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A Rad Monk at St. Bishoy Monastery, Wadi El Natroun, Egypt

I went with some friends to visit what we thought would be a subdued and isolated desert monastery. We were hoping for some fresh air and quiet outside of Cairo, but were greeted with thousands of people visiting the burial site of the late Coptic Pope. Slightly disappointed with our less than tranquil monastery, we began a tour with Father Afraym, a monk who has lived at the monastery for over 20 years. His energy and knowledge of history was captivating and we all drank up his words as he lead us around. Through him we found the serenity and spiritual grounding that we hadn’t even known we were looking for. Always expect the unexpected in Egypt.