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The land of the monastery was granted to the Church by the Sudanese Government to build cemeteries for the Coptic Orthodox congregation in Khartoum at the end of the 70’s and in addition to this, more acres were purchased. This occurred during the service days of late Father Abadeer El Suriany in St. George’s Church in Khartoum. Father Abadeer was the first one to suggest to build a monastery on this land, or in other words, to be the first monastery in Sudan.
In 1982, he came to serve in Khartoum and the idea of building the first monastery in Sudan was embraced and that the monastery will be named after St. Anthony.
In 1984, the first Holy Liturgy was prayed on the land and this day coincided with the commemoration of the martyrdom of Saint Moses and as a result, the monastery was named after St. Anthony and St. Moses.
Saints of the Monastery: St. Anthony and Saint Moses
Description of the monastery:
The monastery consists of two parts, one part is for visitors and has Saint Virgin Mary’s, St. Anthony’s and St. Moses’ church. There is also a large parasol for visitors, a bookstore and canteen.
The other part is separated and belongs to the monks. It has Saint Virgin Mary’s and St. Paul’s church. There is also a building which has a reception and a library for the monks in the ground floor. The first floor has the monks’ cells. The second floor has more cells and Saint Virgin Mary’s and Angel Raphael’s Church.
There are also more cells in the ground floor as well as a building to make “Orban” (Holy Bread) and a second floor to make bread for the monks, workers and visitors.
The monastery a farm where fruits and vegetables are planted.
Churches in the Monastery:
1. Saint Virgin Mary’s, St. Anthony’s and St. Moses’ church
2. Saint Virgin Mary’s and St. Paul’s church
3. Saint Virgin Mary’s and Angel Raphael’s Church
Official Recognition of the Monastery
The monastery was officially recognised during the service period of late Metropolitan Anba Danial. The monastery had fifteen monks, a church, cells and a high wall built with cement and concrete.
This was during a Holy Synod meeting on June 4th , 1997, and it became the first recognised monastery outside Egypt in the continent of Africa.