P.S Also when I moved to USA I was referring to monasteries as monasteries and my Orthodox friends from here were asking 'Was it a convent, or a monastery?'.
Fr. Peter Alban Heers, in his English Preface to: Patristic Theology-The University Lectures of Protopresbyter John S. Romanides
says the following:
[...] For many pious readers raised on the vestiges of 'Western' Christian expressions, the words of Father John will undoubtedly be new and even unbelievable, and may even come as a shock. The Faith of the Church herein presented is not conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2), is not the product of scholastic study, but is born of God and overcometh the world, for this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our Faith. (I John 5:4). It is precisely this otherworldly faith which most who call themselves Christians today, including not a few Orthodox, have yet to encounter
. . . .
Nina, I would have to agree with Fr. Peter's words here, not only on the things +Protopresbyter John Romanides was speaking of, yet also, on 'terms' that the 'American ethos' has 'identified' with it's 'own' conceptual lexicon of experience. Naive Realism
says, "what I see IS reality!" ... Rather than understanding, our perception is an interpretation of 'reality' [Solipsism
aside]. This being one of the foundational aspects of accepting the collective (everywhere, always and all) experience of The Faith, based on the experience of the Prophets', Apostles', and Saints'.
Keep saying 'Monastery' ... to mean collectively = monastics, whether male or female. I do.
Please forgive me.