Elder Antipa had been tonsured with a
name Leonty in 30-s of XIX century by the Abbot of the Moldavian monastery "Braz"
archimandrite Dimitry, who later blessed him to come to Afon. On the Holy Mount Afon,
after three years of stay in the monastery "Esfigmen", he had been tonsured
into great schema with a name Antipa by Moldavian elder, scheme priest-monk Nifont,
later founded Romanian skete "Prodromos" (in honor of St. John the Precursor).
After taking the veil in scheme the father Antipa began his feat as desert dweller.