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On a wonderful summer morning, volunteers, teachers and beneficiaries of “Filocalia” together with parishioners of “St. Nicolae” church from Costeşti, Ialoveni gathered in front of the church planning to go on a pilgrimage to Noul-Neamţ Monastery from Chiţcani.

After over two hours of travel, in front of us appeared a beautiful bell tower with 5 levels, painted in white, contrasting in summer with the abundant greenery of the gardens and vineyards around. We were welcomed with much love by our guide, Brother Andrew. He told us about the monastic life, led us through the “Ascension of the Lord” summer church and the “Assumption of the Mother of Jesus” winter church. Later that day we visited the iconography and wood carving workshops, where we received explanations from Father Alexie. We were amazed by the old book museum and the rich library of the monastery. Our trip ended with a fraternal meal at the canteen of St. Nicholas Church. All along this visit, we felt a guiding light, warmth and peace of mind. We warmly thanked Father Paisie – abbot of the monastery, also our guide – Father Ioanichie and all the monks of this holy place for the love they gave us.