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Life of Prayer and Repentance

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The Convent

ornament1By the grace of God and prayers of our beloved Abbot, His Grace Bishop Youssef, St. Mary Convent established its first branch and officially opened its doors in Daytona, Florida in 2006 welcoming consecrated sisters from Egypt.

St. Mary Retreat House

ornament1Individuals who are looking to escape the worries and cares of the world and to spend quiet time in prayer and reflection with our Lord Jesus Christ, may come on a spiritual retreat at the convent.

Coptic Monasticism

ornament1Coptic Monasticism’s strong and beautiful history carries with it a stream of Saints whose lives attest to a profound love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

H.G. Bishop Youssef

ornament1Leaving the world behind and following the calling in his heart, our beloved father joined the Syrian Monastery in the Nitrian Desert in 1986.

Words of Wisdom

Mother Theodora

Inner Life

"Dear beloved, strive to make the inner person a monastic, not just the outer one."
Mother Syncletica

Chastity, Humility, Love

"If the enemy sows lust in us, God grants us the weapon of chastity; if he introduces pride within us, we find the weapon of humility within our reach; and if he arouses hatred, we face him with love."
Mother Theodora

Stillness and Prayer

"Stillness and prayer are the best means for attaining virtues. Through them the brain is washed and achieves a pure and clear vision."
Mother Syncletica


"Obedience is a greater virtue than asceticism, however perfect. Asceticism carries within it the danger of pride, but obedience has within it the promise of humility."
Saint Mary of Egypt


"Now therefore, lead me wherever you please; Lead me to salvation, Teach me what is true, And go before me in the way of repentance."
Mother Syncletica

Seeking the Path of Ascetical Life

“In the beginning the labor and toil is difficult for those who come to work for God in stillness and silence; later it becomes indescribable joy. Just as those who wish to start a fire are at first filled with smoke and shed tears, but they cannot reach the goal in any other way; so too are those who desire to start within themselves the divine fire - they ignite it with tears and toil, in stillness and silence.”