St. Catherine’s monastery at Mt. Sinai Egypt is one of the oldest continuously occupied monastic communities in the world. The first chapel at the site in the Christian era was built in 330 A.D. by St. Helen, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. But, monks had been drawn to Sinai, and the site where God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush long before then. The monastery was expanded during the reign of Justinian, including the building of the Basilica of the Transfiguration around the year 556 A.D.

We are blessed to have a personal connection to this great and ancient monastic community. Fr. Justin the librarian of St. Catherine’s is a native of El Paso, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. Our priest Fr. John served as a monastic with Fr. Justin when they were young and Fr. Justin is also a family friend of another of our parishioners. He periodically blesses our Parish with emails and photos from the community of St. Catherine’s.