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God's Plan

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20


Our quest to locate suitable farmland in Central Alberta commenced over three years ago. During this extensive search, we diligently assessed nearly 50 different properties before ultimately choosing this consecrated land. Our offer for this land was reasonable and reflective of our vision for the Monastery/Retreat Centre. 

The Monastery will serve as a spiritual haven for the Coptic Orthodox and Christian communities across Western Canada.


In our search, we were guided by a set of specific criteria:

  • The need for a large expanse of land, spanning a minimum of 120 acres.

  • A location in Central Alberta within the County of Red Deer, an area designated with AG Zoning, allowing for the realization of projects like monasteries and retreat centers.

  • A property void of existing structures that might impede our vision for the Monastery/Retreat Centre.

  • Pristine land, devoid of pipelines, gas lines, and existing oil wells. This choice was driven by our commitment to avoid future environmental complications, mitigate concerns from potential lenders, and prevent constraints on future expansion.

  • Absence of water channels, such as lakes, ravines, and rivers, traversing the land, to preempt environmental restrictions and the necessity for environmental precautions.

  • Favorable land topography, facilitating ease of access and development.

  • The presence of healthy topsoil suitable for agricultural purposes.



Our rigorous search yielded the following results:

  • Approximately 103 acres of arable crop land.

  • Approximately 25 acres of treed land with potential for improvement.

  • Approximately 7 acres of treed pasture. • A total site area spanning approximately 144.65 acres.


Site Features:

  • Prime farmland.

  • A corner lot with secure fencing.

  • Strategically positioned along Highway 11, known as the David Thompson Highway, and Range Road 263.

  • Offering a natural scenic vista, with the Red Deer River visible from certain vantage points.

  • Free from gas lines or pipelines.

  • No abundance of oil wells.

  • The absence of existing oil wells.

  • No encumbrance from environmental reserves.

  • No presence of water channels, such as ravines or rivers within the property.

  • Singular registered land title for the site, eliminating complexities associated with multiple land titles related to energy and mines.



Presently, we have a valid land offer amounting to $1,080,000 (originally listed at $1,103,000). The Monastery Charitable Organization maintains an approximate cash reserve of $500,000, but an additional $580,000 is required to finalize the acquisition. To enhance our outreach and fundraising efforts, we have launched a brand-new website dedicated to the future monastery and retreat center. This platform aims to connect with and mobilize support from a broader community spanning Alberta, British Columbia, Canada, and the United States.



Our immediate goal is to raise $580,000 in order to successfully conclude the land acquisition process. We are committed to securing the land in its entirety in cash before embarking on the subsequent phases of building design and development, in alignment with our specific requirements.


Upon approval of the land acquisition, we will proceed with comprehensive land due diligence, which entails:

  • Conducting an environmental study.

  • Assessing water availability and quality for potential new water wells on-site.

  • Establishing contact with Red Deer County to confirm our project intent and land usage.

  • Initiating discussions with financial institutions to secure mortgage financing for the new construction phase.

  • Engaging architects to produce innovative building designs tailored to the Church, Monastery, and Retreat Center, in alignment with our unique needs and programs.

  • Estimating the costs associated with all new construction activities based on the approved designs.

  • Calculating the utility requirements and infrastructure necessary to support our needs, as outlined in the approved designs.

  • Liaising with Red Deer County for the acquisition of necessary permits and approvals.

  • Anticipating the commencement of construction during the Summer of 2020.

In closing, The Monastery of St. George & St. Paul The Anchorite is not merely a vision; it is a sacred endeavor that stands at the intersection of faith, community, and devotion. Our journey thus far has been marked by dedication and discernment, and we are committed to seeing it through to fruition. As we continue to navigate the path ahead, we invite you to join us in this noble venture, as your support and participation play an integral role in shaping the future of our spiritual home. Together, we will create a sanctuary that will inspire and nurture generations to come, fostering a profound sense of spiritual unity and belonging within Western Canada's Coptic Orthodox and Christian communities. With unwavering faith and shared determination, we look forward to building a place of prayer, reflection, and spiritual growth that will stand as a testament to the enduring power of faith and community bonds. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable journey.

Maps and Progress

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