Skip to comments.Two Monks, Each 105 Years Old, Die on the Same Day, July 29, 2012.
Posted on 08/01/2012 7:17:56 AM PDT by marshmallow
One an Athonite, the other a Trappist... born on opposite sides of the world, in 1907... die on the same day.
The Athonite, Fr. John of Hilandari.
Today, Sunday 29 July 2012, the oldest living monk on Mount Athos reposed in the Lord. Fr. John of Hilandari was 105 years old. He lived at the Serbian Monastery of Hilandari.
Fr. John was born on 10 May 1907 in Serbia. Following World War 2 he emigrated to England where he stayed until the early 80's. It was during this time that his wife died and he decided to become a monk at Hilandari Monastery. Since then he never stepped foot off of the Holy Mountain.
Though he was a patriot of Serbia, he never once visited since World War 2, because, he says, "it is not the place I knew. It would not remind me of my childhood years and this would sadden me."
He lived a life of prayer and obedience. His service work all these years was as a gardener. Many remember him as the monk with bags on his knees crawling throughout the garden. - finish reading here.
The Trappist, Fr. Daniel of New Melleray.
(Excerpt) Read more at abbey-roads.blogspot.com ...
So much for married men live longer, ha!
Sometimes it just seems longer.....
RIP for both.