luke).   
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[https://lessonsfromamonastery.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/orthodoxy-in-atlantic-canada-part-three-nova-scotia/ Article about the monastery in "Lessons from a Monastery"]
 
[https://lessonsfromamonastery.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/orthodoxy-in-atlantic-canada-part-three-nova-scotia/ Article about the monastery in "Lessons from a Monastery"]
  
[http://archbishop-of-ottawa.org/oanadian-orthodox-messenger/Com2004-2.15-2.pdf 'OCA presence in Nova Scotia : a mission and a hermitage' in "Canadian Orthodox Messenger" (Spring, 2004)], p. 6.
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[http://archbishop-of-ottawa.org/messenger/Com2004-2.15-2.pdf 'OCA presence in Nova Scotia : a mission and a hermitage' in "Canadian Orthodox Messenger" (Spring, 2004)], p. 6.
  
[http://archbishop-of-ottawa.org/oanadian-orthodox-messenger/Com2008-3.19-3.pdf 'Antiochian pilgrims experience OCA Annunciation Hermitage' in "COM" (Summer, 2008)], pp. 7-8.  
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[http://archbishop-of-ottawa.org/messenger/Com2008-3.19-3.pdf 'Antiochian pilgrims experience OCA Annunciation Hermitage' in "COM" (Summer, 2008)], pp. 7-8.  
  
 
[https://www.archdiocese.ca/articles/dr-alexander-treiger-ordained-holy-diaconate-hiero-deacon-cassian-ordained-holy-priesthood “Dr Alexander Treiger ordained to the Holy Diaconate; Hiero-deacon Cassian ordained to the Holy Priesthood”] Archdiocese news 19 January, 2014.
 
[https://www.archdiocese.ca/articles/dr-alexander-treiger-ordained-holy-diaconate-hiero-deacon-cassian-ordained-holy-priesthood “Dr Alexander Treiger ordained to the Holy Diaconate; Hiero-deacon Cassian ordained to the Holy Priesthood”] Archdiocese news 19 January, 2014.

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Watford, NS, Hermitage of the Annunciation, 1999, 2003

Watford, NS, Monastic Chapel of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, 1999


The community began in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1995, under the leadership of the Hieromonk Roman (Bonnel) in a house in the city of Halifax. It was a dependency of the Communauté monastique de St-Séraphim de Sarov (Québec). The monastic chapel, which was also established, was included within the limited space available at the time.

On 22 February, 2001, the monk-subdeacon Roman (Bonnel) was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in the Monastic Chapel of Saint Sergius of Radonezh in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was attached to the Communauté Monastique de Saint-Séraphim de Sarov in Rawdon, Québec, which supervised the development of the Halifax community.

In 2002, Basil Marek entered the community, and he was later tonsured into the lesser schema with the name Cassian.

In 2003, a property became available near New Germany, which is in Lunenburg County. There, the existing house and barn were supplemented by the construction of the Chapel of Saint Sergius. Since 2010, the hermitage has been an independent entity.

On 11 January, 2004, the Hierodeacon Roman (Bonnel) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Saint Vladimir's Mission in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was attached to the Communauté Monastique de Saint-Séraphim de Sarov in Rawdon, Québec, while he continued to live in Nova Scotia, in the newly-acquired monastic site near Watford, New Germany.

On 1 September, 2010, the Hieromonk Roman (Bonnel) was released from his attachment to the Communauté Monastique de Saint-Séraphim de Sarov in Rawdon, Québec, and he was assigned to serve as the Superior of the Hermitage of the Annunciation in New Germany, Nova Scotia.

On 10 May, 2012, the Hieromonk Roman (Bonnel) was elevated to the dignity of Igumen (Higoumène).

On 19 January, 2014, the Hierodeacon Cassian (Marek) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Irénée (Rochon) at Saint Vladimir's Mission in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

On 20 January, 2014, the Hieromonk Cassian (Marek) served the Divine Liturgy for the first time (in the presence of Bishop Irénée (Rochon)) in the monastery chapel.

On 21 May, 2015, Archbishop Irénée visited the Hermitage on the Feast of the Holy Ascension. He was accompanied by Archpriest Nazari Polataiko and Deacon Nicholas Svetlovsky. The Hermitage received the icons of Christ and of the Mother of God written by Archpriest Nazari. The new icons were blessed by Archbishop Irénée.

On 20 January, 2016, the abbot, Igumen Roman (Bonnel) was tonsured to the Great Schema by Archbishop Irénée (Rochon), and he was given the name Luc (Luke).


Chapel Hermitage NS.JPG Saint Sergius Chapel


The monastic community received notice that the chapel was required to conform to local by-laws. As a result, it was required to construct a physical connexion between the chapel and the main monastic building. This was undertaken quickly with the help of various supporters.

The Hermitage is located on 106 acres of ancient Acadian forest, overlooking the LaHave River Valley, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, at 80 minutes drive from Halifax.


This community follows the Old (Julian) Calendar.

The monastery's patronal Feast-day is the Feast of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, 7 April/25 March.

The Altar Feast-day of the chapel is the Feast of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, 8 October/25 September.

In 2017, the abbot of the hermitage is the Sche-Igumen Luc (Bonnel). The second priest is the Hieromonk Cassian (Marek).


Address :

Hermitage of the Annunciation

172, Goose Chase Road

New Germany, Nova Scotia

B0R 1E0

Telephone : (902) 644-1388


Directions :

The monastery is located near New Germany, Nova Scotia.

From Halifax :

Take Highway 103 west from Halifax. Take exit 12 north onto Highway 10 towards New Germany. Drive for 20.8 km to a building supplies store on the right. Just before that store, turn right on Goose Chase Road (an unpaved road). Drive for 900 m on Goose Chase Road, to reach the driveway to the hermitage on the right, at #172. There is a sign. Turn right into the driveway, and drive carefully on the pathway for about 370 m to the hermitage parking area.

The duration of the trip from Halifax is about 1 hr and 25 min, driving slightly below the speed limits. The distance from Halifax is about 122 km.

From the Valley :

Take Highway #10 towards New Germany and Bridgewater. After passing New Germany, turn left just after a building supplies store, onto Goose Chase Road (Watford). Drive for 900 m on the unpaved Goose Chase Road, to reach the driveway to the hermitage on the right, at #172. There is a sign. Turn right into the driveway, and drive carefully on the pathway for about 370 m to the hermitage parking area.

The hermitage is about 68 km from Middleton.


Mailing address :

Hermitage of the Annunciation

Box 155

New Germany, Nova Scotia

B0R 1E0

Web-site


References :

Archdiocese listing

OCA listing


Additional information :

Video and article about the monastery at "Orthodox Chritianity

Article about the monastery in "Lessons from a Monastery"

'OCA presence in Nova Scotia : a mission and a hermitage' in "Canadian Orthodox Messenger" (Spring, 2004), p. 6.

'Antiochian pilgrims experience OCA Annunciation Hermitage' in "COM" (Summer, 2008), pp. 7-8.

“Dr Alexander Treiger ordained to the Holy Diaconate; Hiero-deacon Cassian ordained to the Holy Priesthood” Archdiocese news 19 January, 2014.

“Liturgy served by Fr Cassian at the Hermitage of the Annunciation”, 20 January, 2014.

Archbishop Irenee visited the Hermitage on the Feast of the Holy Ascension on 21 May, 2015.