In 2001, Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco gave Elder Ephraim the blessing to establish a female monastery in Arizona. A 481 acre property was acquired in Cochise, AZ and the property was incorporated and approved on November 29, 2001 as the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc. The address is 437 N. Cochise Rd, Cochise, AZ, 85606
Hieromonk Nektarios Arvanitakis is both the President and Treasurer, his younger brother is the Vice-President, and Dr. Constantine G. Moschonas is the Secretary. All 3, including Alex Trigonis, are listed as directors.
http://www.companiesinarizona.net/dormition-of-the-theotokos-greek-orthodox-monastery (This link contains very detailed information, names and dates concerning the Monastery)
Fistaki Farms—where the delicious pistachios sold at St. Anthony’s in Florence are cultivated—is located at 1797 North Cochises Stronghold Rd. Cochise, Arizona 85606 http://www.pistachiosaz.com/
In 2002, there was some opposition from the local Apache community and local residents concerning the building plans of the monastery which borders on land regarded as sacred by Native Americans. The following links are newspaper articles about the conflict:
June 12, 2002:
July 04, 2002:
July 12, 2002:
July 18, 2002:
August 26, 2002;
The company has 4 principals on record. The principals are Alex Trigonis from Santa Barbara CA, Chrisanthos Arvanitakis from Florence AZ, Constatine Moschonas from Scottsdale AZ, and Haralambos Giannaris from Canada .
Elder Ephraim’s goal is to establish the same amount of monasteries in North America as there are on Mount Athos: 20. However, there has been a momentary hold put on building any new monasteries (officially, at least).
• CHRISANTHOS ARVANITAKIS (President)
4784 N St Joseph’s Way
Florence, AZ 85132
• DR. ALEX J. TRIGONIS DDS, MS (Vice-President)
1225 Belair Dr
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
• DR. CONSTATINE MOSCHONAS, MD (Secretary)
8113 E Del Cuarzo
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
• HARALAMBOS GIANNARIS (Treasurer)
3803 Shera Bay Regina