Twenty Years of Gratitude: Life Since Athos

In late 2020, the UK-based charity Friends of Mount Athos celebrated its 30th anniversary with a magnificently produced hardcover coffee-table book published by Brepolis, and featuring the memoirs and photographs of numerous members.

My contribution to this group effort was an essay entitled “Twenty Years of Gratitude: Life Since Athos.”

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The essay recounts the oddly intertwined series of events that led me from Oxford to a chance encounter with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and his entourage in Istanbul, and from there to several fortuitous experiences at the monasteries of Mount Athos- a rewarding experience that gave me a new appreciation for the living traditions and dedicated spirituality of the monks and the Orthofox faithful.

Encounters on the Holy Mountain contains articles by numerous famous authors among its 300-plus pages, and makes the perfect gift for anyone passionate about Greece, Mount Athos, or Orthodoxy in general. You can get more information about the book, and buy it directly from the publisher, by vising this link to the Brepolis website.

Photo: Chris Deliso, 2018