In Lebanon

No matter where he is, an Antonine monk always remembers his mission: to constantly remind the people that they are on a journey, a pilgrimage towards the Kingdom.
From the already established monasteries that are places for prayer and common fraternal life, the Antonine monks start their journey and embark in their mission, not only in all Lebanese regions, but they also go beyond the borders of the country.
Most of the monasteries of the Antonine Order were built or expanded by the monks themselves, as it shows in the documents preserved in the Historical Archives of the Order. As for the distribution of the monasteries among different regions, this constitutes a clear indicator of the objectives of the Order and its religious mission.

Mar Chaaya    The Mother Home of the Order  
(Established in 1700, Patronal day: October 15)


The monastery of Mar Chaaya (Saint Isaiah, the monk) is the mother home of the Antonine Order and it is still the home for the Antonine Novitiate. It was established in the year 1700 by the Maronite Patriarch Gabriel Blouzani, in a region gathering multiple religions and confessions. This monastery is a precursor center for the promotion of conviviality and dialogue between religions and it offers a spiritual and cultural radiation, whether on the level of the Order or on the level of the local church and the Lebanese society.


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