Orthodox Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert
in Gatten, Pontesbury, Shropshire, England
If you wish to contact the monastery, you can telephone (+44/0) 1588 650571
or email Fr, Silouan: firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to:
The Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert,
The Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert is a hermitage within the Romanian jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church, high up in the South-west Shropshire hills. Situated at 1,273 ft, under the Shepherd’s Rock, on the eastern slopes of the Stiperstones, Father Silouan lives alone, in what was once a miner’s cottage and small holding of twenty acres of pasture and woodland. He lives a life of prayer, silence, liturgy and work in the ancient tradition of orthodox monasticism.
Priest-monk Silouan began monastic life in the summer of 1990, in the Monastery of St John the Baptist at Tolleshunt Knights, in the county of Essex, established in 1959 by the late Archimandrite Sophrony, disciple of St Silouan the Athonite. Like St Silouan, Fr Sophrony was a monk of the Monastery of St Panteleiomon on Mt Athos in Greece. On the Holy Mountain, monks have prayed the Jesus Prayer, hallowing God’s Name in their hearts, for well over a thousand years.
There is no access to the Monastery by car. The farm track is long and rough. The nearest Car Park is at the Stiperstones Car Park at the Knolls, which is a 45 minute walk along the hill below the Stiperstones.