NOTE: The following article is taken from the Local section of the Tucson Citizen, Jan 15, 2007.
FLORENCE – Just before the monk climbed the stairs to ring the 4 p.m. bells, Anastasia Lagos waited below the tower.
In the presence of men who have committed their lives to Greek Orthodox monasticism, Lagos tied a babushka under her chin and wore a long skirt. There must not be any distractions.
The 27-year-old was on a pilgrimage.
She had traveled from her homeland, Greece, to reflect and pray at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery. Its domed chapels and bell towers rise above the saguaro-studded desert in Florence, a town perhaps best known for its prison complex.
The middle of the desert may seem an unlikely place for a…
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