About Us

Monastery of St John the Baptist

The Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, (also known as Community of Saint John the Baptist) is a monastic community which was founded in 1959 by Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov. The Monastery is situated in Tolleshunt Knights near Tiptree, in the United Kingdom. It belongs to the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, and is under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.

On 27 November 2019, Archimandrite Sophrony was added to the list of Saints by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. His Feast Day is on the day of his repose, the 11 of July.

The Monastery has not written a history, but the books written by Saint Sophrony and members of his Community provide an insight into the spiritual basis of its life. These books are on sale at the Monastery’s bookshop in Tolleshunt Knights, as well as online.

The Community of St John the Baptist is a registered charity in England and Wales No. 282448.