Studion Ministries Publishing Supporting St. Catherine's Monastery
Studion Ministries is undertaking several book projects, the profits from which will go to St. Catherine's Monastery. We are also working to have the Sinai Gerontikon and Martyrlogion translated and made available in English. These volumes include lives of saints, particularly Arab saints, that have been lost in other Orthodox synaxaria.
The above image is being used only as a temporary visual representation for the translation of the Sinai Synaxarion project. It has not been blessed by either Archbishop Damianos or the Holy Synaxis of Sinai to be used as the official cover.
St. Katherine's Conference: One-day Mini Retreats and Spiritual Conferences
When we are finally free from the Covid-19 pandemic, Studion Ministries, in collaboration with paideaclassics.org, would like to organize one-day spiritual retreats/mini-conferences at volunteer host parishes. Our goals would be as follows:
St. Katherine’s Conference is a 1-Day conference serving two purposes:
To address the importance as Orthodox Christians of transmitting the sacred inheritance of our faith to the next generation.
To financially support and build awareness of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai.
St. Katherine’s Conference recognizes the great challenge set before us in the United States of transmitting the sacred inheritance of our faith to the next generation. This challenge is presented to every generation and is fundamental to the life of the Church and implicit in the understanding of tradition, i.e., to pass on or deliver. As St. Theophan the Recluse wrote, “Of all holy works, the education of children is the most holy.” Further, we affirm the words of St. Justin Popovich who writes, “Education and training is nothing other than the extension of holiness, the radiance of holiness.” Here, education is both broader and deeper than merely the formation of the mind, although the formation of the mind is not excluded. Education is the formation of the human person through the treasury of our faith by the grace of God to attain the full stature of Christ. The spiritual labor of education is first and foremost given to the parents as a cell of the Church, but also extends into the community of faith - grandparents, extended family, godparents, spiritual father, and so on. This conference seeks to address this broader sense of education with the specific focus to encourage families and the broader faith community in the spiritual nurturing of the next generation.
Within this context, St. Catherine’s Monastery is an icon of this education process outlined above. St. Catherine’s Monastery cannot be reduced to a historical museum that reminds us of the past. St. Catherine’s brings together the historical richness of our faith, the current struggle to realize the life in Christ for Christians today, and an acute awareness of the responsibility to future generations to safeguard and transmit the treasury of the faith. St. Catherine’s historical location, archives of historical material, and holy sites and artifacts are a lived reality that continues the transmission of the holy tradition from one generation to the next.
The prayer for St. Katherine’s Conference is to encourage and enlighten the faithful on the importance of and ways in which the treasury of our spiritual inheritance invites us into the process of growing the next generation to abide within our holy faith.
St. Catherine Bedouin Embroidery
In January 2018, what has now become Studion Ministries, began the process of taking over Fr. Moses' work with the local Bedouin of the Jebeliya Tribe. He is a monk associated with St. Catherine's Monastery, who lives in a hermitage perched on the side of the mountain overlooking the ancient fortress. Fr. Moses helped the Bedouin women improve the quality of their embroidery as well as equipped them to sew and manufacture their products to international standards. He was helping them to find buyers and export their embroidery to Greece when the economy in Egypt collapsed due to political instability, civil unrest, and loss of tourism. When he needed to retire from this labor, the women were left without a place to sell their handiwork. We are now funding them to manufacture and embroider items that are donated to and sold through the St. Catherine bookstores, with all proceeds going directly to the monastery. We also are purchasing embroidery to sell here in the United States, to help them, and to help support this ministry. The Jebeliya Tribe is a historically peaceful tribe that has maintained a symbiotic relationship with St. Catherine's Monastery and the area's many hermitages, for 1400 years. St. Justinian the Great originally brought 200 Roman soldiers, along with their families, to serve as protectors for the newly built fortress monastery. These families then intermarried with the local tribesmen and formed the Jebeliya Tribe of today.
We are working on building an archive of quality photographs of the various holy sites of Sinai that are still accessible to foreign travelers. It is our hope to share this along with any stories we can gather about these locations and the saints who had lived there. To see our ongoing work, please visit: