A Special Auction

Over the years, many people have - perhaps half in jest - expressed a desire to work at the Jampot; the position most sought-after always seems to be taste tester. We are auctioning off just such an opportunity! The six highest bidders in our online auction will experience the day of Monday, May 15, 2017, working hands-on with the monks at the Jampot.

The day begins with breakfast, prepared and served in the Jampot break room, followed by work in several areas of production - bakery, jam, confections, etc. time after lunch will allow for tasting and sampling of various products and for reflection on the day's experience. Afterwards, participants - and spouses or guests - are invited to share Vespers and dinner with the monks at the monastery. Overnight accommodations for two at the Eagle River Inn - on Lake Superior, three miles distant from the Jampot - will be provided for Sunday and Monday nights.

Bids opened at $1,000.00, at Bidding for Good; winners will be notified shortly after bidding closes on March 31, 2017. This will allow time for the winners to arrange their schedules to accommodate the experience. We look forward to the event, and we hope it will help speed the next phase of Jampot expansion.

Towards a fully operational Jampot

Completed Addition

Phase I of the Jampot expansion was completed in the spring of 2015, and the new wing was fully equipped by the fall. This expansion allowed us to increase production of confections and also introduce fresh roasted coffee to Jampot's offerings. For a look inside and details about its operations, please see the Autumn 2016 issue of Magnificat. The cost for building and equipping the new structure came in at about $600,000, two thirds of which was covered by contributions.

Praise God! Through the great generosity of many people, 2016 saw the retirement of the remaining construction cost as well as the Monastery's other indebtedness. We are immensely grateful for this blessing. Now, we must move on from here.

Jam production has often fallen woefully behind demand. This is the situation we must address next. We are currently developing plans for the next phase of the projected jampot expansion: a new jam kitchen. Located in an area already excavated to the rear of the current bakery, the new facility will provide space for larger kettles and more efficient bottling. We project the cost of this latest improvement to again be in the area of $600,000.

Your generosity will help make this possible. Please visit our Donations page.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

We are a Catholic Monastery of the Byzantine rite, under the jurisdiction of The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago, and belonging to the Ukrainian Metropoly in the United States of America, which is in union with the Pope of Rome, supreme pastor of the universal Church. We embrace evangelical poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability of life, according to the Rule of Saint Benedict and the traditions of the Christian East.

In our skete at Jacob's Falls, on the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, we devote ourselves to a common life of prayer and work for the praise, love, and service of God and for the upbuilding of His Kingdom through the Arts.

The Transfiguration

Tropar of the Holy Transfiguration

Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord

You were transfigured on the mountain,
O Christ our God,
revealing as much of your glory to your disciples
as they could behold.
Through the prayers of the Mother of God,
let your everlasting light also shine upon us sinners.
O Giver of Light, glory be to You!

The nations all encompassed me; in the Lord's name I crushed them.
They compassed me, compassed me about; in the Lord's name I crushed them.
They compassed me about like bees; they blazed like a fire among thorns. In the Lord's name I crushed them.
Psalm 117(118) vv. 10-12.

We celebrate in English, using music traditional to the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Weekend services are also open to the public. Please us if you are interested in attending services at other times.