The Friends of Mount Athos


Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

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The Society of the Friends of Mount Athos is dedicated to the study and promulgation of knowledge of the history, culture, arts, architecture, natural history, and literature of the Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos, and to the promotion of the religious and other charitable work of the Holy Community and the monasteries, both those located on Mount Athos, and those elsewhere which are dependent or connected in some way with Mount Athos.

Welcome to the Friends of Mount Athos Online

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Here persons interested in Mount Athos, the Holy Mountain and Garden of the Panagia, may find information about both Mount Athos itself and ways to participate in the activities of the Friends of Mount Athos in their mission of support for the Holy Community of Mount Athos.

What is happening.... (current and recent events)

  • FoMA Autumn Meeting, St. Bride Foundation, London, 12 November, 2014
    Speaker: Rt. Revd Richard Chartres, Bishop of London

    The Rt. Revd Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, speaking before the House of Lords.
  • Mount Athos. An exhibition of Paintings by John Doyle. April 7-16

    John Doyle is a member of The Friends of Mount Athos. His appreciation for the Holy Mountain and all it means is richly evident in this outstanding exhibition of his watercolors. Please view our online exhibit poster for full information.
  • Appeal in Support of the Bedouin Fund and St. Catharine's Monastery in the Sinai
    Events in Egypt forced St Catherine's Monastery to close for three weeks in August and September, This situation, together with the continuing sharp reduction in visitors, has severely affected the Monastery and particularly the Bedouin families who live around it, dependent upon the pilgrims and tourists for income. To help the Bedouin through the winter, FoMA invites you to support The Bedouin Fund.
  • The ELDER PORPHYRIOS OF KAFSOKALYVIA recognized as a Saint:
    See the Athos News Page for announcements of the recognition of the Elder Porphyrios as SAINT Porphyrios.
  • Pilgrimage to Aegean Turkey and the Greek Islands: 16 - 27 August, 2014 (exclusively for FoMA members)

    St. Nicholas, from the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker at Kale Demre (Myra), Turkey, by Mark Talbot, reproduced with permission. © 2013 Mark Talbot, all rights reserved.
  • Royal Patron for the Friends of Mount Athos
  • FoMA invites you to support its ongoing Hilandar Appeal
    The Friends of Mount Athos are raising funds for the relief and rebuilding of Hilandar Monastery following the catastrophic fire of March 4, 2004. Funds raised by the Friends of Mount Athos are contributed directly to the Monastery, proceeds from the current appeal going to the restoration of the Monastery's library.
  • Humus & Humility
    "Ecological choices are, at their root, not economic or political, but rather cultural and spiritual."
    FoMA member Bryan Cash has produced this stunning on-line photographic exhibition to illustrate the inspiring connection between spirituality and the environment as seen on the Holy Mountain.

See our Events Page or visit us on Facebook for additional events, details about upcoming events, and information on our annual Autumn Meetings.

Header Image: View of the Holy Mountain from a balcony at Stavronikita Monastery, with elements of the katholikon in the foreground.
Photograph by Robert W. Allison, © 2008.