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Monasticism in Southern Africa - a fragile plant Orthodox monasticism in Southern Africa is a fragile plant. For the last few years there have been one or two people trying to live the monastic life, in one or other of the three "monasteries" in Gauteng (can you call it a monastery when there are no monks?) Father Nazarius and Father Elias established the Monastery of the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Gerardville in 2000. Then Fr Nazarius died in 2008, and there were no monks there for a couple … Read More

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This thread is subsidiary to the main topic below. Key questions would include:

  • What is distinct about  Orthodox monasticism? How do Orthodox monastics / religious see themselves?
  • When did it begin in South / Southern Africa? How and where did it start? Where is it situated now?
  • Who are the key people in its history?
  • What literature is available?