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

St_Anthony 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 members.St_Anthony_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.


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