So, I am on a “business trip” to meet with US Coptic Orthodox bishops and gather the data on their parishes. Naturally, a perfect place to meet is St. Antony Coptic Orthodox monastery.
It was established in 1972, on a small piece of land in the Mojave desert in Newbery Springs, CA. And it was the first Coptic monastery outside of Egypt. What started as a very small monastic community has become an impressive spiritual center and architectural complex with 25 monks in residence. I arrived when it was dark already (it takes about 2.5 hours of driving from Los Angeles in addition to six hours from Berkeley to LA). So, more pictures and stories tomorrow. However, on the way from Los Angeles , I was rewarded with truly beautiful sunset in California’s desert.