At the age of nine, Father Anthony Delisi, son of Sicilian immigrants, heard a call from God, a call that would lead him to cross paths with such Catholic luminaries as Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and Mother Teresa. It was a call that would take him to a remote outpost in Nigeria to live as a Trappist monk amid the primal beauty and primitive villagers of West Africa. Within his compelling story of devotion, discipline, duty, and death, lies a challenge for Christians everywhere to live out their faith with joyful enthusiasm and gracious expectation wherever and however God might call them.
Father Anthony Delisi has been to Africa four times, his longest stay lasting six years, during which time he helped establish a foundation of Nigerian nuns in Abakaliki, Nigeria, serving as chaplain and supervising the construction of the monastery church. He entered Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery near Atlanta in 1948 and was ordained in 1954. He co-founded the Lay Cistercians movement, which seeks to bring monastic spirituality into the lives of interested lay people around the world. He is also the author of "Praying in the Cellar: A Guide to Facing Your Fears and Finding God" and "What Makes a Cistercian Monk?"
A Contemporary Monk's Call to Africa by Fr. Anthony Delisi