The Elder Cleopa of Romania

Thursday, March 24, 2016

On December 2, 1998 the remarkable earthly life of one of the most outstanding Orthodox spiritual elders of the 20th century: Elder Cleopa of Romania ended. While over 10,000 people gathered for his funeral at the Sihastria Monastery in the Carpathian Mountains of northeastern Romania, the news of his death traveled around the world. Even such secular outlets as The New York Times carried a notice of his death and the even the local newspaper in far-away Salinas, Kansas carried the story: Romanian Holy Man Dies.

Father Cleopa was born Constantine Ilie and from a very young age was uninterested in matters of this world but those of heaven. Read more...