The Hermitage

True Orthodox Hermitage
of St Archangel Michael

The eremitic monastic house under the omophorion of
His Beatitude Metropolitan JOHN,
chief hierarch of the
True Orthodox Metropolia of North & South America & British Isles.

Formerly known for the heavenly patron St. John the Theologian, The Hermitage was founded on June 19 os, 1999 –Feast of St Romuald of Ravenna– by a Monk Symeon (Davidsen Kilmer)  of Syracuse, USA. Upon completion of 15 years the monk became a suburban hermit in the City of Syracuse.  He was given the name of the Benedictine St Simeon of Syracuse, Sicily (+1035).

Our Vision

“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love”. 1 John 4:8

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16

But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

“So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”
Luke 17:10

Our Values

Ascetic Labors
“Therefore, my beloved, . . .work out your own salvation with fear and trembling“. Philippians 2:12

Silence & Contemplation
“Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10

Communion with God through Prayer & Sacrifice
“Pray, without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”. 1 Peter 2:3

“The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise”. Ps. 51:12

Brotherhood in Christ
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself”. Galatians 6:2-3

Our Mission

–To Witness the Genuine Faith & True Path that is Christ God by the Threefold Good: Community, Solitude, Martyrdom.

— Perpetually offering supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for all people. so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Peter 2:2-4|

— Doing as our Lord did good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him”. Acts 10:38

Our Motto

“With One Mind, One Heart, One Life-in-Christ, We pray, weep, and repent for all!”
Ref.: Acts 4:32, Ephesians 4

The ministries of the Hermitage are:

  • To pray for those in need of salvation,
  • To pray for those in the holy priesthood,
  • To pray for those who struggle with mental distress;
  • To research the integration of secular psychological knowledge with Patristic Anthropological Wisdom into what we call Psychonöetic Analysis and PNATherapy,
  • We sponsor our own Orthodox Christian Conciliation Services (OCCS)’s Romualdian Center for Orthodox Pastoral Guidance through which services offered are counseling, therapy, coaching spiritual, pastoral and conflict resolution issues for individuals, couples and in families, adoptive families and small group dynamics.

The Hermitage resident-founder and OCCS director, Father Symeon was born in Auburn, New York [1957]; educated and trained in: 

  • Community Alternative Dispute Resolution & Family Mediation [1993], 
  • Existential & Gestalt Therapy, Addictions Counseling [1992 – 1996] and 
  • Orthodox Pastoral Counseling & Care [1998];
  • tonsured stavrophore Monk [1999], 

ΓΟΧ Hermitage of St Archangel Michael is an eremitic house under the Holy Eastern Typikon and Monastic Rules of, both, Ss. Benedict & Romuald.  In observance of Romualdian-Benedictine Spirituality The Hermitage looks to the example of its ancient founder and Western Hesychast Saint Romuald of Ravenna (+1025).

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