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Monks reviving Canfield motel



Published: Fri, February 12, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Elise Franco

  Monastery Inn opens in Canfield

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WELCOMING COMMITTEE: Father Anthony and Bishop Timothy cut the ribbon Thursday at the Monastery Inn in Canfield. The monastery is the former Canfield Colonial Motel and was purchased by monks from the Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church who moved from the West Side of Cleveland. It includes short and long-term accommodations, a bookstore and gift shop and will eventually have a retreat center.

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NOVELTY ITEMS: Small stuffed animals are for sale inside the Monastery Inn’s bookstore and gift shop. Bishop Timothy, of the Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church, said the shop is one way they are trying to raise money to renovate the facility. Religious books, pictures and other items can be purchased, as well as some non-religious items.

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RELIGIOUS ICON: This framed picture is for sale in the Monastery Inn’s bookstore and gift shop. A group of monks from the Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church purchased the former Canfield Colonial Motel on U.S. Route 224 in Canfield and are turning the property into an outreach and retreat center.

The Regional Chamber supports the work a group of monks is doing in Canfield.

Monks from the Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church have a vision for the Monastery Inn.

Bishop Timothy and Father Anthony, who live at and run the Monastery Inn, and Mark Kholos, of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, gathered Thursday outside the inn for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating and welcoming the monastery to the community.

Kholos said he hopes to see the monastery achieve its goals.

“For this, you have to go back to what it was before to put what they’re doing here into perspective,” he said. “Now we have an outside organization investing in the property to utilize the space for the purpose of helping the community.”

Just four months ago, the motel, 7815 Akron-Canfield Road, was known as the Canfield Colonial Motel. Former owner Arthur Klein, 67, was arrested in April 2009 after Canfield police uncovered a prostitution ring at the Colonial and his other motel, The El Patio, 485 W. Main St.

Klein pleaded guilty in January to promoting prostitution. He will be sentenced March 3 by Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The church’s monastery moved from the west side of Cleveland and bought the property in October 2009 through a land-contract agreement.

Bishop Timothy said they’ve since been working to put the place’s bad name to rest. He said they’re now running the facility as a motel with low-cost housing and an outreach program.

“Right now we also have an outreach program to homeless men who work for a place to stay,” Bishop Timothy said. “We’re using that money to supplement our income until our renovation in the spring.”

The rooms inside the motel have been cleaned, and the monks are hopeful that with a little work they can be completely redone. The first step in changing the aura of the facility was creating a religious book and gift shop right off the main office, Bishop Timothy said.

He said the shop is one of the monastery’s sources of income and has many religious books and collectibles as well as nonreligious items.

In the small room, visitors will find an entire wall of crucifixes for sale. A table in the middle of the room features Christmas ornaments, and another table is filled with small, novelty stuffed animals.

Bishop Timothy said the ultimate goal is to transform the four acres into a religious retreat that includes new offices, an on-site chapel and a walking path.

“People can choose how they want to experience the retreat. They can delve into spirituality as far as they want to go,” he said. “We’d also like to landscape the back of the motel as a nature walk where people can go to have a true spiritual experience.”

Because the plans are still in the preliminary stages, Bishop Timothy said he doesn’t know how much money they will need for the renovation.

Bishop Timothy said the biggest challenge right now is the monastery’s lack of funding because their only sources of income are from those who rent rooms at the inn as well as the religious bookstore attached to the front office.

“Currently, we don’t have the facilities or means but, eventually, we want to be able to contact other [outreach organizations] to let other men know about us,” he said.

Father Anthony said the monastery hopes spreading the word about its mission will prompt community members, business and organizations to help.

“We are open for donations,” he said. “We rely on help from the community because our outreach is much larger that just us three monks can handle.”

efranco@vindy.com


Comments

1knick(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

These people are phonies. There is no such church by the name they go under. These people need to be investigated by the authorities. Do not give them money; do not trust them and do not regard them as religious people. THEY ARE PHONY!!!!!!

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2DontKillAnimals911(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

That's not true you need to get your facts straight. the church is recognized by the IRS and people like me who have received more than a place to stay and food to eat. It is a shame that some will say things to hurt others for no reason.

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3nycexs(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I wouldn't call them phonies, they are an independent group, thus they are classified as vagante. Nevertheless, I applaud their good work. If only they joined with a true Orthodox body, then they along with the work they do, would not be criticized due to their ecclesiastical position.

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4DontKillAnimals911(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

They are in dialogue with a patriarchal jurisdiction now, and are an autocephalous body of Eastern Orthodox Catholicism, the same as many Orthodox jurisdictions. They are doing good work.

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5Stavrophor(9 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This is the group that called itself "Marcian Orthodox" "Anglican Orthodox," "Romano Byzantine Orthodox". "Syro-Russian Orthodox" and
"Syriac Greek Orthodox Antiochian"
Beware!

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6DontKillAnimals911(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Never "Anglican" Mr Stavrophor. What about the so-called "diocese of Cleveland" that has no ecclesiastical approbation, nor any parishes or clergy other than the two men who live with you and your in man in Costa Rica who refused to give information on his church. Beware of what you are doing to cause trouble for good people.

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7sarafenix(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Check out the Duluth MN mention of this "religious order." http://www.areavoices.com/buzz/?blog=...

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8Stavrophor(9 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

These are the people who gave a college degree to a dog in Colorado. They have a track record, Colorado, Minnesota, Cleveland. It is a great honor to be kicked out of their cult , especially for telling the truth about them. Ask their African "seminarians" from Minnesota. Ask their bookkeeper in Costa Rica Ask those who purchased a "Service book" from them for $185. per copy, and no book was ever publsihed.

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9nycexs(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Stavrophor,

How do you know so much about these monks? Can you supply a link to any of these reports?

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10Stavrophor(9 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

http://qbuster.blogspot.com/2000/01/n...

http://www.westword.com/1996-03-07/ne...

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11Stavrophor(9 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Look up Notre Dame de Lafayette University and another article West Word "Someday Up There Dosen't Like Him"

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12Cami(1 comment)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I agree and i think i have seen these guys at the casino in Pittsburgh,Pa. They have stayed late around 10 pm until about 5-7 am and i wonder who's money they use,id like someone to ask the employee's on what they think of them. I've seen on Facebook that "Archbishop Timothy" has a Facebook, Is he actually doing his work?!?!

Also i have seen some pretty bad reviews about these guys i think people should check out these links below and say what they think.

Also i was wondering how do they afford their food and bills?

And how do they feed the employee's im sure the employee's (Homeless) atleast have foodstamps or some sort of income by now.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/04/...

http://canfield.vindy.com/news/2010/f...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38096123/...

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