My Encounter with Saint Paisios the Athonite in 1986

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Blog
My Encounter with Saint Paisios the Athonite in 1986

Written by Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou I consider it a great blessing that I was able to be in the presence of this humble giant of our Faith. This was a defining moment for me as I was searching for ways to anchor my faith in Christ. Elder Paisios stood as a beacon, as a light […]

Saint Silouan and Inner Stillness

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Blog
Saint Silouan and Inner Stillness

Saint Silouan the Athonite was born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov in 1866 to Russian Orthodox parents who came from the village of Sovsk. When he was twenty-seven, he left Russia for Mount Athos and became a monk at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon where he was given the name Silouan. Silouan was an enthusiastic ascetic, someone […]

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 […]

Saint Silouan the Athonite

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog
Saint Silouan the Athonite

Today we commemorate Saint Silouan the Athonite. Silouan was born in 1866 in the Tambov region of Russia to pious parents. He thought of God, prayed, and felt drawn to the monastic life at a young age but his father advised him to serve in the military first. After a wild period in his youth, he dreamt of a