Hieromonk Nicholas fell asleep in the Lord on May 26 after two years of severe illness. He was one of two founders of Holy Transfiguration Skete of Eagle Harbor, which lies at the very tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s upper peninsula. After a career in music performance and teaching, he entered the monastic life and came to Jacob’s Fall to found the monastery he led as Hegumen for thirty-three years. Under his guidance, the monastery grew from just two members to more than twenty, establishing a thriving community and a business at the Jampot, which sells cakes, jams, and religious art.
The monastery’s property grew by two hundred fold under Hieromonk Nicholas’s care and now incorporates seven hundred acres of forest land. It operates under the authority of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago.
Born Steven Nehemiah Glenn in Ann Arbor in 1945, the parents of the future Hieromonk were Nehemiah and Zorabell (Richardson) Glenn of Ypsilanti, Michigan. After graduating the school of music at the University of Michigan, in 1968 he achieved a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and specialized in Choral Conducting. He went on to conduct choirs at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. After returning to Michigan, he taught music in the St. Clair Shores and Detroit public schools, served as Artist in Residence at Wayne County Community College, and as music director at the Roman Catholic parishes of Holy Redeemer and St. Agnes.
In Detroit, he organized numerous performances of the Detroit Schola Cantorum and Orchestra Detroit with annual performances of Handel’s Messiah at Orchestra Hall. He also founded and, for several years, directed the Rosa Parks Community Arts Center in Detroit. Taking the name Nicholas, he embraced monastic life and moved to Eagle Harbor and established the monastery, which he guided for 33 years until his passing.
Fr. Nicholas was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his brother David (Tulani) Glenn, seven nieces and nephews, and numerous grand nieces and nephews. A Parastas was held for his repose on May 31 and a Departure Office was chanted on June 1. His burial followed in the cemetery attached to the skete.