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Heroes of the Desert DVD Set

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Heroes of the Desert:
The Lives and Teachings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Fr. Philip G. Bochanski, C.O.,M.A.
  • Priest, Author and Adult Education Leader
  • Oratory of Saint Philip Neri

15 Lectures (5 Discs) Including Electronic Study Guide

Encountering the Desert Fathers and Mothers will enrich your prayer life and your faith.

Beginning in the 3rd century AD, pious men and women journeyed into the Egyptian desert, where they sought to be “alone with God alone.” Known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers, they pursued lives of solitude and prayer in order to make offerings of themselves to God. They acquired great insight into the spiritual life, which has been passed down to us in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers.

Now, you can discover the fascinating lives and works of such awe-inspiring figures as St. Antony the Great and St. Mary of Egypt. Through 15 video or audio lectures, you will journey into the ascetic world of the desert—a world that has much to teach us about our own time. The teachings of the desert are characterized by their simplicity, practicality, and timelessness. You will see the power of God at work in the lives of ordinary people who trustingly handed their lives over to Him.

In his foundational book, The Lausiac History, Palladius wrote, “Seek for meetings with holy men and women so that you may see clearly your own heart. . . . The grace of their thoughts will increase your strength.” By looking at the heroic examples of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, you will gain invaluable insight into your own spiritual life.

Embark on this unforgettable spiritual journey today.


  • Part I: Alone with God Alone
  • Why the Desert?
  • The Development of Monasticism
  • Daily Life in the Desert
  • Part II: Saint Antony the Great
  • The Life of Antony
  • Father of Monks
  • The Wisdom of Antony
  • Part III: A Garden in the Wilderness
  • The Words of the Fathers
  • Saint Arsenius and Saint Macarius
  • Saint John and Saint Poemen
  • Part IV: Saint Syncletica and the Desert Ammas
  • The Mothers of the Desert
  • Saint Syncletica’s Advice for Beginners
  • Saint Syncletica’s Wisdom for Life’s Journey
  • Part V: Finding Healing in the Desert
  • Saint Mary of Egypt: Into the Desert
  • Desert Conversions: Saint Mary of Egypt and Saint Moses the Ethiopian
  • Saint Moses the Ethiopian: The Convert’s Wisdom




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