The Holy Institution of Panagia Soumela is the home of the Black Sea community of North America and they are known as "Pontian". The facility/complex was established to commemorate and reflect on it's original homeland monastery of Panagia Soumela in Trabzon, Turkey and provide a location for Pontian culture and Greek Orthodox faith to continue for its people.
Many who attend come from Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Connecticut. But they also come from as far away as Canada. Dedicated volunteers from the Pontian community work together every year to maintain this facility.
Location: 253 Marshall Hill Rd West Milford, NJ 07480 (718) 728-3500
Date: August 16th - August 18th