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The Shrine Mont Committee helps plan our annual parish retreat to Shrine Mont. Please join the Immanuel Church family this year. About 65 people usually attend. Spaces fill up quickly, so sign up early on the sheet posted in the parish house each spring.
Shrine Mont is a retreat and Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and serves over 15,000 people each year. For eighty years, Shrine Mont has welcomed those who seek “a place apart” for rest, devotion and fellowship. It is a place where people are more important than things, where prayer and reflection, rest and recreation are more important than appointments and tasks. Just 3 hours from Richmond off of I-81, Orkney Springs is located at the foothills of the Great North Mountain in the Allegheny Mountains.
Historically, the cool summers and medicinal waters of the numerous springs have brought travelers to the area since the early nineteenth century. In 1873, Orkney Springs Hotel was built to serve as a retreat from the oppressive eastern shore summers. Just up the hill from the hotel, the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration was built by The Rev. Edmund Lee Woodward, MD. The open-air cathedral is the core of Shrine Mont and was consecrated in 1925. In 1979, Shrine Mont purchased the Orkney Springs Hotel (now called the Virginia House) and the surrounding 1,000 acres of land. With its welcoming rocking chairs, the 96,000 sq. ft. green and white hotel serves today as the conference center for the combined areas.
For all questions please ask or call Jane Kinsley at 306-7298. If you have any financial support concerns, please call the office at 779-3454. This weekend is a great time for enjoying good food, fellowship and spiritual nurturing and you don’t want to miss it. From the beauty of the streams and flowers and wildlife, to the people who come to celebrate being part of the family of God, it truly is a place apart.