Babá Antonio Mondesíre Cabrera, M.S is an Ifá Priest In the West African tradition known as Ifà a.k.a “Yorùbá Religion”.
Colloquially known as a “Babalawo” an honorific title for an Ifá Priest – this term translates as “Father of Esoteric Knowledge”.
Esoteric Knowledge is a process of lifetime study. In this life journey and continuing into the great beyond…….
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.
With Ifá ordination in Nigeria and Obàtálá ordination in New York in the Lùkùmí Order of Orisha – the Afro- Cuban expression of the Yoruba religion, he integrates the spiritual values of his ancestry with his ordinations and with that of the Indigenous Americas as we all create more relevant humanitarian paradigms for 21st century society.
Affectionately known as Baba Tony, 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.
He is also 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.
An expectant author, a motivational speaker / Ifá teacher – conversant on diverse spiritual, holistic and social issues, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Iyálosha Carmen (Priestess of Oyá).