VIDEO: Desert Monks: The Orthodox Brotherhood of St. Anthony in Arizona (Full Documentary)


April 3, 2016


In 1995, a few Orthodox monks left Mount Athos in Greece and came to the US to start an Orthodox Monastery in the middle of the Arizona desert.

We visited Saint Anthony's, the monastery built a few miles outside of the town of Florence. There, in the harsh Arizona desert, the monks have established a brotherhood that today has 56 monks.

Leading a life of celibacy and fasting, Orthodox monks say “their job is to repent and save their souls.”

Monks almost never speak on camera, so watch our short doc, a unique opportunity to learn more about the world of monasticism and the story of one of the first Orthodox monasteries in America.

fr. Remus Bleahu4/6/2016 4:02 am
We need more monasteries just like St. Anthony.
The mercy of God is invoked by this wonderful dedicated people for peace, love, understanding and the good welfare of the entire world.

May God our Lord Jesus Christ bless all of you.

Pray for us and for me the sinner.

Sadie Kousiry Klotz4/5/2016 9:11 pm
Amazing Grace Alleluia
Please Pray For Me & My Family
Editor4/5/2016 8:20 pm

This article first appeared in Greek Reporter. We are reposting it and do not have the right to correct it.
Janet Damian4/5/2016 7:13 pm
I'm sorry but their claim to be one of the first Orthodox monasteries founded in the US is just not true. They were founded 1995, St. Tikhon's monastery was founded in 1905. there are many other Orthodox monasteries in the US that were founded before 1995. This should be corrected in your article.

Even wikipedia knows better.
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