KINOVIA

Monastery, Moscow patriarchate, eparchy of Kaluga region, Russia

Mr. James Hogan’s sorrows and joys

Posted by kinovia on October 15, 2013

Печали и радости Джеймса Хогана
This September our Convent was visited by English guests.  The purpose of the visit turned out to be very unusual –  our dear guests would like to check and confirm that there’s really Convent in Russia that gives shelter to abandoned cats.  Mr. James Hogan- Head of the Mayhew Animal Home and Ministry of Culture employee initiated the visit. This incredible man was born in out-of-the way Irish village 68 years ago.  He was growing up in the atmosphere of love and understanding, his mother was involved in charity and animal protection. So mr. Hogan animal rights activity is devoted to his Mom. Read the rest of this entry »

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ANIMAL BLESSING

Posted by kinovia on November 8, 2012

Благословение животных

Londoner James Hogan works to provide charitable assistance for homeless animals. By the grace of God he has helped our convent and our cats. Although not homeless, our charges always need food and medicine, as already described on this site. Read the rest of this entry »

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You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed

Posted by kinovia on November 9, 2010

Feeding a kitten named Hercules

Feeding a kitten named Hercules

A gloomy October day towards evening. It was raining. A car stopped by the church and a man and woman got out holding a kitten. They looked around and hesitated when they saw the sign telling people not to abandon kittens, that it was a sin.

An elderly nun who witnessed the situation sighed, turned away from them, and a new arrival was added to our cat pride. Our foundling was washed, dried and named Rosa. The skinny, miserable creature turned into a lovely cat. To tell you the truth, this happens over and over again, but there was a most unexpected outcome on this occasion. Read the rest of this entry »

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About Сats

Posted by kinovia on October 30, 2007

Treating cats

Treating cats

I began to love cats since I am here, in the monastery. I would like that all cats, as well as dogs are well fed, healthy and loved by everybody. It gives me much pain to see hungry, freezing cats, with marks of injuries, waiting for mercy from us. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE “LOMOVSKAYA” ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

Posted by kinovia on August 17, 2007

Lomovskaya icon of the Mother of God

Lomovskaya icon of the Mother of God

(the celebration takes place on 12/25 of June)

According to the legend The “Lomovskaya” Icon of the Mother of God was found in the waters of the Ugra river. The broken up parts of the image, not fastened, were making their way in the waters together and that explains its name. From the old times the icon is widely venerated both in the Kaluga’s lands and far from these places due to a lot of miracles and cures. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Monastery’s History

Posted by kinovia on August 6, 2007

abess Feofila

abess Feofila

On April 3, 1993 five nuns from Maloyaroslavetz’s Women’s Monastery came to Baryatino village; the first idea was to organize a small agricultural community. However, it appeared practicable to set up an independent new community and on December 26, 1995 Holy Synod blessed to set up the monastery in Honor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of God (Bogorodichno-Rozhdestvenskaya devichya pustyn) in Baryatino of Kaluga’s region and appointed nun Feofila (Lepeshinskaya) as Abbess; later she was granted the title of  Mother Superior (Hegumeness). Read the rest of this entry »

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THE Church in honor of the Nativity of Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, in Baryatino

Posted by kinovia on July 14, 2007

Church in honor of the Nativity of Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, in Baryatino

Church 2009

Our church was built in the 18th century on the means of  a landowning lady Anna Poznyakova. The note on the northern wall inside the church says: “A general-mayor’s  widow Anna  Poznyakova whose ash is under this stone,  having got a seventh part  of the husband’s  income, has finished the construction of the church and  sanctified this church in honor of  the Nativity of Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, and after her death has inherited this village to her dear brother, State Councellor Matvey Olsufiev” . There is a note saying the year of sanctification of the church in the book of count de Roshefer – ”The List of Kaluga’s Church Monuments”,  page 32. The book was published in St. Petersburg, 1882. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Fire

Posted by kinovia on May 7, 2007

the fire

the fire

May 4th , 2007 our monastery had to overcome a great ordeal : during the evening worship a fire which started all of a sudden, completely destroyed the two-stored building with the nuns’ cells, the kitchen, the refectory, the library, the sewing and icon workshops and the winter garden . It was impossible to find out the reason of the ignition as it started at the upper floor where there was nobody at that time. One of the sisters returning to the building from the cow-shed saw the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

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