St. Dionysius the Rhetorician and His Disciple, St. Mitrophanes

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog
St. Dionysius the Rhetorician and His Disciple, St. Mitrophanes

On the southernmost tip of the Athonite peninsula lies a region known as ‘the desert’.  For centuries, hermits and hesychasts have come to this rough terrain in search of greater solitude and stillness.  Graham Speake, in his book Mount Athos: Renewal in Paradise (2002), offers a good description of this remote area: “The landscape is incredibly desolate here […]

Four Desert Fathers

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Blog
Four Desert Fathers

Over the past seven days we’ve commemorated several important Desert Fathers. The first three lived in the desert and wilderness of Palestine and the fourth lived in the ‘utter desert’ of Egypt where there was ‘a huge silence and great quiet.’¹

charitonSaint Chariton the Confessor fearlessly confessed Christ during Aurelian’s persecution and was tortured then thrown into prison. He was later released and vowed to live a life of ascesis and renunciation. On his way to Jerusalem thieves abducted Chariton and …