Little city hermit

Little City Hermit

My Lifestyle – Suitcases, Lover of the Theotokos, Pilgrim, Traveller

and a Little City Hermit. Belonging to Neither and Both.

(Still shying away from limelight )


As of Easter 2016, the little city hermit has been kidnapped by the Celtic Saints to the UK!



Little City Hermit


“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, 

and I in thee, that they also may be one in us ” (John 17:21, KJV)




St. Paisios of Mount Athos, my spiritual grandfather and my patron Saint




St. Paisios’ ‘Beatitudes’  make my heart leap with Joy


St. Arsenios the Cappadocian, my spiritual great-grandfather



Blessed Seraphim Rose, my spiritual great grandfather (on the other side)




“It is later than you think! Hasten, therefore, to do the work of God.”

(Blessed Seraphim Rose)


 St. John (Maximovitch) the Wonderworkermy spiritual great-great-grandfather 


Little city hermit


Sister Aggeliki Tsaousi of Blessed Memory, Unmercenary Paediatrician , my Spiritual Mother 



Mother Xeni, Abbess of St. Nectarios’ Monastery in Aegina,  blind, prescient Amma and gifted poetess, my spiritual great-great-grandmother


Little City Hermit

Last, but not least,

my own Spiritual Father

(similarly shying away from limelight )


May they all forgive me for my boldness!


 Μarán athá  



6 comments on “Little city hermit

  1. cityhermit says:

    Dearest Laura (Kinnera), Glory to God! The Celtic saints of the early church are most powerful! They have played such a crucial role in my earthly pilgrimage! A year ago I was given by my (new) English spiritual father some secondary relics of Celtic saints to bring to Greece, and I soon realised that even those tiny stones from their hermitages were full of the Holy Spirit! The Saints were so alive, would accompany me anywhere, and soon my home in Greece was “flooded” by Greek, Russian, Arabic (you name it …) Orthodox Saints’ relics. It was as if a Heavenly Synaxis was taking place at my home and these Celtic Saints were inviting other Saints from all sort of places in Greece and elsewhere. I was at such an awe because I was not really used to such happenings! As to St Kinnera’s finding you, since you had very little information about her, I experienced exactly this with St. Dymphna, who came to me for very specific reasons! I have been so touched by her generosity! I am a “cradle” Orthodox, and yet the whole experience feels exactly like converting. Having said that, I would nonetheless be very much interested in your conversion “story” if you feel like sharing it. I would be happy to give you my e-mail.

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  2. Agata says:

    Dear City Hermit Friend!

    So nice to hear from you back! So you must not be in England quite yet, but soon. May God bless your travels and send an Angel before you always….

    If you’d like to communicate via email, mine is “agatamcc” at the gmail account. I so envy you moving to England to be near the Celtic Saints, and near Essex Monastery. Even people from Greece, who know many wonderful monasteries there say Essex is special… You will find that, I am sure…
    As for America, there are a few wonderful monasteries, but I only know a handful. I think I saw photos of Fr. Seraphim Rose on your blog, so you must know of Platina Monastery (of St. Herman of Alaska). I also often visit the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco in Manton. And whenever I travel from MN (where I live) to CA, I always stop in San Francisco to visit the relics of this most wonderful Saint (Fr. Stephen Freeman mentioned that there is a connection between St. John and the Celtic Saints, but did not answer my question about it). I love your answer to Laura about how Saints from all over flooded your home in Greece. Something similar happened to me in my home, in White Bear Lake, MN. There I have St. John of San Francisco (handpainted icon from St. Gerasimos monastery in Holy Land, very miraculous in my life!!), St. Sergius of Radonezh (that icon found me in Platina), St. Philarete the Almsgiver, St. Xenia of Petersburg, St Phanourios, St. Alexis of Minneapolis, St. Jude the Apostle, St. Maxim Sandovich, first Lemko martyr from the Karpato-Rusyn tradition, child martyr Gabriel from my home town of Bialystok, Poland… And that’s just the ones that watch over me actively! In another icon corner I have all my favorite Greek Saints: Joseph the Hesychast, Paisios, Porphyrios, Silouan, Elder Sophrony, Elder Aimilianos….

    Ok, I better stop here… But I do want to know how to “be in Love” and find time… I would travel the world carrying relics if I did not have to go to work every day, to earn a living. Either you are very young and have wonderfully generous and supportive parents, or older and retired…. So if it’s something in between, I desperately want to learn and emulate your secret… Except I am older, and I have 3 teenage sons to still guide and support…

    My home parish is St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN, a most beautiful community which I am honored to belong to….

    Well, your turn… 🙂

    In Christ,

    P.S. May I ask your name? Please email me at gmail…

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  3. Karen says:


    Just chanced upon your blog – hope to read and reflect on what you have posted. Blessings on your journey, blessings on all sojourners.

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  4. Alejandro Sandoval (koln) fbook says:

    Yo también soy un caminante. I also am a wayfarer…did you know that there is an ancient orthodox expression in Spanish that means “blessed”, but with a beautiful nuance…it is this expression: “buena-adventura” or “buen-adventuroso” (lit. “good-adventure/er”).

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  5. deacon photios says:

    Hello, my name is Fr. Deacon Photios and you don’t know me. I’m trying to locate someone there in Sophia who I can pay to obtain something that Dobri Dobrev, the living Saint, has touched. Do you know anyone who might be able to do this? Thank you and God bless.


    • Your blessing. Sadly the answer is ‘no’. Yet 🙂 I have known a number of people who have met Dobri Dobrev, but nobody who currently lives near Sophia. But I will make inquiries and if I get a positive answer, I will let you know to make necessary arrangements.


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