Those of you who read French should keep an eye on the blog Orthodoxie. In addition to lots of news about Orthodox goings-on in Paris and other random tidbits that don’t always reach the Anglosphere, they regularly publish a kind of newsletter about goings-on in Antioch, written by one Carol Saba, called Croniques Antiochiennes. Honestly, Mr. Saba does a much better job of doing what this blog tries to do. In the current edition, there is a note about the monastic revival of the 20th century that I thought was worth translating.
Monastic Revival in the Patriarchate of Antioch during the 20th Century
Twelve monastic communities revived and prospering once more! Thanks to God and to the efforts of men and women of God!
Several factors during the course of the 20th century, notably the renewal brought about starting in the middle of the century by the Orthodox Youth Movement of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, have permitted the development of the monastic movement and its blossoming, here and there, in Syria and Lebanon, of men’s and women’s monasteries that renew the ancient traditions. A good dozen monasteries are at the origin of this movement of renewal, which is making the ancient monastic tradition of Antioch flourish and has reprised the work done in formerly abandoned monasteries. These monasteries are:
-the monastic community of St. James (nuns) at Dedeh, to the south of Tripoli in Lebanon
-the monastic community of St. George (monks) at Dayr el-Harf, Mount Lebanon
-the community (monks) of the Holy Archangel Michael at Baskinta (Mount Lebanon)
-monastery (monks) of Our Lady of Hamatoura, in the region of Kousab, north Lebanon
-monastic community (monks) of St. Silouan the Athonite at Douma, Mount Lebanon
-monastery (nuns) of St. John the Baptist at Douma
-monastery (nuns) of Our Lady of Kaftoun, north Lebanon
-monastery (nuns) of Our Lady Nouriyeh, near Tripoli, Lebanon
-monastery (monks) of Saint George at Homeira, Syria
-monastery (nuns) of Our Lady of Bloumana, near Tartus, Syria
-monastery (monks) of Our Lady of Balamand, near Tripoli, Lebanon
-monastery (nuns) of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple, Achrafiyeh, Beirut, Lebanon
We will return with photographic reports about the foundation of these monastic communities and the history of the places in which they have renewed the monastic tradition.
As these reports are published, I will make sure to translate and link to them here.