What is The Monastery of the Holy Prophet Moses?

Welcome to FriendsOfMoses.org. We are the non-profit foundation set up to support the Monastery of the Holy Prophet Moses, located in Feiran Egypt.

Friends Of The Holy Monastery Of The Prophet Moses –
An IRS Registered Public Charity
IRS EIN: 47-1925057


Attack at St. Catherine's Monastery 0n 18 April 2017

On 18 April 2017 an armed assailant exchanged gunfire with police at the checkpoint immediately outside the monastery of St. Catherine. The man was obviously not familiar with local roads and was conspicuously out of place so a local resident alerted the police. The outsider ran from police but exchanged gunfire, killing one policeman and wounding four others who were transported to a hospital in Sharm El Sheikh. The assailant was killed by gunfire. Another man seen in the area is being sought by the police.

Contrary to some press reports there was no sniper fire nor any explosions.

This is a terrible blow to tourism upon which the local economy was so dependent. Flights from Russia to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) were to resume soon but that is likely now in jeopardy.

Please make a donation and if possible make it a recurring donation from your credit or debit card through our PayPal account. We currently only have $300.00 in regular monthly donations and monthly operating expenses for the monastery and the five sisters are $2,000. The Friends Of The Holy Monastery of the Prophet Moses is a 501c3 charity. We forward all of your donations to the sisters as we have no employees and cover our own travel expenses. You may always send your prayer requests to the sisters as a note with your donation or simply to our president's email at president"at"FriendsOfMoses.org.

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Last month you donated $6,000 to the Holy Monastery of the Prophet Moses and restored the water pump and main electrical breaker panel. It was a month of disaster and wonderful generosity on the part of all of the Friends of the Holy Monastery of the Prophet Moses. $5,000 was disbursed all within a wek of each of the two disasters. We didn't make the regular $2,000 monthly support disbursement as I kept hoping we would raise the remaining $1,000 but with 5 1/2 hours to September that doesn't seem likely at this point.

HOWEVER, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!! You literally saved the sisters from a month on almost no electricity and manually drawing water. With some funding from other sources to meet regular expenses he sisters survived August.

I was ill for almost two weeks and failed to notice that my own automatic donation expired. So I'll now renew that but I ask that you also consider making an automatic recurring donation on the "Donate Now" post below also. About half a dozen people still do so and if we could only find 20 people to give $100 monthly we would only need to make appeals when there is a disaster.

We are 100% volunteer with no salaries, rents or regular expenses that aren't covered by designated donations. That means that except for an occasional Facebook Ad ALL of your donation is disbursed to the monastery. However, that makes this a just in time effort every month.


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Archbishop of Sinai and Abbot of St. Catherine Monastery, Damianos, was recently in an automobile collision. Thanks be to God he survived the accident but his hand was injured. Please pray for a complete and speedy recovery of His Eminence Damianos. May God grant you many more peaceful and healthy years, Master! Eis polla eti Despota! ...

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Help! No sooner had the money been received for the well than the power junction box caught fire. It's summertime and the extreme environment is taking it's toll. If you can help please do so. Here's the email from Sister Nektaria:

Dear Mr. George
We have already the money of the first transfer and in the afternoon we shall have the new moter for the water. We also have the second transfer in Greece, and the money will arrive to us Saturday morning. You can not understand the importance of this support at this exact moment. What I mean?

Today morning, from overloading, the central electricity box of the monastery got fire, and we stayed without electricity.

This is the evil thing that happened. But God never let us down. So from yesterday evening, a technic for the electricity came from Cairo to repair some problems we have here. So after two hours he managed to connect for the moment the wires and we must very carefully use the electricity, till we repain the box. We knew from the past, that we had to increase the power of the central unit, but it costed too much money, (I think if I can well remember about 10.000 egyptian pounds), so we waited till we have this amount.

At the beginning Gerondissa Gennadia asked from the Governor to help us and give us a new box, because is so expensive for us, as he gave us for free the very thick outside wire, till the main box inside the Monastery, that also was too much expensive, but he told us, that he couldn't support us in this second requirement.
For the moment we don't know yet how much money we have to give, but with this second tranfer we shall repair the damage, and from now on, we shall be sure that we have strong force of electricity, as needed in the Monastery. As for some other expenses, no problem at all, they can wait....
send you two photos with the burned electricity box.

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