The Birth of Athonite Monasticism in North America

Situated on a steep and rocky peninsula in Northern Greece, Mount Athos is an autonomous monastic federation comprising twenty major monasteries, dozens of smaller monastic dwellings, and even a few hermits hidden among the crags and cliffs of its shores. Inhabited solely by monks since the ninth century, Mount Athos is a bulwark of Orthodox monasticism, and a beacon of piety for the Orthodox Christian preserving incorrupt the Holy Orthodox Christian faith and the unbroken sacred Tradition given by our Lord Jesus Christ to His Holy Apostles.

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The Chapel of St. John the Forerunner
at Small St. Anne's Skete

Only good deeds done for God will remain and will follow a man beyond death. And what is better than working for God all one’s life so that one takes the profit of this work with him when he goes to God! Truly this person is the wise merchant who found the pearl of great price.”

Geronda Ephraim

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Saint Joseph the Hesychast
1897
1959

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Geronda Ephraim
1928
2019
former abbot of the Holy Monastery of Philotheou and spiritual father of St. Anthony's Monastery

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Gerontissa Makrina
1921
1995
former abbess of the Panagia Hodigitria Monastery in Portaria, Greece