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.

Saint John Monastery    Summer See of the General Administration
(Established in 1748, Patronal day: June 24)


This monastery has been destroyed and demolished several times during the last wars and disturbances that occurred in Lebanon, namely the last war where a monk, Elias Loutfallah, was a victim of the bombing, while two other monks disappeared, Fathers Albert Cherfane and Sleiman Abi Khalil.

This monastery, “anchored” in the Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine ruins, is a precious archeological site and constitutes the summer see of the General Administration of the Order. It has been majestically rebuilt and regained its ancient beauty which allowed launching again its artistic and cultural activities and its pastoral welcoming.


Beit Mery - Metn
Tel: 04/870080 - 871213 - 871214
Fax: 04/871438