Studion Ministries is an Orthodox Christian lay ministry dedicated to help preserve holy sites and communities world-wide in need. The first holy site and community that Studion Ministries has committed itself to helping is St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, Egypt and the local Bedouin community interdependent with it.
We are operating with the blessing of Archbishop Damianos and the Holy Synaxis of Sinai.
All donations are presently going directly to St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai and to the St. Catherine's Metochia in Athens, Greece to meet both the Monastery’s financial needs, as well as the healthcare expenses of the monks. Studion Ministries is a 501c3 non-profit charity and all donations are tax deductible.
Holy Monastery and Archdiocese of Mt. Sinai Saint Catherine’s Monastery c/o 18 Midan el-Daber 11271 Cairo, Egypt Telephone & Facsimile: 2069-347-0349
Athens, August 20, 2020
The Holy Monastery of Sinai, also called St. Catherine’s Monastery in the mountainous and arid, southern region of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, is facing many financial difficulties, especially during this current period of the Coronavirus. Every help to the Monastery is crucial and indispensable, more than ever, for its survival and its uninterrupted spiritual, cultural and charitable mission. For this reason, we are addressing Studion Ministries. We are asking for financial help for the Holy Monastery by means of the monetary aids sent to its Bank accounts in Cairo and exceptionally to its central Dependency (Metochi) in Athens. Thanking you for your love and interest, I pray God blesses you abundantly, Archbishop Damianos of Mt. Sinai
One wonders What inspired the ancient Christians from the regions of North Africa and Mesopotamia (Middle Asia) to come live in the area of Mt. Sinai, where the Triune God wanted to descend to meet mankind through the person of Moses, the great and God-seer Prophet, to make them know how they can master a more blessed and more holy life during their earthly journey.
Certainly, it was not just the fear of the persecution of Christians by the pagan Roman Emperors, but rather their yearning to be bathed in God's presence, to draw nigh to Him in solitude.
What other place can be considered more suitable than Mt. Sinai, the holy and sacred mountain, where the presence of Triune God was so evident and wonderous, where the Light of the Holy Trinity was so alive that It illuminated Moses’ face by Its reflection.
In this sacred atmosphere, the first hermits who came during the middle of 3rd century, tasted the spiritual fruits from a life in prayer of the heart; achieving the heights of holiness, they performed wonderous works. Their fame reached all of the Christian world and attracted many of those who jealously pursued this high spiritual life. Many of these spiritual experiences and the sayings of the holy hermits of God trodden Mt. Sinai were recorded in various manuscripts, providing rich materials for the publication of «The Sinai Gerontikon».
Those hermits became the first leaven to form the cenobitic Monastery which was built by the order of the emperor Justinian, in the middle of 6th century. It was formed in the shape of fortress to protect the monks from the savage attacks of different tribes in the surrounding area.
This ascetic tradition and the life of those holy monastics continued through the centuries to this day. However, there are many unknown ascetics of the past, whose life and their spiritual endeavors are still unknown to us.
Even today there are great spiritual fathers, who have lived for some period, at Mt. Sinai: Saint Paisios the Athonite and Sinaitic and Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalyvia, who despite his short visit, considered himself as one of Sinaitic monks, for reasons which will be shared with you, God willing, some other time.
Over the centuries, old difficulties and problems for the monastery of Mt. Sinai (also known as St. Catherine's Monastery) have not ceased to exist. The recent global pandemic for the Coronavirus, especially, has added the financial hardship to the many existing problems; not only for the survival of the monks but also for their charitable works and their painstaking effort to digitize precious manuscripts, icons and other heirlooms of the monastery. These invaluable treasures for humanity and its cultures preserve 1700 years' spiritual, historical, artistic values, trends and informations.
The Fathers of the Monastery always pray for the salvation and the well being of the whole world, especially for the generous supporters and donors to the monastery, to whom we would ask that you remember this ancient and historic Monastery of Mt. Sinai to be able to continue its sacred mission.
With all the blessings and wishes, Archbishop Damianos of Mt. Sinai and Abbot of Holy Monastery of Mt. Sinai