Monastery of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
which is dedicated to the monastery church, also known as Ribnitsa, dates back to its grounds, foundation and spirit to the times of Nemanich dynasty, just like many other sacred places around the Serbian lands.
The monastery was destroyed and rebuilt several times, which was the fate of a large number of Orthodox temples throughout the history of the Serbian church. During the times of Kocha’s military border, the church was burnt again but then restored in several attempts during the 19th century.
Because of difficult times under Turkish slavery, dispersed or killed monasticism, the monastery turned into the parochial church in 1837 and it continued as such until 2011. From then on, for a few years, the monastery was again without abbot and brotherhood until finally the arrival of Monk Arseniye Yovanovich as abbot on the 17th of December 2017 when it once again became active male monastery.
Ribnitsa monastery`s condition remains dilapidated to this present day and without most of the necessary facilities for the normal monastic life.
Abbot Arseniye and his brotherhood are ready to venture restoration of the monastery and return to the state in which it was previously, and that is praying, spiritual and even cultural center of the region.
Certainly for something like that to happen, primarily a serious spiritual praying life of Ribnitsa`s brotherhood is required but also a material assistance from all those of good will and ability to help.
Likewise, we invite all those God desiring souls who're interested in monastic life to join us to work together, in love and harmony, aiming towards salvation, both our personal and our sinful and tormented Serbian race one. Every nation needs a strong and healthy monasticism, so that the nation may prosper in God’s grace, and that way to have someone to pray for them.
We're here to help in this way to our people, and we wish and pray that all of the people of the world recognize the value and beauty of the original Christian monastic life.
By the Grace of God
Yours in Christ,
Monk Arseniye with brotherhood