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profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine March 2007)
The Syriac Orthodox Church

Syria’s Mar Mousa: An Ancient Monastery Restored
text by Marilyn Raschka
photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1998)
Constructed in the sixth century, the Mar Mousa Monastery undergoes much-needed restoration and reclaims its identity as a holy site of historical significance.

To Be a Priest
by Jacqueline Ruyak with photographs by Tivadar Domaniczky
(From ONE magazine March 2007)
What brings young Hungarians to a life of service?

Heading for the Hills
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2002)
Hermits in the hills of Lebanon continue an ancient ascetic tradition.

A Sister’s Act
by Jacqueline Ruyak
(From ONE magazine July 2007)
Led by a retired nun, Hungary’s Basilians rebuild

A Lighthouse in a Turbulent Sea
text by Peg Maron
photos by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1995)
With deep roots in Armenian Christianity, the Mekhitarist Fathers maintain their unique monastery in Venice.

Syria’s Christian Valley
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine January 2011)
A historically Christian enclave adapts and thrives

Relevant or Relic?
by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine November 2010)
Monastic life in Ethiopia faces an uncertain future

A Saint Without Borders
by Marilyn Raschka with photographs by Sarah Hunter
(From ONE magazine July 2009)
A Lebanese hermit inspires faithful worldwide

Where God Descended
by Paul Rimple
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
New directions for Armenia’s mother church

profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
The Orthodox Church of Mount Sinai

Desert Fathers
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine May – June 2004)
Egyptian monastery shelters tradition and enlivens the Coptic faith

Piously Poised on a Precarious Perch
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2000)
Seclusion, silence and spirituality revive a fourth-century Lebanese convent.

The Resurrection of Solovetsky
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1998)
Founded in the 13th century, the Solovetsky Monastery, a refuge for saints and sinners alike, plays an integral role in Russian history.

Bodbe Monastery: A Beacon of Georgia’s Religious Revival
text and photographs by Peter Nasmyth
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1997)
A visit to a struggling Georgian Orthodox monastery.

The Island of St. John
text and photographs by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1997)
A history of the Monastery of St. John on Greece’s most holy isle.

The Monasteries of Wadi el Natrun
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1996)
Centuries-old monasteries in Egypt offer a life of uninterrupted prayer.

Holiness in the Eritrean Highlands
text by David Orr
photos by Seamus Murphy
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1995)
A visit to Debra Bizen, Eritrea’s oldest and most famous Christian monastery.

Awe, Giddiness and Privation: The Monasteries of Meteora
text and photos by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1995)
High above the Thessalian Plain, the monasteries of Meteora provide spiritual havens for contemplation and communion.

Two Weeks in Sebata
by Sister Isabel Arbide, F.M.M.
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1994)
A friend’s impressions of a recent stay at an Ethiopian Orthodox monastery for women.

Byzantium’s Last Outpost
text by Bruno Pavan
photos by Robert Semeniuk
photos by BlackStar
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1994)
The isolated monastery community of Mount Athos exists much as it did more than a thousand years ago.

The Mountain of the Servants of God
text and photos by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East March 1993)
Caught in the middle of a guerrilla war, Syrian Orthodox Christians in southeastern Turkey struggle to hang onto their homeland.

On Holy Ground
text by Jennifer Reidy
photos by Tom Stevens
(From Catholic Near East April 1992)
A pilgrimage to St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai.

A Prayer of the Heart
by Father Romanos V. Russo
photos: Bettmann Newsphotos
(From Catholic Near East July 1991)
The author visits the former Princess Ileana of Romania – known today as Mother Alexandra – Transfiguration Monastery.

A Life Transfigured
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East October 1991)
A thumbnail history of the colorful life of Princess Ileana of Romania.

One Man’s Way of Peace in Lebanon
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Retreating to a life of prayer in Lebanon also means being a missionary. At least Pere Antonious can still insist that his picture not be taken.

A Tenacious Christian Spirit
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
The spectacular landscape of the Macedonian region of Yugoslavia provides a dramatic setting for Christian observances.

The Less Traveled Path of Ossios Loukas
by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1986)
A small Greek monastery on the way to Delphi is an ancient reminder of the life of a devoted monk.

Still a Fortress for Contemplatives
text and photos by Margot Granitsas
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1986)
An ancient spiritual center and artistic treasure, Batshkovo Monastery is kept alive by Bulgaria’s Orthodox faithful.

Meteora: Between Heaven and Earth
text and photos by Margot Granitsas
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1985)
A visit to a mountaintop monastery in Greece uncovers a haven of holy beauty.

Mar Saba: Vigilant in the Valley of Decision
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1985)
The austere monastic heritage of the Eastern Church can be witnessed in a historic desert monastery called Mar Saba.

Priest and Patriots
by Charles E. Adelsen
photos by Henry Angelo-Castrillion
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1984)
The monasteries of Bulgaria are living reminders of a battle for faith and independence.

The Silent Survivor
by Rev. Howard Curtis, O.C.S.U.
photos by Maria Homberg
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1984)
In a war-torn region, the Trappist Monks of Latroun are a one-of-a-kind community.

Forgotten Mystra: Byzantium’s Last Flowering
text and photos by Margot Granitsas
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1983)
An ancient Greek fortress city still holds the keys to its Byzantine past.

Monastic Life Lives On in Rumania
text and photos by Daniel Gabriel
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1983)
Monasteries in Moldavia survive as reminders of the Byzantine era.

The Dead Sea Scrolls
by Veronica J. Treanor
photos by Leon V. Kofod
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1983)
The story of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

A Monastery Built on Faith
by Marel Brown
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1982)
At the site of the Burning Bush a monastery stands as a monument to the Divine.

Mount Athos: The Virgin’s Garden
by Charles E. Adelsen
photos by Henry Angelo-Castrillion
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1982)
A peninsula in Greece is home to more than 1,000 monks who follow ancient monastic rules.

Serving God For Centuries: The Monastery of Mar Gabriel
text and photos by Nadine Posner
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1980)
A Syrian Orthodox monastery in eastern Turkey maintains an old and pious tradition.

If You Pray, They Will Come
text by Matthew Matuszak
photographs by Ivan Babichuk
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2003)
The faithful seek out Ukraine’s Studite monks who are building community with liturgy

Praying Behind Barbed Wire
by Joost van Egmond
(From ONE May 2012)
Serbian Orthodox nuns live out their calling in Kosovo

Saint Sharbel: Lebanon’s “Paradoxical artisan of peace”
by Dorothy Mauro
photos: courtesy of Giancarlo Giuliani
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
The story of the Maronite monk who was the first Eastern Christian canonized by the Latin Catholic Church.

from Blog Content

Picture of the Day: A Life of Service
A novice at the Transfiguration Convent in Tbilisi, Georgia, helps to care for a former nun who is now a resident in the hospice run by the sisters. (photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Picture of the Day: A Russian Saint's Influence
Trinity Monastery now functions as the primary theologate of the Russian Orthodox Church. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: A Nun's Best Friend
Near Tibilisi, Georgia, Mother Ephemia plays with a dog belonging to the St. Tornike of Athos Monastery.

Picture of the Day: The Monks of Georgia
This photo of two Georgian Orthodox monks was taken in July of 2001. Photographer, Justyna Mielnikiewicz's has documented the Caucasus region extensively for many years. (Photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Picture of the Day: Epiphany in Ethiopia
Priests attend mass at St. Gabriel Monastery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Monks in the City
Parishioners attend early morning prayer led by monks of Meskaye Hizunan Medhane Alem Monastery. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Ethiopia's Spirituality
Monks process toward Abuna Garima Monastery, near Adwa, Ethiopia, to celebrate the visit of Patriarch Paulos, who was once a monk at the monastery. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Preserving Kosovo's Monasteries
Joost van Egmond discusses the position of Serbian Orthodox monasteries in Kosovo.

Expelling Peacemakers
The Syrian government has expelled Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian Jesuit and vocal advocate for peace and understanding.

Picture of the Day: Alternative Lifestyles
A nun prays outside of St. Mary Monastery in Georgia. (photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Vandals Attack Trappist Monastery Near Jerusalem
Vandals burned the door of a Trappist monastery outside Jerusalem and spray-painted a wall with the names of illegal Israeli outposts.

"Why Are They Taking It Out on Christians?"
John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter has some analysis and context on the recently vandalized Trappist monastery near Jerusalem.

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Stories of interest for the day.

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Picture of the Day: Sacred Syria
The church at Saint George’s Monastery houses rare Arab icons. (photo: Sean Sprague)

The Trappist Nuns of Syria: A "Sign of Hope"
An Italian news site this week takes a look at a group of Trappist nuns who have established a monastery in Syria -- and, despite the violence and war around them, are determined to stay.

Picture of the Day: What’s the Buzz?
The sisters at St. Mary Monastery in Bediani keep bees to supplement their income. (photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

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Stories of interest for the day.

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Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: A Little Help
In this 2007 photo, a 3-year-old orphan helps a nun with the dishes at the Antiochene Orthodox Monastery of St. Thecla in Maaloula, Syria. (photo: Mitchell Prothero/Polaris)

Picture of the Day: Sanctuary
A man forced to flee his home due to the violence in eastern Ukraine takes up temporary residence in the Sviatohirsk Monastery. (photo: Ivan Chernichkin)

Spotlight on the Eastern Churches:
The Orthodox Church of Mount Sinai

The monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, Egypt, form the smallest of the churches in the Orthodox communion of churches.

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Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: A Renewed Horizon
The Rev. Joaqim Unfal tends to a garden at Mar Evgin Monastery, a fourth-century Syriac Orthodox monastery in the mountains of Tur Abdin, Turkey. (photo: Don Duncan)