Sheridan Road is overlooked by thousands of motorists who travel past it on US-12 every day. The road is west of Clinton and just before the car dealers that dominate the intersection of US-12 and M-52, which is unfortunate for the many harried commuters, because a few miles north on the often one-lane Sheridan byway they could receive respite and spiritual revival provided by the Romanian Orthodox Monastery that few know about and which welcomes those seeking a little peace and tranquility.
It is an unlikely place for a monastery, but anyone who makes the turn north on Sheridan Road will, within a few miles, run into a refuge, a sanctuary, presided over by welcoming monks of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The complex (15143 Sheridan Rd., 517.456.4474, www.holy-ascension.org) was founded in 2001 and covers 50 acres, including a church along with the refuge-formally known as The Romanian Orthodox Monastery of The Ascension of the Lord.
The setting is peaceful. It is located in rolling farmlands and woodlands, far from the noise of traffic and metropolitan mayhem of the commuter’s daily grind, but it is not a spa, it is a religious community that asks pilgrims, regardless of religious afiliation or lack thereof, to not only rest and eat, but to attend to their inward spiritual needs.