It is not unusual for the monastery to be the first encounter our visitors have with Eastern Orthodoxy. Some may have heard before of the Church as Russian Orthodoxy or Greek Orthodoxy, but Orthodox Christians do not have to be Greek or Russian. Our community is part of the Russian Orthodox tradition, but our sisters come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds: Slavic, Greek, Syrian, and European. All of our sisters are American, and many are converts to the Orthodox Church. What is it about this faith tradition that draws people from so many walks of life?