Babá Antonio Mondesíre is an Awo Ifá Ol’Obàtálá (colloquially known as a “Babalawo”; an Ifá Priest – poetically translates as “Father of Esoteric Knowledge“) in the West African religion known as Ifà, also known as “Yorùbá Religion.”
Born and raised in New York City of Puerto Rican and Easter Caribbean parents, he came to Ifá through his quest for the spiritual tradition of his ancestors. He is ordained as a Babalawo in the Nigerian lineages of the tradition and as an “Ol’Obàtálá “(Obàtálá Priest) in the Lukùmi Order of Orisha – the Afro- Cuban family of the Yoruba religion.
Baba Tony is the Interfaith Ambassador of the Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, the first church of its kind in the United States, which established legal recognition of this African Traditional religion.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY), which works to overcome prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities.
Baba Tony Integrates spiritual tradition of the Yoruba of West Africa with his foundation – it’s diasporic expression – the Lukumi Order of Cuba, the ethics of indigenous spiritual values of the Americas and our evolving paradigms of 21st-century society. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Iyá Carmen (Priestess of Oyá).