Many of the elements of this new Monastery of St. Demetrios were worked out at St. John’s Monastery.
Our rule, the house rules, the basic way of life, all reflect the work done there to set up a strong cenobitic community reflecting the monastic traditions from Valaam, and influenced by Mt. Athos and St. John the Baptist Monastery in Essex. Through a number of visits to Essex, and spending time with Fr. Zacharias there, we try to incorporate elements of the vision of St Sophrony into our life, particularly the use of the Jesus Prayer.