Event: Sunday 18 July 2010
Updated: 23 July 2010
Hiermonk John Anderson celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sunday.
In attendance were Monks Silouan and Sebastian from the Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael in nearby Cañones. Both monks came from the Monastery in California, which was founded by Metropolitan Jonah. Fr. Silouan is acting Superior of the monastery at present. His companion Monk Sebastian will be returning to California later this summer.
I had the pleasure to inquire about Fr. Silouan's spiritual journey into Orthodoxy. He had first found a Hindu path, which led him to the Eastern Rite Catholic Church. He finally came to Orthodoxy when he serendipitously met Fr. Jonah in Southern California, who invited him to his monastery in Northern California. It was an immediate recognition for Fr. Silouan and he knew he had finally found what he had been looking for. Little did he know at the time that his new mentor would soon rise to become the metropolitan!