Dispatch from the Desert:  January 20th to 26th, 2020

African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid) Paul, Pausirius, and Theodotian (Jan. 24) 3rd Century, martyrs in Egypt Zosimas of Cilicia(Jan. 24) 6th Century, Bishop of Babylon in Egypt Ammon of Egypt (Jan. 26) a disciple of Anthony the Great (Jan. 17)   A Word from the Fathers & Mothers “Some of them (monks), after … More Dispatch from the Desert:  January 20th to 26th, 2020

Dispatch from the Desert: January 13th to 19th, 2020

African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid) Theodulus (Jan. 14) 5th Century, Son of Nilus of Sinai Paul of Thebes (Jan. 15) 3rd & 4th Century, Lived in the deserts of Upper Egypt surrendering his part of an earthly inheritance for the sake of Christ. His asceticism made a heavy impression on Anthony the Great. … More Dispatch from the Desert: January 13th to 19th, 2020

Dispatch From The Desert:  January 6th to 12th, 2020

African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid) Elias the Wonder-worker of Egypt (Jan. 8) 5th Century, Agatho (Jan. 8, Greek calendar) 5th Century, Egyptian monk Venerable Ammon (Jan. 10) 5th Century, A monk in Nitra, Egypt. He was known for overcoming his anger and knowledge of Holy Scripture. Venerable Mother Theodora of Alexandria (Jan. 12) … More Dispatch From The Desert:  January 6th to 12th, 2020

Dispatch from the Desert:  Raising Awareness of Ancient African Saints

It has been said among African-Americans that if you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future.  If this proverb is true, then the black church is doomed to fail as we don’t have much of a clue of who our ancient heroes are.  Most of us belong to churches that were founded in … More Dispatch from the Desert:  Raising Awareness of Ancient African Saints

Dispatch From The Desert:  December 30th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020

  African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid) Basil the Great (Jan. 1) 330-379 AD, Although not an African, this Cappedocian is listed among the Sayings of the Desert Fathers as he spent time in Egypt. He patterned his life after the monastics and was known for his generosity as well as his theological contributions … More Dispatch From The Desert:  December 30th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020

2019 St. Moses Conference: The Broader Scope of the Ancient Faith

It never ceases to amaze me how the Ancient Faith & Afro-American Conference brings us all together.  So many of us have now been a part of these Brotherhood gatherings that we have made the event a family reunion and homecoming combined.  It is the only time when one can see an African-American priest of … More 2019 St. Moses Conference: The Broader Scope of the Ancient Faith

A Call to Renunciation and Watchfulness: Maroons & Monastics

Originally posted on A Beach Keeper's Journal:
In the fourth century, many Christians fled to the deserts of northern Africa and the Middle East to escape worldly distractions and struggle against their temptations. Some were tired of the growing complacency that was creeping into the Church now that Christianity had become legal.  Others had…