Monastery in Zhyrovichy

The monastery is in the village of Zhyrovichy (Slonim district, Grodno region, 217 km from Minsk by the Brest highway).

Long ago the icon of the God’s Mother miraculously appeared in the local woods. A church was built on the spot, but soon it was burned by fire and the icon disappeared.

Many years later the icon was found by children on a boulder with mysterious imprints – presumably those of Virgin Mary’s palm and foot. The icon is considered miraculous and the stone became part of the altar in the church of Exaltation of the Cross (XVIII c.). The Saint Ascension monastery in Zhyrovichy existed even during the years of the Soviet power and in 1989 it became a clerical seminary – a highest religious educational institution, accepting entrants from all the countries of the former USSR. The monastery in Zhyrovichy is the place of constant pilgrimage of believers wishing to worship the miraculous icon.