Petru Voda Monastery, Neamt County, Romania
Petru Voda Monastery – Father Justin Pârvu
Petru Voda Monastery, Neamt County, Romania. Petru Voda Monastery is an Orthodox monastery, which belongs administratively to the Archdiocese of Iaşi.
It is known both as a significant center of pilgrimage and religious tourism in Neamt and as character of the martyrs memorial in the communist prisons, social involvement and facilitator local care. An important fact to know is its name that is associated with extraordinary personalities in terms of contemporary Romanian Orthodoxy (The Archimandrite Justin Pârvu, Father Athanasius Stefanescu, priest George Calciu Dumitreasa) and Romanian culture (poet Radu Gyr) and active involvement in national disputes concerning biometric passports and shale gas. The administration protects other monasteries or convents – all in Neamt.
History of Petru Voda Monastery
The sanctuary, being dedicated to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, was established in a clearing (Haşca) Mountains Stânişoarei, by the Archimandrite Justin Pârvu, in memory of those who suffered in prison during the communist regime. The wooden church was completed in 1992. It was painted in tempera technique, in 1994-2000, by the painter Michael Gabor, Byzantine style, both indoors and outdoors.
The social, the cultural and political values –
The complex consists of two settlements – Petru Voda and maple-Petru Voda. There is a nursing home (Saint Pantelimon, an orphanage (Theotokos) and a medical dispensary with medical offices of Medicine and Dentistry. The nuns at Maple have a laboratory for preparation of herbal remedies, by processing medicinal plants. According to the monastery, their preparation is ensured by team working doctors, pharmacists and medical assistants. The social and medical activity of all these objects, is coordinated by a foundation, originally called Petru Voda. The current abbot renamed it after the death of Justin Pârvu (in his memoriam). The Foundation owns a book publishing Petru Voda Monastery Publishing and a magazine Attitude.
information source ro.wikipedia.org – Information translated from Romanian to English