Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos Monastery
12425 Sunset Drive, Miami, Florida 33183
Phone: (305) 598-7779
Fax: (305) 589-2229
November 19, 2003
Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers:
As the Abbot of Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos Monastery, I am writing
to you for the first time after the reception of the Monastery and its
monastics into the Holy Orthodox Church by His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, of
the Orthodox Church in America, on October 28, 2003.
The principal work of the Monastery is the administration of Holy Cross
Academy: a private, co-educational, college-preparatory school, with grades
Kindergarten-4 through twelfth grade of high school. The Academy, which is presently
in its eighteenth year, is fully
accredited by the prestigious Florida Council of Independent Schools and
enjoys an international reputation for the excellence of its academic curriculum
in the classical tradition. Holy Cross Academy is the first school in the
Miami area to have a curriculum which completely integrates the appropriate use
of the Great Books of the Western World (produced by Encyclopedia Britannica)
in all grades. Both during the school day and after school, there are a wide
range of classes and activities offered in the arts, sciences and
sports for all grades (including a complete junior varsity and varsity
sports program); and, beginning in the fall of 2004, religion classes in the
Orthodox faith will also be offered.
On Sunday afternoon, November 23, 2003, from 1:00 -4:00pm, the Academy is
holding an Open House. We would like to invite you to visit the School and to
meet its teachers, administrators, and monastics. In addition, we would like to
ask you to make the Open
House known to the members of your church who might be interested in the
Academy or who have family/friends who might be interested in finding out more
about our School.
Since Holy Cross Academy is administered by our Orthodox Monastery, we are
happy to extend to every Orthodox student who does attend the Academy a $500
discount in the yearly tuition ($250 per semester); and the Academy, in
gratitude, would also contribute $100 per year to the local Orthodox church in which
the student is a member.
Flyers about the Open House are enclosed with this letter.
Our monks made a faith-based decision to become part of the Orthodox Church
for purely spiritual reasons, reasons for which we are now under attack by the
Catholic Church -- including phone calls to the parents of present students to
discourage them from remaining at our school. Therefore, especially at this
time, we would appreciate the support of our brothers in the Orthodox faith.
Assuring you of our unworthy prayers and asking for your prayers and support,
Fraternally in Christ,
(signature) + Gregory
Chancellor-Headmaster of Holy Cross Academy