There are two Athonite monasteries in Canada founded by Father Ephraim, among the nearly two dozen he has organized in the last 20 years in North America. One of these is on the outskirts of the town of Brownsburg about an hour North of Montreal. It’s an all-female monastery and includes a cheese-making factory, chicken operation, candleworks, and other traditional monastic commercial pursuits that enable self-sufficiency.
Mr Italo and I visited the monastery today on a photographic excursion, and were befriended by the senior nun who had assisted us in the monastery shop with our voluminous purchases of cheeses, biscuits, candles, books, etc. She volunteered to give us a personal tour of the large site that includes about a dozen buildings as well as an excavation site for a major expansion of the monastery currently underway. Just a few pictures with the Leica M8.2.
Reception building and gift shop
Candles drying in the candleworks
Logs and chains
Mr. Italo added the following picture today, May 24th.