Elder Ephraim Falls Asleep in the Lord, Age 91

December 11, 2019

FLORENCE, AZ – Elder Ephraim of the Holy Monastery of St. Anthony in Arizona fell asleep in the Lord on December 7, at 10 PM (PST) at the age of 91.

He first arrived in the United States through Canada in 1979 and has since established 17 monasteries in many states, including St. Anthony’s where he lived. He was also the founder of two monasteries in Canada. Prior to his arrival in the United States he was the abbot of the Holy Monastery of Philotheou on Mount Athos.

He had been suffering from health problems lately, and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who also met with Elder Ephraim, had visited the St. Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona during the summer. Last September, the Archbishop convened the first Monastic Assembly of representatives of all the monasteries in the Monastery of St. Nektarios.

No information has been provided on the funeral arrangements at press time.

Existing records indicate that the late Elder Ephraim was born on June 24, 1928 in Volos. His secular name was John Moraitis. His mother was very faithful and pious and later became a nun. At the age of 19, he moved to Mount Athos to become a monk and joined the entourage of Elder Joseph the Hesychast, where in 1948 he was honored by a monk with the name Ephraim, then ordained a deacon and priest.

In 1973, he became abbot in the Holy Monastery of Philotheou. He strengthened monasteries in Mount Athos and in the territory of Greece, especially in the area of Volos and Serres.

The Holy Monastery of St. Anthony in Arizona, located just outside the city of Florence, was founded in 1995. About 40 monks live there, including many converts to Orthodoxy. Its Abbot is Archimandrite Paisios.
The monastery follows the custom of Mount Athos monasteries.


LONDON - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with Greeks of the diaspora while in London on Wednesday, during which he highlighted the options that Greeks living abroad now have to vote in Greek elections from their place of residence, as well as his government's emphasis on reforms.

Top Stories

United States

I’ve only ‘met’ Zaferios G Caragianades once in the pages of history.


Ambassador Dimitrios Tsikouris (JD, MA) has a 36-year-long career in the Greek Diplomatic Service with assignments in Germany, the United Nations, New Orleans, Washington, DC, NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, Iran, Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, and ASEAN.


ATHENS – Growing violence on Greek campuses will be dealt with, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a pledge to root out offenders who are allowed to stay in school despite causing problems.


Jill Biden: I Didn’t Expect “Healing Role” as First Lady

LAS VEGAS — Her husband campaigned to help unite the country, but Jill Biden says "healing" a nation wounded by a deadly pandemic, natural and other disasters and deep political polarization is among her chief roles as first lady, too.