Hieromonk Ilie Cioruță from Cernica Monastery. A figure of the Romanian Paterikon

This hermit was born in the village of Vasile Alecsandri, Tulcea county, in a family with ten children. Orphaned by his parents, he attended the Theological Seminary in Constanța, then married, studied at the Faculty of Theology in Bucharest and became a priest in Ilfov County, pastoring several villages. Here he carried out an outstanding missionary work, with great zeal for Christ, receiving no payment for his services and doing much charity work with the poor and the sick. Between 1962 and 1964 he was imprisoned by the atheist regime for his zeal in the service of Christ’s Church. When […]

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