St. Mary’s Vineyard
This gift from our Holy Mother St. Mary was given to us as a place of worship, fellowship and meditation; a retreat away from the world in order to grow spiritually in fellowship with our Lord. The Vineyard is a retreat center belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church overseen by H.H. Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. The retreat center was created to serve and nourish the Coptic Christian beliefs and traditions. Situated on 187 acres, this peaceful, open land facilitates meditation and spiritual communion with God.
The retreat center is located in Charlton, Massachusetts, about an hour southwest of Boston. We invite you to peruse our website and share in the blessings that have been given to us through St. Mary and all of the Saints.
The Holy Virgin Mary Spiritual Vineyard originated as an apple farm and was later converted to a chicken farm. Years later it became a campground for the Church of the Assembly of God, then a foster home for boys. It was acquired through St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in the summer of 1997. In the following years, the grounds were completly renovated and new construction was added. This blessed land will remain the Holy Virgin Mary Spiritual Vineyard until the Second Coming.
|1997||HVMSV was acquired during the summer
First liturgy held at the Vineyard honoring St. Mary’s Feast
|1998||Vineyard Cornerstone was consecrated in February during the first visit by H.H. Pope Shenouda III|
|1998||Initial renovations were completed that summer
The Vineyard was blessed by serving the NAACCS for the first time
Expansion of St. Mary’s Church to include 2 new altars
St. Mary’s Gazebo blessed by H.H. Pope Shenouda III
|1999||Addition of St. Mina’s dining hall
Creation of The “Way of the Cross”
|2000||St. Athanasius Rectory & Altar, St. Dedimus the Blind Bookshop, The Seclusion Chambers & Holy Village were all completed|
|2002||Archangel Michael & St. Makarius The Great Tower completed
Hall of St. Theodorus & Pope Shenouda III was expanded and renovated
St. Moses the Black Chapel & St. Bishoy Recreation Center completed
|2003||Archangel Michael altar completed
Bell Tower erected
|2004||The Shrine of St. Antonious & St. Paula completed|