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Leading a life of celibacy and fasting, Orthodox monks at the St. Anthony’s Monastery say “their job is to repent and save their souls.”. Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos Abbess Theophano 121 St. Elias Lane Saxonburg, PA 16056 USA Tel: (724) 352-3999 Fax: (724) 352-5822: 2. The last time I spoke with Father Ephraim … The fathers teach that one should die to the world and flee to the desert if one is called to the monastic life. November 19, 2020. And once you're in with Ephraim's disciples, they may make it quite difficult for you to ever leave them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTqNx7nXJQI&feature=emb_logo. And I became a monk because grace attracted me. —Dcn.Andrew talk random contribs 14:51, 22 Aug 2005 (EDT) . It seemed exactly like a cult! well, Elder Ephraim is the spiritual father of 4 or 5 monasteries on Mt. Athos and in no time revived the ascetic monastic life there. If one's parents oppose one's entry into the monastic life, one should reject their pleas as demonic. There are parents across the country who say the monastery has control over their children. Father Tsigas I have known all my life and he will be visiting Ephraim this week to stay with him. He spent his childhood in poverty helping his father with his work, but he always followed the example of his mother (who later became a nun and bore the name “Theophano”). 13. In one of his own writings, Father Ephraim references the Protocols. – Source: Monastery Mystery, KVOA, USA, Feb. 9, 2006 On Sunday morning around 7am Greek time (10pm American time on Saturday), Elder Ephraim fell asleep with the Lord, while residing in Arizona. In 1979, he went to Canada due to health issues. Fr. ", "I only wish to express to you my concern that you have lumped Orthodox monasteries in with all manner of cults. They are connected with the Greek Orthodox Church. Ephraim, born in Volos, Greece, established 19 monasteries in North America, 17 in the US and 2 in Canada, both for men and women, which are subject to the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of America and Canada. This group gives Orthodox a bad name. The monastery is one of eighteen in the USA founded by Father Ephraim of Philotheou, a Greek monk who lived for years on Mount Athos, Greece’s famous monastic centre. I couldn’t even imagine this way of life: the first time I came to Athos was when I was eighteen years old. He labored in Arizona at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery. To see more documents/articles regarding this group/organization/subject click here. His mother and Father Ephraim sent him to Saint Joseph the Hesychast, who had also been Father Ephraim’s geronda. As it is, this article's name doesn't conform to our naming conventions (as it includes a title), nor does it distinguish this particular man from others who are known by the same name. As the story is told, Father Ephraim was driving through the desert just outside Florence, Arizona, when he heard heavenly bells. Ephraim's monasteries are entirely consistent with additional Orthodox monasticism. But I was shocked by some of what was being taught there, it just felt wrong. Elder Archimandrite Ephraim (Ioannis Moraitis – June 24, 1927) was an archimandrite and former abbot of Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos, spiritual guide of four monasteries on Mount Athos and of eight women’s convents in Greece, as well as the founder of 19 monasteries in the United States and Canada. He was 91. Continue the great work that do, it is most needed." Ephraim: My spiritual father was the Elder Joseph of Vatopedi. As he was gazing at the monasteries from the boat, those massive fortresses seemed to him like prisons. Elder Ephraim, also known as Ioannis Moraitis, was born on June 24, 1928, in Volos, Greece. Thank you for bringing this more out into the open on your website. The Monasteries of Mt. It was a strange form of residence (over 3 months) free labor, and the talk was of Elder Ephraim rather than Jesus or "normal" Orthodox Christian topics. Message From Father Paisios of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery. Changing the attitudes of the clergyman has allowed for a gradual return to the forgotten Orthodox tradition in many American parishes. For the next 14 years, Elder Ephraim lived in strict asceticism until 1973, when he was enthroned the Abbot of Philotheou Monastery. Also, I have spoken with Father Ephraim either privately or with others also about half a dozen times or so, maybe more. Since 1989, Elder Ephraim and his followers have established 18 monasteries in North America, attracting both cradle and convert Orthodox Christians to its strict ascetic practices.The “Ephraimite” monasteries stress reclusive living, fasting, bodily mortification, vigils, and constant recitation of the Jesus Prayer, according to sociologist Frances Kostarelos of Governors State University. Athos do not host, nor do they operate camps. He was 91. Those who chant in the churches should refrain from forcing their nature to yell, but also from saying anything else that is unsuitable for the church. If you understand that in Orthodoxy, nothing is new, this is frightening. Thus, in the year 1947, Ioannis found himself on the boat for Athos. ", "I don't think what Ephraim has are monasteries, but rather 13 small cults. I'm not a big fan of the US/Canada based Elder Ephraim Monasteries, like St. Anthony's. "I entered one of Fr. Home > Elder Ephraim of Arizona > Spiritual Quotes About Chanting-Compiled by Father Ephraim, St. Anthony's Monastery, Arizona. The Monasteries of Fr. My friends have gone and stayed at ST. Anthony’s and loved the experience. Upon his arrival at Mount Athos on September 26, 1947, he went straight to Elder Joseph the Hesychast in the Monastery of Timios Prodromos (Saint John the Forerunner), who accepted him into his brotherhood. The fathers teach that one should die to the world and flee to the desert if one is called to the monastic life. "Elder Ephraim's monasteries' are flush with cash and property, but when I was there a small group of teenagers, many of whom didn't seem to have a well-defined intention of becoming monks, were doing the bulk of the hard manual labor (although the actual monks did contribute somewhat). Nevins was a novice for six years at St. Anthony, one of the 21 Monasteries established by Elder Ephraim, the former abbot of the Philotheou Monastery … Even very simple, non-esoteric questions such as "how often are you allowed to bath" were met with that same response. Anyone know what Fr. I'm nervous about the whole thing also because the monk running it refers to himself as the bishop of the monastery, which means he answers only to one man, who is almost never there, and who in turn answers to no one. The Monasteries on Mt. ", "I recently visited Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox Monastery in Texas, one of elder Ephraim's very contoversial monasteries. I am also very well read on Orthodox monasticism, and I left because this place met more critera of a cult than of a monastery.". I think the strict codes at the monastery’s are too much for certain people and they are not cut out for this type of harsh discipline and some freak out eventually. ", "Let me congratulate you--your site regarding Fr. Ephraim's monasteries are entirely consistent with additional Orthodox monasticism. At the age of 14, he decided to follow a monastic path, but his spiritual father did not give him the blessing to go to Mount Athos until he was 19 years old. Along with his medical examinations, he was preaching the Greek population and hearing their confessions. One should be as a corpse in the hands of one's spiritual father. Elder Archimandrite Ephraim (Moraitis) (born Ioannis Moraitis) (June 24, 1927 – December 7th, 2019) was an archimandrite and former abbot of Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos, spiritual guide of several monasteries on Mount Athos and … What I read into the sermon sounded more like cult thinking than Orthodox Christianity and the "sinister religious figures" were meant to be direct comparisons to cults whose "center of worship" was in the center of the compound, just as Father Peck proposed. I’ve had three interactions with several of the “Father Ephraim” monasteries, and I was cognizant of the quote that “the tree is known by the fruit it bears.” April 5, 2012 published on sedmitsa.ru Greek officials have not given permission to VV Putin to visit Mount Athos —– The abbot that I talked to didn't seem to have much interest in the Philokalia (the monk's handbook for hundreds of years) or any literature, but that relating to Ephraim. 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. Ephrem's surname is? Archimandrite Ephraim of Philotheou (commonly known as Elder Ephraim, sometimes spelled Ephrem) is an archimandrite and form er abbot of Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos, spiritual guide of several monasteries on Mount Athos and Greece, and the founder of several monasteries in the United States. St. Anthony’s is the “home base” for a network of twenty Greek Orthodox monasteries throughout America and Canada. Geronda Ephraim, the former abbot of Philotheou Monastery and the founder of Saint Anthony’s Monastery, who lived the ascetical life and fell asleep in the Lord in Arizona, appeared to a woman in Northern Greece who at the time was together with her daughter-in-law. Holy Monastery of St. John the Forerunner Goldendale, WA 8.Holy Monastery of St. Anthony Florence, AZ 9. Annunciation Monastery Reddick, FL 12. Ephrem was born around the year 306 in the city of Nisibis (modern Nusaybin, Turkey), in the Roman province of Mesopotamia, that was recently acquired by the Roman Empire. 7. Elder Ephraim was chosen as the abbot of Philotheou on Mt. Elder Ephraim, also known as Ioannis Moraitis, the spiritual head of the Greek Orthodox St. Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona passed away on Sunday. In 1973, the brotherhood moved to the Holy Monastery of Philotheou where Elder Ephraim became abbot. Fr. Having completed about 60 hours of undergrad sociology, I have studied cults. He lived in the monastery, established in 1995, situated in the middle of the harsh Arizona desert not too far away from Phoenix and the town of Florence. Geronda is a Greek term for abbot. And most unfortunately--very timely and necessary, I fear.". Athos do not have an army of Ephraimite Priests that bring bus loads of unsuspecting Orthodox Christians to their Monasteries. Life. Why are the Monasteries of Elder Ephraim competing with our Metropolis camps? The report focuses on complaints from parents unhappy that their young adult children have chosen the monastic life, and includes input from a disaffected ex-member, David Smith: Holy Trinity Monastery Smith Creek, MI 13. This guy was [demoted (others say he 'willingly stepped down')] on Mount Athos and made to leave, but now is 'marketed' as a guru from the mountain. Ephraim's monasteries, with the firm intention of staying to become a monastic. I think that the 'Christ' of the Epraimites is quite different from the loving Jesus Christ we know from our Orthodox parishes. One should be as a corpse in the hands of one's spiritual father. They created much of what is found on the extensive grounds that the monastery is known for today, complete with building the first main church, living quarters for the monks, the dining hall, and guest facilities. Our beloved Orthodox Christians, evlogeite, We will soon be commemorating the one-year anniversary of the repose of our holy spiritual father, Geronda Ephraim of Arizona. Elder Ephraim became known as “of Philotheou” from 1973 when he was elected abbot of the monastery of Philotheou on Mt. Nine months later, in 1948, he received the name “Ephraim”. Athos in 1973 and in short order revived the ascetic monastic life in the monastery, after which the Kinot of the Holy Mountain blessed him to expand and fill three other Athonite monasteries with those seeking the monastic life: Xeropotamou, Konstamonitou, and Karakallou.
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