Three hundered years old monastery of the Mother of God closed during the October Revolution to be revived in Belarus

Report Prepared for OCP News Service
Belorussian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate


On the 28th of August the nuns of the monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God in the village of Tadulino (Belarus) celebrated the first dedication day of their convent. Being situated on the North of the country, this monastery is one of the most ancient but at the same time least known spiritual centers of the region though earlier it was famous on the all territory of the Russian Empire. The old monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God which history extends back for almost 3 hundred years was destroyed 70 years ago. Officially the monastery was closed just after the October Revolution but in fact it functioned till 1929. The main church of the monastery – the cathedral of the Dormition – was exploded by the German army during the II World War. In the end only the foundation, the basements and a part of the monastery cemetery were left. But the old-timers still remember the churches of the convent.

But for the accident, the history of the monastery would have been gathering dust in libraries. The superior of the monastery mother Hilaria explains: “Approximately two years before the beginning of the restoring of the monastic order the locals found in the lilac shrubs a neglected temple cross. This event prompted the locals to construct a monument in order to eternize the memory about the monastery”.

The archbishop of Vitebsk and Orsha Demetrios made the decision about the reviving of the monastery in 2011. Till the end of the building of the convent the six nuns are living in the village of Berniki. The Liturgy is served in the local church. But the first dedication day of the convent was celebrated in the temporary church on the territory of the monastery.

Mother Hilaria has a lot of plans. She wants to restore the monastery cemetery, to explore the ancient crypt and to build an alms-house. Mother Hilaria also hopes to succeed in collecting the materials for the canonization of one of the former superiors of the monastery whose merits were marked by the Russian emperor Nicholas II.