Trapeza of the Open Door/Coffee Consortium


Trapeza of the Open Door/Coffee Consortium

In a monastic community, a trapeza (or refectory), is the dining hall where monks and pilgrims gather for food and conversation (although monks don't usually talk during meals). It is a place for hospitality.    

Consortium: An association set up for a common purpose that would be beyond the capabilities of a single person. A meeting of minds to which we solve all the state, local, and national problems on a daily basis, over a cup of hot great coffee, and breakfast. Our Coffee Consortium meets every Monday thru Saturday morning in the Trapeza of the Cave here at the monastery and discusses current events and issues on CNN and local stations. You can talk. We do the listening. And you can talk about anything you want; it does not need to be current events. All are welcome. This is a hospitality ministry of the Monastery of the Holy Martyrs. 

Here at  Dayro d' Holy Martyrs - Syriac Orthodox ' we always have fresh hot coffee in the mornings for you. And some times someone brings us donuts. Watch today’s latest news on television. Read about it in the newspaper. Have a conversation with a friend and neighbor.  And folks are invited to spend all morning or all day, as long as they want.


The monastery is not a soup kitchen.  I hate that word. We serve family meals.  I like to set down with folks and eat with them.

I grew up on a farm and dinner time  was a time for all in the family to set down, and many times family  included the folks down the road rover in the net county.  That is the  example I learn from my mother and father. So that is just what we do  here at Holy Martyrs. 

But  we need your help to do that.  need some help making the meals.  you can  make your favorite dish and bring it.  Cookies are always a favorite.  We also need things to cook. And most important we need folks to set  with us and eat.

There is also a washer and dryer and laundry soap so you can wash your clothes. Bring your computer or note book. There is Wi-Fi. 

We serve all no matter what faith, even those with no faith

We are located in the white A frame building on the corner across from Webster Elementary School.     


“Hospitality is the way we come out of ourselves. It is the first step toward dismantling the barriers of the world. Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around, one heart at a time.”    

Received As Christ

Everyone—everyone—is received as Christ. 

Everyone receives a warm answer—on the phone, at the door, in the office. Sarcasm has no room here. Put-downs have no room here. One-upmanship has no room here. Classism has no room here. 

Holy Martyrs heart is to be a place without boundaries, a place where truth of the oneness of all things shatters all barriers, a point where all the differences of the world meet and melt, where Christians, Jew and Gentile, slave and free, woman and man all come together as equals.