Sretensky Monastery Choir

Revival of the Monastery

In 1991, the cathedral in honor of the Meeting of the Vladimir icon of the Mother of God preserved at the Sretensky monastery territory had been returned to the Russian Orthodox Church and was handed over to the community of “Sretenie” of the priest Georgy Kochetkov.

Monastic life was restored and the town house of the monastery of the Holy Dormition Pskov-Caves monastery was founded with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II at the Sretensky monastery in 1994. In 1995 the town house of the monastery was transformed into the Sretensky Stavropeghial male monastery. Heiromonk Tikhon (Shevkunov) was appointed as a Monastic Superior of the monastery.

Bishop Tikhon (Georgy Shevkunov) was born in a family of doctors on July 2, 1958 in Moscow. He graduated the Faculty of Scenario of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in 1982 with the specialty “Literary work”. After graduation he became a novice of the Pskov-Caves monastery.

He worked as freelancer (in status of novice of Pskov-Caves monastery) in the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate headed by Metropolitan of Volokolams and Yuriev Pitirim since August, 1986.

He had been ordained to the office of a hierodeacon in July 1991, in August 1991 – to the hieromonk; he officiated at the Donskoy monastery in Moscow.

In 1993 he was appointed as a head of the Moscow town church  of the Pskov-Caves monastery in which the parish of the Vladmir church of the former Sretensky monastery had been transformed into.

Since 1995 – hegumen. Since July, 1996 – the Abbot of the Sretensky monastery. Since 1997 – Archimandrite. Since 2015 – Bishop.

Rector of the Sretensky Theological Seminary (formerly, since 1999 – Sretensky higher Orthodox school).

Since March 2001 – Chairman of the Agricultural Cooperative “Voskresenie” in the Mikhailovsk district of the Ryazan region.

Author of the movie “Pskov-Caves Tenement”, that was awarded by Grand Prix at the XII International Festival of Orthodox movies and TV shows “Radonezh” (Yaroslavl) in November 2007.

Author of the movie “Death of the Empire. Byzantium lesson”, shown by the “Rossiya” channel on January the 30th, 2008.

Church Awards: 2008 – the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh of  II degree “in consideration of his zealous service and in connection with the 50th anniversary of the birth”; in 2008 – the Order of Grand Prince St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apis of III degree” in consideration of his works in the restoration of unity with the Russian Foreign Orthodox Church”. Secular Awards: in 2003 – a national P.A. Stolypin award «Agrarian Elite of Russia” in the nomination “Effective owner of the land” and a special mark “For Spiritual Revival of the Village”; in 2006 – Award “The Best Books and Publishers of the Year” (2006) “For the publication of religious literature”; in 2007 – the Order of Friendship “For his services in preserving the spiritual and cultural traditions, a great contribution to the development of agriculture”; 2008 – Prize of the newspaper “Izvestia”, “Fame.”

There are more than forty inhabitants live and act at the Sretensky monastery today. Hundreds of parishioners, who found their help in spiritual life in the face of priests of the monastery come to the monastery on the services. The monastery organized catechetical courses, that are attended mostly by people, who recently entered the church life. There are about four hundred people, currently enrolled in a course.

The main shrine of the monastery is the relics of the priest-martyr Hilarion (Troitsky), Saint Patron of the monastery. Relics of St. Mary of Egypt, Sainted Holy Hierarch Nicholas Wonderworker, Sainted Holy Hierarchs John Chrysostom and Basil the Great, St. Seraphim of Sarov, Great Martyr and Healer Pantaleon and other great Saints are also kept in the cathedral.

Sretensky publishing house is one of the largest in Russia. The publishing house issues liturgical, theological, historical, fiction books in all major areas of religious life.

Sretensky monastery repeatedly organized the fund raising of charitable assistance to residents of Chechnya since 1997, and the clergy of the monastery accompanied these humanitarian supplies to the city of Grozny and the regions affected by war.

In autumn 1999, classes at the High Sretensky Orthodox school, which were transformed by the Holy Synod into a higher education institution – Sretensky Theological Seminary in 2000, began.

The Russian Center for the Study of the Shroud of Turin was created at the monastery in1997.

There are also two sketes at the Sretensky Monastery: Seraphim skete and Ilyinsky skete. The first (male), named after St. Seraphim of Sarov, is located in the Ryazan region, on the site of the Red manor, restored by the skete. There is an Agricultural Cooperative “Sretenie” not far from the monastery in the village of Slobodka, which was revived from a complete ruin and desolation by the brotherhood of the Sretensky monastery. The monastery took the lead in an orphanage in the same Ryazan region, in the town of Mikhailov, a priest, a graduate of the Sretensky Seminary, had become its headmaster.

The second skete is located in the village Verzilov, district of Stupino, Moscow region. It’s a small female monastery founded in the late 1990s – early 2000s, the number of nuns is small.