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Woodstock Studite Monastery

Ontario : Woodstock
Location #11434

Location Owner:OAP
Creation Date: 11/14/2014
Last Updated: 12/27/2017

This property belongs to the Studite Fathers, a Ukrainian religious group. Studites work for eight hours, rest for eight hours and pray for eight hours. The Studites are one of the oldest monastic orders of the church. They have a board of directors and monastery located near Rome.

The Studites own hundreds of acres of land in Woodstock which over the years they've slowly sold off to developers.

The Woodstock monastery was operated by a monk named Reverend Evtimy Wolinski (Herbert Wolinski). Wolinski is the last membr of his order in Canada. An order dating back to AD 500.

In June of 2000, Wolinski was responsible for establishing the Woodstock Peace Lighthouse of Icons which contained more than 100 religious icons and religious paintings. Wolinski hoped to create interest in the monastery and attract tourists. By winter construction had halted on the $2.5 million project as the monastery was unable to pay the bills.

Around June of 2009, a woman named Viktoriya Abelyar was hired by the Studite Fathers to help organize a Ukranian-speaking prayer group known as the "Keepers of the Light". She volunteered to perform secretarial work and gardening at the church and in return was allowed to live on the property and was provided with food and health care.

In January of 2010 Wolinski and Abelyar began an intimate common-law relationship which resulted in the birth of a child. The church responded by forbidding Abelyar from being on the church property. The church also removed Wolinski from his duties at the monestary. While priests are allowed to marry, monks are not permitted to. Wolinski now survives through his old-age pension

Personal notes:

I'd been keeping a watch on this location. During my second visit in 2014 I walked around trying all the doors. I thought it was going to be with the same disappointing results until I tried one door and it opened. Adrenaline pumping, I hurried back to the car and gathered my camera gear.

New owners have since purchased the property and boarded up the windows and doors. This led frustrated youths to begin throwing rocks through the stained glass windows. Someone then kicked in a ground level window board and the church and hallways spray painted with graffiti.

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Status: Being Demolished | Category: Church

Christmas 2017
Woodstock Studite Monastery
Created on:12/27/2017
Created by: OAP
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Target Practice
Woodstock Studite Monastery
Created on:6/24/2016
Created by: mobileworks
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Woodstock Studite Monastery
Created on:6/5/2016
Created by: mobileworks
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Peace Out
Woodstock Studite Monastery
Created on:5/30/2016
Created by: mobileworks
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No Monks '15
Woodstock Studite Monastery
Created on:1/5/2016
Created by: Motleykiwi
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December 5, 2015
Woodstock Studite Monastery
Created on:12/26/2015
Created by: OAP
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Fly by night
Woodstock Studite Monastery
Created on:11/19/2014
Created by: PhotographicTime
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October 12, 2014
Woodstock Studite Monastery
Created on:11/14/2014
Created by: OAP
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Address: 160 Ferguson Drive, Woodstock, ON N4S 2N6, Canada
Province: Ontario

OAP says:
1/31/2018 8:00:58 PM

Demolition underway this week. Demo fencing went up some weeks ago and a dumpster on site.

OAP says:
12/26/2017 4:47:40 PM

Just as I feared... window has been kicked back in and tagging in the halls and church. It's disgusting.

OAP says:
10/10/2017 8:47:39 PM


OAP says:
7/27/2017 3:54:18 PM

More graffiti, more broken windows.

mobileworks says:
6/24/2016 9:08:32 AM

Sat. June 11, 4pm. 1 front window broken and roughly, unprofessionally boarded up. The window sticks look proper now along bottom. I was there for awhile but could not find a way in. Asshats keeping someone busy.

mobileworks says:
6/5/2016 10:28:21 AM

Update: Sat. June 4, 2016 9am. Monastery. repaired and/or re-locked and I see sticks in the basement windows[ but angled not square to window] I don't think I saw before.....Larry lock-nic was here last week sometime. It was still a nice country drive.

mobileworks says:
5/31/2016 1:02:17 AM

Herb should have slowly become a priest first. 32 years a monk and now being sued for child support. Good luck old man.

mobileworks says:
5/31/2016 12:39:23 AM

Wow nice effect Photo T. I would love to try a 1910-ish bellows camera with the wet plates you have to transfer in a light proof box to the camera, insert them, and take the picture before they dry. You have to add really bright lights as well.

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